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First Knight -- A new vision of Camelot, filled with breathtaking battles, heart-pounding courage and love that brought a kingdom to its knees. Starring Sean Connery and Richard Gere.


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Their greatest battle would be for her love.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Exciting medieval story that deals with a love triangle between legendary characters as Lancelot , Guinevere and Arthur See more (180 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... King Arthur

Richard Gere ... Lancelot

Julia Ormond ... Guinevere

Ben Cross ... Prince Malagant

Liam Cunningham ... Agravaine

Christopher Villiers ... Sir Kay
Valentine Pelka ... Sir Patrise
Colin McCormack ... Sir Mador

Ralph Ineson ... Ralf

John Gielgud ... Oswald

Stuart Bunce ... Peter, King's Stableman
Jane Robbins ... Elise
Jean Marie Coffey ... Petronella

Paul Kynman ... Mark
Tom Lucy ... Sir Sagramore

John Blakey ... Sir Tor
Robert Gwyn Davin ... Sir Gawaine
Sean Blowers ... Sir Carados

Alexis Denisof ... Sir Gaheris
Daniel Naprous ... Sir Amant

Jonathan Cake ... Sir Gareth
Paul Bentall ... Jacob
Jonty Miller ... Gauntlet Man
Rose Keegan ... Mark's Wife

Mark Ryan ... Challenger
Jeffery Dench ... Elder
Neville Phillips ... Elder
Oliver Lewis ... Marauder
Wolf Christian ... Marauder
Angus Wright ... Marauder
Jonathan Jaynes ... Guard
Eric Stone ... Guard
Ryan Todd ... Young Lancelot
Albie Woodington ... Scout
Richard Claxton ... Child
Dido Miles ... Grateful Woman
Michael Hodgson ... Young Man in Crowd
Susannah Corbett ... Young Woman in Crowd
Susan Breslau ... Wedding Guest
Kate Zucker ... Flower Girl
Bob Zucker ... Little Boy with Birds
Charlotte Zucker ... Bread Vendor
Burton Zucker ... Bread Vendor (as Burt Zucker)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sacha Bennett ... Unidentified Role (uncredited)

Rob Brydon ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)

Kenneth W Caravan ... Nobelman - Villager (uncredited)
Simon Collins ... Armed Town's Folk (uncredited)

Michael Dickins ... Village Fighter (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Bearded Villager (uncredited)

Martin Herdman ... Centurian (uncredited)

Bernard Hill ... Knight (uncredited)
Leslie Maier ... Wedding Guest #2 (uncredited)
Richard Nunn ... Guard (uncredited)
Richard Bellamy Nunn ... Soldier (uncredited)
Derek Pykett ... Soldier (uncredited)
Antonio Rochira ... Marauder (uncredited)

Tony Rycyk ... Action Knight in Opening (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry Zucker 
Writing credits
Lorne Cameron (story) &
David Hoselton (story) and
William Nicholson (story)

William Nicholson (screenplay)

Produced by
Hunt Lowry .... producer
Kathryn J. McDermott .... associate producer
Gil Netter .... executive producer
Eric Rattray .... executive producer
Janet Zucker .... executive producer
Jerry Zucker .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Adam Greenberg 
Film Editing by
Walter Murch 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Production Design by
John Box 
Art Direction by
Robert W. Laing (supervising art director) (as Bob Laing)
Giles Masters 
Stephen Scott 
Michael White (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Malcolm Stone 
Costume Design by
Nanà Cecchi 
Makeup Department
Peter Robb-King .... makeup artist
Elaine Short .... hair stylist
Caroline Greenough .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jules Korshoonoff .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sian Miller .... makeup: dailies (uncredited)
Production Management
Hunt Lowry .... unit production manager
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Carreras .... assistant director
Jamie Christopher .... second assistant director
Robert Grayson .... third assistant director
Cliff Lanning .... key second assistant director
Mark Layton .... second assistant director: second unit
Terry Madden .... first assistant director: second unit
Josh Robertson .... second second assistant director
Richard Whelan .... second assistant director
Arthur Wooster .... second unit director
Geoff Dibben .... co-second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Steven Michael .... scenic artist
Alex Aitken .... plasterer (uncredited)
George Ball .... property master (uncredited)
Pierre Bohanna .... supervising modeler (uncredited)
Mick Chubbock .... plasterer (uncredited)
Dean Coldham .... chargehand plasterer (uncredited)
Peter Dorme .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Alan Hausmann .... carpenter (uncredited)
Darren Holland .... construction stagehand (uncredited)
Peter Mann .... constructor (uncredited)
Ginger McCarthy .... construction rigger (uncredited)
Ron Nicholls .... stagehand (uncredited)
Steve Payne .... stand-by props (uncredited)
Jean Peyre .... senior draughtsman (uncredited)
Graeme Purdy .... chargehand standby propman (uncredited)
Richard Roberts .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Bryn Siddall .... property buyer (uncredited)
Martin Smith .... gardener (uncredited)
David Warren .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Bradley Woodbridge .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ulrika Akander .... adr editor
Colin Charles .... sound editor
Christopher Flick .... foley supervisor
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Cindy Marty .... sound effects editor
John Morris .... supervising sound editor
Walter Murch .... sound re-recording mixer
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Ed Callahan .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
John Hughes .... sound (uncredited)
Ian MacGregor-Scott .... sound editor (uncredited)
Thomas P. McNamara .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Fred Peck III .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
George Gibbs .... special effects
Dave Chagouri .... prop maker (uncredited)
Jason Chalmers .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Simon Cockren .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jim Davey .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Dan Frye .... propmaker (uncredited)
Alan Hedgcock .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Mathew Horton .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Cliff Wallace .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
David Watkins .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
David j Watson .... special effects trainee (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... optical cameraman
Mitchell S. Drain .... supervising digital artist: CRC
Dennis Lowe .... visual effects supervisor
Mark Nettleton .... senior compositor
Nicholas Brooks .... visual effects (uncredited)
John Decker .... blue screen unit (uncredited)
Doug Ferris .... matte artist (uncredited)
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist (uncredited)
José Granell .... model unit supervisor (uncredited)
Ed Hawkins .... digital artist (uncredited)
Antony Hunt .... executive producer: The Magic Camera Company (uncredited)
Sharon Lark .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Kim Libreri .... chief technology officer (uncredited)
Sue Rowe .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Marc Scott .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Joseph Thomas .... digital tracking (uncredited)
Courtney Vanderslice .... head of production: Cinesite (uncredited)
Pete Williams .... scanning and recording manager (uncredited)
Aviv Yaron .... data operator: Cinesite (uncredited)
Craig Zerouni .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Kim Billings .... stunts
Georges Branche .... stunts
Ken Buckle .... stunts
Graeme Crowther .... stunts
Steve Dent .... stunts
Jamie Edgell .... stunts
Sarah Franzl .... stunts
Joss Gower .... stunts
Steve Griffin .... stunts
Paul Heasman .... stunts
Lyndon S. Hellewell .... stunts (as Lyndon Stuart Hellewell)
Paul Herbert .... stunts
Nick Hobbs .... stunts
Sy Hollands .... stunts
Billy Horrigan .... stunts
Rowley Irlam .... stunts
Paul Jennings .... stunts
Jazzer Jeyes .... stunts
Vincent Keane .... stunts
Dianne Kelly .... stunts
Eddie Kidd .... stunts
Simone Le Lievre .... stunts
Les Maryon .... stunts
Peter Miles .... stunts
Gerard Naprous .... stunts
Adrian O'Neil .... stunts
Nigel Oliver .... stunts
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunts
Eric Petch .... stunts
Andreas Petrides .... stunts
Dinny Powell .... stunt coordinator
Gary Powell .... stunts
Greg Powell .... stunt coordinator
Nosher Powell .... stunts
Dane Rawlins .... stunts
José María Serrano .... stunts
Lee Sheward .... stunts
Mark Southworth .... stunts
Terry Walsh .... stunts
David Ware .... stunts
Peter White .... stunts
Nick Wilkinson .... stunts
Riky Ash .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Carey .... stunt rider (uncredited)
Marc Cass .... stunts (uncredited)
Jonathan Cohen .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Ray De-Haan .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Delmar .... stunts (uncredited)
Nrinder Dhudwar .... stunts (uncredited)
Mark Henson .... stunts (uncredited)
Sy Hollands .... stunt double: Julia Ormond (uncredited)
Sean McCabe .... stunts (uncredited)
Royston Munt .... horse stunt (uncredited)
Robert Patton .... stunts (uncredited)
Phillip Van Dyke .... stunts (uncredited)
Steen Young .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Brown .... electrician
Chuck Finch .... gaffer
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator
Martin Hume .... camera operator: second unit
Billy Merrell .... best boy
Tim Ross .... camera operator
Micky Wilson .... gaffer: second unit
Robert Binnall .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Borg .... electrician (uncredited)
Mark Evans .... electrician (uncredited)
Kenny Groom .... focus puller (uncredited)
Scott Holland .... video assistant (uncredited)
Gifford Hooper .... aerial camera operator (uncredited)
John Lake .... electrician (uncredited)
Dean Morrish .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ian Murray .... rigger (uncredited)
Mike Valentine .... underwater camera operator (uncredited)
Sophia Wellington .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Animation Department
Marianne I. van Abbe .... background artist (uncredited)
Casting Department
Suzy Freeman .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ken Crouch .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Stephen Kill .... costume maker (uncredited)
Jo Korer .... costumer (uncredited)
Marcus Love-McGuirk .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Dan Farrell .... first assistant editor (as Daniel Farrell)
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Joe Woo Jr. .... associate film editor
Kimberly Adams .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Tom Barrett .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Catherine Chase .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Allan James .... location manager: Wales
Aron Clayton .... location assistant (uncredited)
Bill Darby .... location manager: Wales (uncredited)
Teresa Darby .... location manager: second unit, Wales (uncredited)
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Kelly Mahan-Jaramillo .... assistant music editor
Paul Salamunovich .... conductor: Los Angeles Master Chorale
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Hector Salomon .... driver
Mark Davies .... driver: Hunt Lowry (uncredited)
'Chico' Hernandez .... driver (uncredited)
Barry Stevenson .... unit bus driver (uncredited)
Gerry Turner .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Angela Allen .... script supervisor
Bob Anderson .... sword master
Susan d'Arcy .... unit publicist
Steve Dent .... horse master
Simon Downes .... floor runner
June Randall .... script supervisor
Mark Ryan .... assistant sword master
Caroline Sax .... script supervisor: second unit
Charles Bodycomb .... armorer (uncredited)
Laurence Edwards .... trainee crane technician (uncredited)
David Hummel .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mark Ivie .... assistant swordmaster: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Marianne Jenkins .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Abbe Lanning .... stand-in: Julia Ormond (uncredited)
David Lanphier Jr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
Juanlo Prada Garrudo .... trainee (uncredited)
Chris Warren .... video coordinator (uncredited)
Pam Weaver .... animal handler (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"True Knight" - Japan (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for some brutal medieval battles
134 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-14 | Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | France:Unrated | Germany:12 (w) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (TV rating) | South Korea:15 | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #33590)

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Julia Ormond initially turned the part of Guinevere down, not finding her independent enough for her liking.See more »
Anachronisms: As Lancelot chases the horse a telephone pole is visible, with barbed wire around it.See more »
Guinevere:If there is any honor in you, promise me never to do that again.
Lancelot:I don't know about honor. But I promise you, I won't kiss you again till you ask me to.
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »


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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Exciting medieval story that deals with a love triangle between legendary characters as Lancelot , Guinevere and Arthur, 24 January 2012
Author: ma-cortes

Mighty and pretty spectacle about Lancelot , King Arthur , Guinevere and the famous romance in color magnificence . This spectacular production from Jerry Zucker that gave you ¨Ghost and Airplane¨ among others and only Columbia TriStar could bring it so magnificently to the screen including a majestic soundtrack and splendid cinematography . The classic story of romantic adventure come to life enriched in glamorous color and with such great stars as Richard Gere (roving spirit Lancelot), Julia Ormond (wonderful Guinevere), and of course the great Sean Connery (upright Arthur) in the classic love triangle . Restless Lancelot who lives by his wits falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur . Meanwhile, a violent warlord attempts to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table , as they set out in fight against the traitor Prince Malagant (Ben Cross), a Sir Mordred-alike . Whilst in the meantime the bride Guinevere and Sir Lancelot betray the king in their own way . Adding the apparition of knights of the round table as Sir Kay (Christopher Villiers) , Agravaine (Liam Cunningham) , Sir Patrise (Valentine Pelka) and Sir Mador (McCormack) , though there doesn't turns up neither Merlin , nor Morgana LeFay and all things supernatural are out of this flick . This is an overwhelming tale with adventures, villainy,romance and heroism in the grandeur of big screen although in television set is lost its splendor .

This sweeping movie displays adventures , thrills , a romantic love story , breathtaking battles and epic confrontation with a terrific climax final for a mortal confrontation . Excellent main cast as an attractive Richard Gere , a gorgeous Julia Ormond , and exceptional , as always , Sean Connery as Arthur , an aged and war-weary king who is forced to go to battle one last time . Rousing battle scenes with impressive production design by John Box , though is also used computer generator . Excellent settings , the castles ,outdoors and tournaments or jousts are well staged . Handsome story well written by William Nicholson though contains some awkward narrative elements . Luscious costumes and gowns specially suited for Julia Ormond . Colorful wide-screen cinematography by stylish cameraman Adam Greenberg . Emotive and sensational musical score by the classic Jerry Goldsmith . However this epic film never takes off as it should despite of pomp and circumstance showed . The motion picture is imaginatively directed by Jerry Zucker working at the peak of his powers . Other movies on the matter of legends of Arthur are the following : MGM's first wide-screen film titled ¨Knights of the Round Table¨ 1953 ( by Richard Thorpe) , the musical ¨Camelot¨(Joshua Logan) , the fantastic ¨Excalibur¨(John Boorman) and recently ¨King Arthur¨(Antoine Fuqua). The picture will appeal to aficionados with chivalric ideals and historic movies fans , it is a fine production that will lose much on small television screen .

This spellbinding film is freely inspired on legends and supposedly based on facts and famed personages . In spite of there aren't real documents about legendary feats King Arthur , allegedly in VI century he was King of Bretons and then were created in 12th century some writings by notorious French authors who romanticized the legend as Chretien of Troyes , Thomas Malory that wrote the Breton series with their knights looking for the Holy Grail . Besides Godofredo of Mormouth publicized in 1136 the History Regnum Britanniae and in XX century John Steinbeck wrote about the events of King Arthur . The story concerns when the Romans had withdrawn Britain and the Empire dissolved into chaos,then rules the king Arthur, he achieved to maintain the Christianity and civilization in the west of England ,though no exactly congruent with the VI century , time was presumed to have lived but the film is developed in a high medieval panoply .

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