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John Smith (narration)
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Release Date:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Penelope (2006)See more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The absolute pits, 30 January 1999
Author: BrianV from California

Unbelievable. This movie is without a doubt one of the poorest excuses for wasting celluloid I have ever seen. I like the whole King Arthur/Knights of the Round Table genre, so I was prepared to give it a little latitude when I started watching it and saw in what direction it was going (downhill), but this movie's stupefying ineptness is mind-boggling. Candace Bergen in a red Bozo the Clown wig, cackling maniacally as she spouts gibberish that is supposed to be magic spells, Liam Neeson playing a Pictish barbarian talking like an Indian in a 1930s western ("Me have many babies with this woman! Me go now!"), poorly staged "battles" that looked more like a crowd of drunks lurching into each other, cheesy special effects, and some of the most brainless dialogue this side of "Plan 9 from Outer Space" combine to make this movie a laugh riot. The "acting" is at a junior-high school level, the photography is washed out, it appears to have been edited with a chainsaw--and they are just its =good= qualities. All in all, an experience to remember--if you can stay awake (I couldn't; I missed the last 20 minutes because this thing put me to sleep...).

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