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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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This movie was filmed during September and October 1982.See more »
Continuity: Morgan La Fay's hairdo noticeably changes from her long shots to her close-ups.See more »
Sir Gawain:Does your mother know you do this?See more »


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22 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful Entertainment for All Ages, 22 December 2004
Author: batzi8m1 from Watsonville, California

Both the stories of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Owain a the Lady of the Fountain are classic remnants of an oral tradition more ancient than the French Norman Romances and 14th Century Welsh Mabinogion story collections, yet both thought these two stories worthy of retelling and recording in written form much like Tristan and Parzifal. And there's a good reason for it, obviously good enough reason to get the likes of Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Lila Kedrova, and John Rhys-Davies to take part in this admittedly cheesy production. (The fact that this was a Golan Globus production should have been a clue to any movie fan.)

The ancient Celtic bards had to memorize some 100 major stories and 200 minor ones to entertain the folks during those long cold winter nights. While Tristan and Parcival belong to the former, Gawain and Owain belong to the latter. These are ribald entertainments for light late night story telling entertainment much like a James Bond, or a cheesy B-Movie. In fact I have heard one professor of Medieval Studies refer to Owain as the James Bond of the Arthurian cycles. And the middle part of this film that deals with Lyonese captures the whole Bond formula (or I should say formula which Fleming followed) of impossible predicament (ala Dr. Evil's "No. Intend to set up an elaborate death and walk away assuming it happened."), narrow escape, beautiful damsel, daring do, hand to hand combat against impossible odds complete with tongue in cheek reparté.

I loved the movie for what it was from the moment I saw Trevor Howard's aging Arthur acting line the mean spirited cranky old fart the Welsh triads depict (not the "boyish" one of the Gawain poem) , through Lina Kedrova's scary horny old widow queen, Rhys-Davis's Fontenbras playing with toy soldiers, and of course Connery's transcendental Green Knight. Sure I missed some of the original story elements of both stories - the fountain and the ogre with the giant club - and I hated that cheesy last scene with Linet that they added on the end of the perfect ending scene with the Green Knight.

But this one captured the spirit of the older tales of the Mabinogion (from which we get the oldest Owain and the Lady of the Fountain) much better than the Saxon-Norman poetic retelling of the Gawain story. Ribald, cheesy, fun with a few moral lessons thrown in for "redeeming social value." In this film's retelling one gets a much better feel for the kind of story the bards might have told the assembled drunken retainers in the King's Hall on a late mid-winter night.

I give it a 7 for capturing the spirit of the tradition (that Monty Python Holy Grail feel that one detractors here noted as though it were a bad thing) , great acting by the legendary actors in smaller parts noted above and the James Bond pulp fiction feel. I'm detracting points for the music, skipping the fountain/storm and the ogre/giant, and that dumb ending scene.

(PS contrary to one reviewer's accusation that it looked like a back lot in Pasadena, these were real Welsch castles including Cardiff and the former Palace of the Pope in Avignion.)

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