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Knightriders (1981)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  10 April 1981 (USA)
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A medieval reenactment troupe find it increasingly difficult to keep their family-like group together, with pressure from local law enforcement, interest from entertainment agents and a growing sense of delusion from their leader.


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A travelling troupe of jousters and performers are slowly cracking under the pressure of hick cops, financial troubles and their failure to live up to their own ideals. The group's leader, King Billy, is increasingly unable to maintain his warrior's rule while the Black Knight is being tempted away to LA and stardom, as they all have to ask why they were here in the first place. Written by David Carroll <>

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The Games...The Romance...The Spirit...Camelot is a state of mind.


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10 April 1981 (USA)  »

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George A. Romero's Knightriders  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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| (video release) | (TV) (1988)

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Star Ed Harris had previously learned how to ride a motorbike from appearing in the television series CHiPs (1977). See more »


The fog in the final joust changes between shots. See more »


Merlin: If I didn't believe in magic, I'd still be treating gall bladders, prostates and stuff like that. See, magic ain't got nothing to do with organs and glands and busted necks. Magic got to do with the soul, man. Only the soul's got destiny. It got wings. It's can fly. That's magic. The body? The body's just got a few minutes down here in the dirt with the rest of us.
Billy: You see things before they happen.
Merlin: That's probability. Some things is just sure to happen. Seeing em comin' ain't nothing to get ...
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Spoofs The Wild One (1953) See more »


I'd Rather Be A Wanderer
Music, Lyrics and Sung by Donald Rubinstein
© 1981 United Film Distribution Co. - United Artists Corporation/Donald Rubinstein
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What a great movie!
17 June 1999 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Popular artists tend to be snidely dismissed from serious consideration, particularly if they consider serious issues within what is meant to be popular work. George Romero does this routinely. So, yes, the Living Dead films are popular horror movies, just out for a scare---but they also are an interesting portrait of the cracks in our social life. In "Knightriders," underneath the trappings of an adventure movie with lots of action (I'm still wondering how some of their stunt-riders survived) is a serious film about people trying to find an alternative to modern life. It is his finest film, I think, and sticks with you. I didn't always think so highly of the film--I liked it, but didn't consider it anything special, when I first saw it. Over the years since it's release, I've found it remains in my thoughts, and, having seen it several times since, I've noticed more in it every time. Beyond that, it is exciting, well-made, and Ed Harris is superb, though everyone has come to expect that of him.

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