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First Knight (1995)

 -  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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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.

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

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,600,435 (USA)
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Julia Ormond was paid $350,000 for the film. Her two male co-stars' combined fee was $14 million. See more »

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When Lancelot shows the guy at the beginning how to sword fight, and says "Give him a hand, he fought well," both of his arms are out. In the next shot, one arm is out and one is at his side. See more »

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Guinevere: I only know one way to love my lord, and that is body and mind and soul.
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Interesting Adaptation
8 December 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Although many have criticised this film harshly, I believe it is unnecessary. It is an adaptation of the myth of Arthur, and is interesting. There is no magic, no Merlin :(, no Morgana, no sword in the stone - in fact, no referral to Arthur's past. This obviously changes the myth quite substantially. Merlin and the Sword were key players in the typical Arthur legend, but this adaptation is good because Morgana often confuses people.

It squashes what Camelot really is - an ideal - into about two and a bit hours of movie. Richard Gere is charming as Lancelot, a roving swordsman, and Lady Guinevere delivers an outstanding performance as the young woman torn between two loves. Sean Connery, is as always, fantastic. The best thing about this movie - to me - was that the love story was sensible. Instead of Guinevere and Lancelot cheating on Arthur, it becomes more of a love triangle, with deeper issues, as all three love each other (in different ways.)

All this said, it isn't the greatest movie despite some excellent acting - the movie had a weak plot and Maligant is not a very convincing villain. But, if you're bored, home sick, or just want to watch some light entertainment, by all means watch this film - just don't expect Peter Jackson quality.


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