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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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Alan
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Morgan
Amy Ingersoll ...
Linet
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Julie
Christine Forrest ...
Angie
Warner Shook ...
Pippin
Brother Blue ...
Cynthia Adler ...
Rocky
John Amplas ...
Whiteface
Don Berry ...
Bagman
Amanda Davies ...
Sheila
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Bontempi
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Little John
Ken Hixon ...
Steve
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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 <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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

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Action | Drama

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tabitha King: The wife of Stephen King as a Hoagie Man's Wife. See more »

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Morgan's hair as he gets out of the pool goes from being soaking wet, to barely damp. See more »

Quotes

Linet: Everybody here made a conscious, adult decision to be here. To be with you. When you go crazy, you force them to rethink that decision. You've got to...
Billy: Compromise.
Linet: Change doesn't have to mean compromise. We're bigger now. Things are different. Christ, we've got an overhead.
Billy: Publicity helps the overhead by bringing in more crowds, more suckerheaded American driftwood that can't tell the difference between me and Jim Jones, or Charles Manson, or the Great Wallenda. That kid... that kid thinks ...
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Referenced in Two Masters' Eyes (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Signifying Monkey
Music & Lyrics by Oscar Brown Jr.
© 1981 United Film Distribution Co. - United Artists Corporation/Donald Rubinstein
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Potential Cult Classic
17 July 2010 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

OK, besides Ed Harris and Tom Savini, who else is in this amazing biker film from the early 80s? Well, it doesn't really matter because sometimes things just come together in a way that transcends what the likely original intent was, to patch together a biker movie about jousting knights who engage in feudal combat from motorcycles instead of horses. Yep. The costumes are a bit cheesy, the acting is a bit raw and amateurish and the story..., ah, the story: The story is the Arthurian tragedy of innocence, self sacrifice, honor and unfaithfulness. The tale works around the triad of the King, the very young Ed Harris, the villain, the wonderful Tom Savini and the knight protector, Lancelot, Gary Lahti. Each of these figures represents an archetype which very likely unbeknown to the film makers and they come through wonderfully in the way in which this tale is patched together. Billy,as the King Arthur prototype is idealistic, uncompromising loyal to his own mythology and like the legendary Arthur, ego-less. His loyal knight retainer, Alan, is Lancelot in his nobility and loyalty to his sovereign while coveting his wife all the time. Savini is purely delightful as the Modred counterpart, even taking Morgan le Fay's name as a pun. Morgan covets the crown and tries to usurp it by going off only to discover his new realm is a forest of paper tigers. The final scene and resolution of the tragedy works wonderfully, giving a the only glimpse of the famous story-teller and raconteur, Brother Blue as the wizard, Merlin.

As an anthropologist and mythologist, I saw this tale back in the early 80s and was impressed how the underlying mythology of an essentially low budget film held together in such a wonderful way in spite of a few flaws. I consider it a cult classic.


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