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Ed Harris ... Billy

Gary Lahti ... Alan

Tom Savini ... Morgan
Amy Ingersoll ... Linet

Patricia Tallman ... Julie
Christine Forrest ... Angie
Warner Shook ... Pippin
Brother Blue ... Merlin
Cynthia Adler ... Rocky
John Amplas ... Whiteface
Don Berry ... Bagman
Amanda Davies ... Sheila

Martin Ferrero ... Bontempi

Ken Foree ... Little John
Ken Hixon ... Steve

John Hostetter ... Tuck
Harold Wayne Jones ... Bors
Randy Kovitz ... Punch
Michael P. Moran ... Cook (as Michael Moran)

Scott H. Reiniger ... Marhalt (as Scott Reiniger)
Maureen Sadusk ... Judy Rawls
Albert Amerson ... Indian
Ronald Carrier ... Hector
Anthony Dileo Jr. ... Corncook (as Tim DiLeo)
David Early ... Bleoboris
John Harrison ... Pellinore
Marty Schiff ... Ban

Taso N. Stavrakis ... Ewain
Robert Williams ... Kay
Molly McCloskey ... Corncook's Woman
Judith Barrett ... Musician Trio (as Judy Barrett)
Ian Gallacher ... Musician Trio
Donald Rubinstein ... Musician Trio
James A. Baffico ... Lester Dean (as Jim Baffico)
Iva Jean Saraceni ... Helen Dean
Chris Jessel ... Boy Billy
Bingo O'Malley ... Sheriff Rilly
Nann Mogg ... Mrs. Rilly
Nancy Hopwood ... Sam
Victor Pappas ... Photographer

Stephen King ... Hoagie Man
Tabitha King ... Hoagie Man's Wife

Jennifer Elizabeth ... Baby in Stroller (as Jennifer Davis)
Hugh Rose ... Jess
William Bardwell
Greg Besnak ... Rhino - Bald Mustachioed Head Biker at Renaissance Faire
Nancy Blum
Elva Branson
Leilani Cataldi
Sal Carollo ... Mob (as Sal Carullo)
Mark Carson
Nancy Chesney
Ramona Dowiak
Julia Dunster
Patrick Dunster
Cliff Forrest ... Blonde Bearded Squire
George Jaber
Jeannie Jefferies ... Jeannie - Bontempi's Girlfriend (as Jeannie Jeffries)
Janet Kennedy
Louis Koepper
Tommy Lafitte ... 1st Trumpeter
Gary Lee Leventhal (as Gary Leventhal)
Tom Madden ... Mob
Rick Marchisio
Jim McKissock
Ann Muffly
Chris O'Connor

Jeff Paul
Joseph Pilato ... Disgruntled Fair Worker (as Joseph F. Pilato)
John Mark Ridings
Joe Shelby ... Dark Bearded Squire (as Joe Shelleby)

Mark Tierno
Fred Tietz
Bobbi Van Eman (as Bobbi VanEman)
Ramona Zini ... Babe Posing in Photo with Morgan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Abeln ... Red Bearded Glasses Faire Worker (uncredited)
Rik Billock ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
Sharon Ceccatti ... Peasant (uncredited)

Gary Davis ... Biker - Rhino's Sidekick (uncredited)
Barry Gress ... 2nd Trumpeter (uncredited)
Barry Gutterman ... Bemused Fan (uncredited)
Clayton Hill ... Clerk in Town Hall Office (uncredited)

S. William Hinzman ... Mustachioed Archer in Tree (uncredited)
Jeff Logan ... In a Crowd Scene (uncredited)
Pat Logan ... In a Crowd Scene (uncredited)
Nicholas Mastandrea ... Red Collared White Shirted Customer standing on chair in Big Dollar Offer Cafe (uncredited)
Richard Ricci ... Red Suspenders Customer clapping in Big Dollar Offer Cafe (uncredited)
Richard P. Rubinstein ... Crowd Member holding Baby on his shoulders (uncredited)
Nick Tallo ... Red Shirted Customer in Big Dollar Offer Cafe (uncredited)
Jeanette Lansel Vaira ... Cameo (uncredited)
Larry Vaira ... Long Haired Mustachioed Biker at Renaissance Faire (uncredited)

Directed by
George A. Romero 
Writing credits
George A. Romero (written by)

Produced by
Salah M. Hassanein .... executive producer
Richard P. Rubinstein .... producer
David E. Vogel .... associate producer
Original Music by
Donald Rubinstein 
Cinematography by
Michael Gornick (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Pasquale Buba 
George A. Romero 
Production Design by
Cletus Anderson 
Makeup Department
Liz Augenstein .... makeup assistant
Luigi Caesar Caruso .... hair stylist (as Luigi Caruso)
Jeannie Jefferies .... makeup artist (as Jeannie Jeffries Brown)
Mick Lanzino .... hair stylist
Ruth Edmonds .... makeup artist: Brother Blue (uncredited)
Production Management
Zilla Clinton .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pasquale Buba .... first assistant director
Clayton Hill .... second assistant director
John Roddick .... second assistant director
Art Department
William Brewer .... assistant to the production designer
James C. Feng .... set and props (as Jim Feng)
Ed Fountain .... construction coordinator
William H. Franko .... set and props (as William Franko)
Martin Giles .... set and props
John Ivo Gilles .... set and props (as John Gilles)
Michael Gorman .... properties master
Virginia Hildreth .... properties mistress (as Virginia E. Hildreth)
Ellen Hopkins .... scenic painter
Roderick Mayne .... set and props
Michael McMackin .... set and props
Bruce Miller .... assistant to the production designer
Bruce Moore .... set and props
Christine Oagley .... assistant to the production designer
Sound Department
Carl Augenstein .... sound
John Butler .... sound mixer
John Butler .... sound
Fred Christie .... sound recording engineer
Jim Forrester .... sound
Don Garvin .... sound engineer
Richard M. Sieg .... boom operator (as Richard Sieg)
Jack Walworth .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Larry Roberts .... special effects
Gary Davis .... stunt coordinator
Gary Davis .... stunts
Tim A. Davison .... stunts (as Tim Davison)
Art E. Fredenburgh .... stunts (as Art Fredenburgh)
Trudy Gray .... stunt driver
Pat Green .... stunts
John Hateley .... stunts (as John Hately)
Freddie Hice .... stunts
Steve Holladay .... stunts
Richard Humphreys .... stunts
Gary Hymes .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts
R.A. Rondell .... stunts
Reid Rondell .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunts
David Zellitti .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Abeln .... grip
Carl Augenstein .... gaffer
Tom Dubensky .... first assistant camera
Rich Dwyer .... grip
Jim Forrester .... gaffer
Michael Gornick .... camera operator
James Hamilton .... still photographer
Salah Hassanein Jr. .... grip
Brian Haughin .... grip
Lenny Lies .... grip
Ed Marritz .... camera operator: second unit
Nicholas Mastandrea .... key grip (as Nick Mastandrea)
Richard Ricci .... grip
John Rice .... second assistant camera
Russell Rockwell .... camera operator: second unit
Chad Stockdale .... grip
Nick Tallo .... grip
Casting Department
Sharon Ceccatti .... local casting
Jim Wilhelm .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Anderson .... costume construction coordinator
Kathy Grillo .... wardrobe
Howard Kaplan .... wardrobe
Elizabeth Murray .... wardrobe
Nancy A. Palmatier .... wardrobe (as Nancy Palmatier)
Patricia Risser .... wardrobe
Claudia Stephens .... wardrobe (as Claudia Stephens Anderson)
Alison Todd .... wardrobe
David Velasquez .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Tony Buba .... assistant editor
Rich Dwyer .... assistant editor
Nicholas Mastandrea .... assistant editor (as Nick Mastandrea)
Music Department
Michelle Camillo .... additional music arranger
Eddy Daniels .... musician
David Franco .... music supervisor
Bill Frisell .... musician
Peter Gordon .... musician
Gordon Gottlieb .... musician
Paul Johnson .... musician
Emmanuel Vardi .... conductor (as Emanuel Vardi)
Brother Blue .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Randy Kovitz .... musician: percussions (uncredited)
Transportation Department
P.D. Levy .... transportation coordinator (as Peter Levy)
Michael P. Walsh .... transportation captain
Other crew
Leslie Chapman .... location manager
Marie Fiduccia .... production coordinator
Bruce Gattenbein .... mechanic (as Bruce Gantenbein)
Sandra Jetton .... script supervisor
Tom Madden .... production assistant
Simon Manses .... motorcycle coordinator
Debbie Pinthus .... production assistant
Reid Rosefelt .... publicist
Curtis Sayblack .... production controller
Earl Schriver .... bird handler
Debra Shata .... assistant to producers
Donna Siegel .... assistant to producers
Jim Stephenson .... mechanic
Anne Thompson .... publicist
Susan Vermazen .... location publicity
Holly Hunter .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"George A. Romero's Knightriders" - International (English title) (trailer title), USA (complete title)
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146 min | Germany:102 min | Finland:141 min (video release) | Finland:115 min (TV) (1988)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD version) (uncut) | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:12 (heavily cut)

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The knight-name nick-name of Billy (Ed Harris) was "King William".See more »
Continuity: Morgan's hair as he gets out of the pool goes from being soaking wet, to barely damp.See more »
Bagman:You see, the way I see it is this: You got two separate fights. The one for truth and justice and the American way of life and all that. That's gotta take a backseat to the one for staying alive. You gotta stay alive! Man, you can have the most beautiful ideals in the whole world...See more »
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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Fighting the Dragon, 5 February 2001
Author: krasnegar ( from Atlanta

Sometimes it's too long.

Sometimes it's just right.

But even when i watch it and say -Yup, too long!- i can never decide what to cut.

I love to put this on for people who have never seen it and have no idea of what they're in for -- the careful arrangements, compositions and camerawork of the opening sequence, as the King and his Queen tarry a while in the (probably enchanted) woods, in the lovely golden sunlight, then dress themselves, he girds on his armor, he mounts his mighty steed (shot composed so that we see only his torso, the steed being out of shot at the bottom), she mounts side-saddle on the pillion...

And BARRROOOOMMMM!!!! that huge bike roars into life and the camera pulls back as we see them ride away...

It's almost as much of a jolt as the narrow-to-wide cut at the beginning of "Road Warrior"... and just as important to see (if possible) on a big screen the first time.

Kings and queens, knights and heroes; a wizard... even a faithful Indian companion; it's all here.

Action, adventure, humor, treachery and heroism -- all here.

Love and hate, jealousy and heart break? Present and accounted for.

Bad guys get theirs, hero vindicated in the end? What do you think?

And incredible, incredible action work. This film equals or even surpasses "The Road Warrior" in its motorcycle work. I'm still not sure if the final stunt is faked or whether they actually did it -- either way, my hat's off to the people who put it on the screen.

Ed Harris, as King Billy, whose vision forms the kingdom, whose unhealing wound signifies danger ahead, and whose malaise may well doom the kingdom, is brilliant.

Brother Blue as Merlin is indescribable -- but in a good context.

Patricia Tallman, who has gone on to a dual career as actress and stuntwoman (recurring on "Babylon 5" as telepath "Lita" and doing stunts in the film "Long Kiss Goodnight") has what i believe is her first screen appearance, playing a townie girl who is temporarily admitted into the kingdom's magic, but must eventually go home if only to tell the world what she's seen, is good...

Tom Savini as Morgan, the villain (hiss, boo) is Jes' Fine...

I have always described this film as the one film i know of that gets the closest to the truths that underlie the King Arthur legends...

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