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Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984)

Gawain was a squire in King Arthur's court when the Green Knight burst in and offered to play a game with a brave knight. No knights stand to defend their king's honor. Except for the ... See full summary »

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Gawain was a squire in King Arthur's court when the Green Knight burst in and offered to play a game with a brave knight. No knights stand to defend their king's honor. Except for the valiant Gawain. After being quickly knighted Gawain plays the game, but learns that it's all a trick, and he has lost. But the Green Knight shows mercy, letting Gawain grow a year older before having to face the consequences. Gawain journeys across the land, learning about life, saving damsels, and solving the Green Knight's riddle. Written by Sean Kilby and Jason Parker <gestalt@ix.netcom.com>

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Director Stephen Weeks wanted to cast Mark Hamill as Gawain, but Producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus cast Miles O'Keeffe instead. See more »

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Camera and sound equipment shadows fall across Gawain and the Baron during their sword fight in the pit. See more »

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Oswald: [while overseeing Sir Gawain's torture] You can scream if you want to.
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Version of Gawain and the Green Knight (1991) See more »

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A nice bit of English "halo-halo" which merges the stories of three Arthurian knights.
12 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Golan and Globus are known for low-budget "trying hard" spectaculars out to make money, not win awards so I was bit leery when I went to see this movie. To my surprise it turned out to be good. Some of my favorite British actors were in it like Trevor Howard, Peter Cushing and of course, Sean Connery. Golan and Globus were right when they insisted on Miles O'Keefe over Mark Hamill who was the choice of director Stephen Weeks. With Hamil, people would have unjustly compared this movie with Star Wars. And as it turned out, Hamill was a one-shot wonder (three shots, actually with the Star Wars Trilogy). I remember him starring in a cheap sci-fi flick the advertising for which was a Star Wars rip-off while the plot was a Terminator rip-off. It bombed of course. Miles O'Keefe did very well exuding youthful daring with self-deprecating humor.

In any case, Arthurian legend purists need not grouse about the fact that Sword of the Valiant mixes the stories of Sir Gawain (the Green Knight story is his), Sir Owein (the Lady of Lyonesse) and Sir Percival (the encounter with a knight in red armor). It's like shooting three birds with one stone and should motivate people to read up on Mallory et al. Besides, the movie is really a merry mix of adventure, action, comedy and romance. In Filipino, we call this "halo-halo," literally "mix-mix" used to describe an iced dessert with sweet beans, custard, gelatin, roasted young rice, tapioca, coconut strands, banana, jackfruit and what have you. Gawain's relationship with Linet is suitably romantic and knightly (that is, chaste). The mysterious character Linet is aptly portrayed by Cyrielle Claire whose beauty is of fairy tale quality.

Despite the daunting looks of the Dowager Lady of Lyonesse, she has a rollicking sense of humor. When Gawain slew the Black Knight in fair duel, he became the Lord Protector of Lyonesse. But that was not his only inherited duty as the Lady of Lyonesse coyly pointed out. You should hear the way she said it.

Sean Connery is suitably menacing. Trevor Howard, as the almost senile King Arthur didn't have much time to act; likewise Peter Cushing but their presence lent weight to the film.


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