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17 August 1984 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Miles O'Keeffe ... Sir Gawain

Cyrielle Clair ... Linet (as Cyrielle Claire)
Leigh Lawson ... Humphrey

Sean Connery ... The Green Knight

Trevor Howard ... The King

Peter Cushing ... Seneschal - Gaspar
Ronald Lacey ... Oswald

Lila Kedrova ... Lady of Lyonesse

John Rhys-Davies ... Baron Fortinbras
Wilfrid Brambell ... Porter
Bruce Lidington ... Sir Bertilak
Douglas Wilmer ... The Black Knight
Brian Coburn ... Friar Vosper

David Rappaport ... Sage

Emma Sutton ... Morgan La Fay
Thomas Heathcote ... Armourer
John Serret ... Priest

Mike Edmonds ... Tiny Man
John Pierce Jones ... Sergeant (as John Pierce-Jones)
James Windsor ... 1st Recruit
Richardson Morgan ... 2nd Recruit (as Ric Morgan)
Peter Mackriel ... 3rd Recruit (as Peter MacKriel)
Jerold Wells ... 1st Torturer
Harry Jones ... 2nd Torturer
John J. Carney ... Messenger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Firth ... Sir Gawain (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Weeks 
Writing credits
Stephen Weeks (screenplay) &
Howard C. Pen (screenplay) &
Philip M. Breen (screenplay)

Rosemary Sutcliff (additional dialogue) &
Therese Burdon (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Philip M. Breen .... executive producer
Yoram Globus .... producer
Menahem Golan .... producer
Michael J. Kagan .... executive producer (as Michael Kagan)
Basil Keys .... associate producer
Sture Rydman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Ron Geesin 
Cinematography by
Peter Hurst 
Freddie Young 
Film Editing by
Richard Marden 
Barry Peters 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
Production Design by
Maurice Fowler 
Derek Nice 
Costume Design by
Shuna Harwood 
Makeup Department
Ernest Gasser .... makeup artist (as Ernie Gasser)
Ramon Gow .... hair stylist
Ilona Herman .... hairdresser: Mr. Connery
Ilona Herman .... makeup artist: Mr. Connery
Marcello Longhi .... hairdresser: Mr. O'Keeffe
Marcello Longhi .... makeup artist: Mr. O'Keeffe
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
Régine Navaro .... makeup artist: Miss Claire (as Regine Navarro)
Mary Sturgess .... hair stylist
Norma Webb .... hair stylist
Production Management
Adam Kempton .... production manager
Basil Somner .... unit manager: France
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Bracknell .... first assistant director
Jerry Daly .... third assistant director
Richard Hoult .... first assistant director: second unit
Rod Lomax .... third assistant director
Michel Mercy .... second assistant director
Zsuzsanna Mills .... second assistant director
Sture Rydman .... second unit director
Ken Tuohy .... first assistant director
Andrew Warren .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Dennis Bovington .... carpenter (as Denis Bovington)
Les Butterfield .... carpenter
John Chisholm .... stand-by propman (as Johnny Chisholm)
Derek Creedon .... stand-by propman
Bob Douglas .... stand-by propman (as Robert Douglas)
John Field .... rigger (as John Fields)
Eddie Francis .... property master (as Eddy Francis)
Bert Gadsden .... stand-by propman
Julie Graysmark .... draughtsperson
Timothy Hayes .... stagehand (as Tim Hayes)
Gary Hedges .... carpenter
John Hedges .... construction manager
Bill Howe .... rigger
Harry Newman .... property master
Michael Pickwoad .... assistant art director
Brian Read .... production buyer
David Reilly .... stand-by propman
Ray Rose .... property storeman
Dennis Simmonds .... stand-by propman
Alfie Smith .... dressing propman (as Alf Smith)
Eric Strange .... dressing propman
Jack Towns .... stand-by propman
Danny Tuhey .... painter
David Williams .... rigger
Val Wolstenholme .... set dresser
Sound Department
Malcolm Davies .... sound recordist
Richard Fettes .... assistant sound editor
Teddy Mason .... sound editor (as Ted Mason)
Tony Message .... sound editor
Dennis Nisbett .... sound assistant (as Denis Nisbett)
Robert Robinson .... assistant sound editor
George Stephenson .... sound recordist
Nicholas Stevenson .... sound editor (as Nick Stephenson)
Hugh Strain .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Turner .... boom operator
Colin Wood .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Nobby Clark .... special effects supervisor (as Nobby Clarke)
Philip Clark .... special effects technician
Peter Davey .... special effects technician
Daniel Parker .... special effects prosthetics
Tim Rose .... creator and maker: toad
Aaron Sherman .... effects: Green Knight head
Geoffrey Smith .... special effects crew
Geoffrey Smith .... special effects technician
John Warkwell .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Cliff Culley .... visual effects
Neil Culley .... visual effects
Brian Bowes .... stunts
Tim Condren .... stunt coordinator
Graeme Crowther .... stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunt coordinator
John Lees .... stunts
Gareth Milne .... stunts
Dinny Powell .... stunts
Tim Walsh .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Chic Anstiss .... camera operator: first unit
Tom Brown .... electrical gaffer
Trevor Coop .... camera operator: second unit
Tony Cridlin .... camera grip
John Deaton .... camera focus: second unit
David Farrell .... still photographer
Roy Ford .... camera operator: first unit
Ken Groom .... clapper loader: second unit
Ian Henderson .... camera focus: second unit
Peter Hopkins .... camera grip
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... camera grip (as Chunky Huse)
Dickie Lee .... camera grip: second unit
Brian Martin .... electrician
Graham Miller .... electrical gaffer
Russell Padwick .... electrician
Reg Parsons .... best boy
Kelvin Pike .... camera operator: second unit
Chris Pinnock .... camera focus
Peter Robinson .... camera focus: second unit
Roy Rodhouse .... electrical gaffer
Mike Rutter .... camera focus
Danny Shelmerdine .... clapper loader
James Smart .... electrician
James Terry .... electrician
Ken Thoms .... best boy
Toby Tyler .... electrician (as David Tyler)
David Watkins .... clapper loader
Les Weighell .... electrician
Jack White .... electrician
Casting Department
Ann Stanborough .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alan Flyng .... wardrobe assistant
Vanessa Mimms .... wardrobe assistant
Don Mothersill .... wardrobe master
Judy Shrewsbury .... wardrobe assistant
James Smith .... wardrobe master (as Jimmy Smith)
Editorial Department
Roy Birchley .... assistant editor
Simon Manley .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ron Geesin .... musician
Transportation Department
Jack Coggins .... driver: generator
Other crew
Craig Barwick .... location cashier
Marilyn Clarke .... continuity
Peter Corrigan .... armorer
Glen English .... armorer (as Glyn English)
Terry English .... armor designer
Terry English .... armory maker
Ceri Evans .... continuity: second unit
Jeanne Ferber .... production assistant
Claude Gresset .... location manager: France
Michael Hartman .... production coordinator
Ron Hickson .... titles
Patrick Isherwood .... production accountant
Sandy Langdale .... production accountant
Ben Laycock .... location manager: Wales
Dominique Lefèvre .... production secretary: France
Joan McLoughlin .... secretary to director
Gerard Naprous .... horse master
Felicity Newton .... secretary to producer
Sally Pardo .... production secretary
Patrick Rattray .... production runner
Anthony Squire .... director: action sequences
Frances Stephenson .... production secretary
Juliette Toutain .... location manager: France
Roger Towne .... story consultant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sword of the Valiant" - USA (video box title)
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USA:102 min
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Director Stephen Weeks wanted to cast Mark Hamill as Gawain, but producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus imposed Miles O'Keeffe instead.See more »
Continuity: Morgan La Fay's hairdo noticeably changes from her long shots to her close-ups.See more »
Oswald:[while overseeing Sir Gawain's torture] You can scream if you want to.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Excalibur (1981)See more »


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17 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A Magnificent, Humorous, Fantastic Vision, 14 July 2001
Author: Scott Andrew Hutchins ( from New York, New York

Yes, this film has weaknesses, notably Miles O'Keefe in the lead. It doesn't really hurt the film, being a hero type role, but it doesn't help, either. The film is a collection of episodes in a year of Gawain's life, which cycles through four seasons in the pattern of the Green Knight's life. The sense of time is rather peculiar, and it's unclear how Gawain rejoins his squire after visiting Leonesse, yet somehow it all fits. The film builds its vignettes around the game of the Green Knight's four part riddle. The film seems to have been botched in the editing room a bit, as the script is excellent, though with a great deal of joke cracking, notably one about a corkscrew that gets repeated an extra time, although it's the only one of the jokes that could be considered camp.

The film is sumptuously photographed, and the cast and the sets are wonderful to look at. Weeks planned to incorporate footage from _Gawain and the Green Knight_, but everything that the producers took out of that film they destroyed, this time hampered again by producers, who denied him final cut and forced him to cast O'Keefe after _Tarzan the Ape Man_ proved a box office success, despite being universally loathed.

The music score is rousing, but it was done on a computer, and so the timbres seem jarring. The humor and makeup effects are obviously jarring to some. Also jarring is the bright yellow bars letterboxing the credits of the video version. While the film suffers from being preserved only in pan and scan, I couldn't wait for the letterboxing to end since it makes the opening sequence more difficult to watch with the yellow glaring at you.

Don't let the bad reviews of this film dissuade you. This is a thoughtful film, buggered in the production process, but much of its glory still shines through. Know going in its a semi-comedy, and that some of the cast, including the aforementioned O'Keefe and Cyrielle, who is lovely but had to have all her lines dubbed, being a French speaker, and the likelihood you'll appreciate this film will go up. Most of the film works so well that I focused on that rather than its weaknesses. I also picked up Weeks's _Madhouse Mansion_ in the same closeout sale (Video Update went into Chapter 11 and is selling off the inventory from most of their stores in the area). That film has been equally poorly received by IMDb users, yet I have read (in _Video Watchdog_) that it is his best work. After having seen this, I hope to list it among the greatest film ever made. This is certainly one of the most entertaining fantasies I've seen in a long time. The other reviews I see here sound like reviews for _Wizards of the Lost Kingdom_ except that they mention Connery's Green Knight, which is certainly impressive. Other than that, it seems like we saw different films.

An entertaining film with weaknesses is still an entertaining film if it makes you think and rouses your spirits. Could have been better, but unquestionably worth seeing.

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