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26 April 1985 (USA) See more »
Classic tale of King Arthur and how his wife is kidnapped by his evil sister. Lancelot is sent out to... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Malcolm McDowell ... King Arthur

Candice Bergen ... Morgan Le Fay

Edward Woodward ... Merlin

Dyan Cannon ... Katherine
Joseph Blatchley ... Mordred

Rupert Everett ... Lancelot

Rosalyn Landor ... Guinevere

Liam Neeson ... Grak
Patrick Ryecart ... Gawain
Philip Sayer ... Agravain
Ann Thornton ... Lady Ragnell
Lucy Gutteridge ... Niniane
Denis Lill ... King Pellinore
John Quarmby ... Sir Kai

Michael Gough ... Archbishop
Milance Avramovic ... Gorgo
Teri Tordai ... Enchanted Queen
Mary Stavin ... Princess

Carole Ashby ... Princess
Alison Worth ... Princess
Peter Blythe ... Guide
Pat Starr ... Woman Passenger
Marie Elise ... 1st Court Lady

Maryam d'Abo ... 2nd Court Lady
Tina Robinson Hansen ... 3rd Court lady (as Tina Robinson)
Pia Constance-Churcher ... Barge Lady
Linda Fontana ... Barge Lady
Christine Hunt ... Barge Lady
Cia Ford ... Barge Lady
Miro Pfeiffer ... Undead Knight
Vlado Spindler ... Boatman
Mise Martinovic ... Niniane's Father
Domagoj Vukusic ... Ragnar (as Tom Vukusic)

Directed by
Clive Donner 
Writing credits
David Wyles 

John Smith (narration)

Produced by
Martin Poll .... producer
Kathryn Stellmack .... co-associate producer
David White .... associate producer
Original Music by
Charles Gross 
Cinematography by
Dennis C. Lewiston  (as Denis Lewiston)
Film Editing by
Peter Tanner 
Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw 
Production Design by
Francisco Chianese 
Art Direction by
Dusan Jericevic 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton  (as Phyliss Dalton)
Production Management
Emil Bolanac .... production manager
Donko Buljan .... production supervisor
John C. Chulay .... production supervisor (as John Chulay)
Paolo Fabbri .... production manager
Milan Stanisic .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mladen Cernjak .... assistant director
Ray Corbett .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Gordon Daniel .... sound editor
Doug Grindstaff .... sound editor
David Hildyard .... sound recordist
Gilbert D. Marchant .... sound editor (as Gil Marchant)
Gary Shepherd .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Kevin Mathews .... special effects wire technician
Branko Repalust .... armourer
Petar Buntic .... stunt coordinator
Rok Cvetkov .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Blanshard .... still photographer
Branko Knez .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Tihomir Marcius .... electrician
Viktor Penezic .... assistant camera
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Jack Barry .... weapons
Sherrie Bradshaw .... assistant production accountant
Nikki Clapp .... continuity
Maureen Holmes .... production accountant
Roy Parkinson .... production coordinator
Nada Pinter .... production secretary
Olga Pogostin .... associate to producer
Zrinka Anic .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Merlin & the Sword" - USA (video title)
"Merlin and the Sword" - Philippines (English title) (theatrical title)
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94 min | USA:180 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Barry Stokes, Garry Sundquist , Richard Heffer and Lambert Wilson were all possibles for Lancelot.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Dumb sword and sorcery opus., 8 December 2003
Author: Jonathon Dabell ( from Todmorden, England

Merlin and the Sword (a.k.a Arthur The King) is a genuinely terrible sword and sorcery opus which features a cast full of seasoned old pros and young stars of the future. Quite how these talented actors and actresses were persuaded to lend their faces to this ridiculous production is anybody's guess, but after a while it becomes embarrassing to watch so many gifted thespians sinking in the quicksand of such a foolish script. Director Clive Donner has made some good films too, so one has to wonder what was going through his mind when he agreed to direct this turkey. Perhaps everyone involved had some overdue bills to pay!

An American tourist, Katharine (Dyan Cannon), is on a day-trip at the ancient monument of Stonehenge when she inadvertently falls down a hole. When she lands at the bottom, she finds herself in a cave - no normal cave, mind you, but a cave which which houses the famous wizard Merlin (Edward Woodward) and his lover Niniane (Lucy Gutteridge). Merlin has apparently been imprisoned with his lover in this cave for a thousand years. The arrival of Katharine gives him an excuse to tell a story, and pretty soon he is narrating a tale about his old companion King Arthur (Malcolm McDowell). Merlin tells of Arthur's marriage to the lovely Queen Guinevere (Rosalyn Landor); the poisonous plotting of Arthur's treacherous half-sister Morgan Le Fay (Candice Bergen); and the forbidden love affair between Guinevere and the trusted knight Sir Lancelot (Rupert Everett).

This cheapjack fantasy never really works in spite of the strong cast. There's something fundamentally stupid about the plot, which could have been serviceable if dealt with in a more tongue-in-cheek manner, but here comes across as merely risible. There's also something terribly wrong with the general atmosphere of the film.... maybe it's the hopelessly '80s music score which is as cheesy as a lump of mature cheddar; maybe it's the over-modernised dialogue which doesn't ring true amid the Middle Ages period trappings; maybe it's the atrocious special effects; or maybe it's just the all-round air of indifference which affects the film both infront of and behind the cameras. It's hard to believe that Rupert Everett and Liam Neeson (here guilty of lacklustre performances) ever went on to become big stars. It's equaly hard to believe that the likes of Woodward, McDowell, Bergen and Michael Gough (who has a bit-part as a forgetful archbishop) ever were big stars in their own right. On the whole, this is definitely one to skip!

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