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First Knight (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Romance  |  7 July 1995 (USA)
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Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile, a violent warlord tries to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valentine Pelka ...
Sir Patrise
Colin McCormack ...
Peter, King's Stableman
Jane Robbins ...
Jean Marie Coffey ...
Tom Lucy ...


Lancelot lives by the sword. In fact, they're next door neighbours, so teaming up to fight for money comes pretty naturally. Lady Guinevere, on her way to marry King Arthur is ambushed by the evil Sir Malagant. Fortunately Lancelot is lurking nearby and he rescues his future queen. They fall in love, but Guinevere still fancies the idea of wearing a crown, so she honours her promise to Arthur. Can Lady Guinevere remain faithful, or will this Pretty Woman become a lady of the knight? Written by Tim McSmythurs <Tim.McSmythurs@swindon.ericsson.se>

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Their greatest battle would be for her love.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some brutal medieval battles | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 July 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der erste Ritter  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)


$37,600,435 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During filming, Richard Gere and then-wife Cindy Crawford took out an ad in the London Times addressing rumors about their marriage. A week after filming was completed, the couple announced that their marriage was over. See more »


When Arthur's knights charge Malagant's forces, after they attack the fake camp, evidence of lawnmowers is visible. See more »


Malagant: Self-sacrifice is very easy. It's having to sacrifice someone you love that puts your convictions to the test.
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Version of Sword of Lancelot (1963) See more »

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A pleasant fairytale and action movie
22 August 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This film deserves recognition for what it is : a good interpretation of part of a legend, with an excellent casting.

Who else but Sean Connery as an ageing and dignified King Arthur ?

Julia Ormond is a convincing and stunning princess with her graceful, touching beauty; her looks are also refreshing and different from all the ever-present boring blondes who get a part in anything because of their hair colour.

As for Richard Gere he is as handsome, charming and fearless as Camelot would be.

This film is not for historians or purists nor does it claim to have a documentary value. It has a sense of magic and the pace is well alternated between romance and action. The emotion and intensity are present thanks to the actors and the music, appropriate to all the scenes in the movie. That is what matters.

Who cares about details such as a castle looking a bit dodgy, blue clothes (we have seen much worse and tackier in cinema history) or the odd line or fact. Never mind that. Just relax and escape : it is only entertainment at the end of the day, not a time for History or Legend Reconstruction. You are better off going to a course or reading a book, do not rely on films to educate you all the time.

Why comparing films ? Let's just say there are different approaches to a subject, that is what makes the interest. Enjoy !

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