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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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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 <>

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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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Did You Know?


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


When Lancelot, trying to save Guinevere, talks to the Marauder, the metal loop at the end of the Marauder's crossbow changes from loose and facing the ground to rigid and sticking straight out. See more »


Arthur: [to Lancelot after being betrayed] The law will judge you!
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The Best Kind Of "Popcorn Movie"!
20 April 2007 | by (Waterloo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

I don't see why people are making so much noise against this movie. We all know this isn't a history class. We all know this isn't realistic in any way. It is NOT and it's NOT supposed to be! I've never heard people say : "The musical version of The Three Musketeers with Gene Kelly isn't faithful to the book". Frankly, who cares? If you want the true story, the realistic story, get a book or a documentary. What we have here is a true "popcorn movie", the kind of film you put in your DVD player for a nice evening of "no thinking, just enjoying". This is a Hollywood family movie, with 3 great stars, fancy costumes, beautiful scenery and great music. To me, this is some of the best entertainment! The kind of entertainment that cinema was invented for and that was so successful in the 40s and 50s. It seems to me that people today just can't enjoy that kind of entertainment anymore. And that is sad! So, please, stop complaining and just enjoy for Pete's sake! (lol!)

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