Ivanhoe returning from crusading in the Holy Land to England which is ruled by corrupt Prince John.
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 Wamba (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe (6 episodes, 1997)
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 Cedric (5 episodes, 1997)
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 Louis Winkelbrand (5 episodes, 1997)
Rory Edwards ...
 King Richard (5 episodes, 1997)
Aden Gillett ...
 Robin of Locksley (5 episodes, 1997)
Jack Klaff ...
 Malvoisin (5 episodes, 1997)
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 Little John (5 episodes, 1997)
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 Waldemar Fitzurse (5 episodes, 1997)
Chris Walker ...
 Athelstane (5 episodes, 1997)
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 Prior Aymer (4 episodes, 1997)
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 Montfitchet (4 episodes, 1997)
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 Lucas de Beaumanoir (4 episodes, 1997)
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 Maurice de Bracy (4 episodes, 1997)
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 Oswald (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Reginald Front de Boeuf (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Friar Tuck (3 episodes, 1997)
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 Brother Ambrose (3 episodes, 1997)
Renny Krupinski ...
 Bardon (3 episodes, 1997)
Peter Needham ...
 Abbot (3 episodes, 1997)
Chris Barnes ...
 Priest (2 episodes, 1997)
Cynthia Grenville ...
 Elgitha (2 episodes, 1997)
Ciaran Madden ...
 Urfried (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Queen Eleanor (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Young guard (2 episodes, 1997)
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Christopher Lee's first acting role for the BBC since 1947. See more »

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Ivanhoe's shield is punctured by Bois-Guilbert's lance in the joust. In subsequent scenes the hole disappears, then reappears. See more »

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Brian de Bois-Guilbert: ...Now I am rich enough...
Rebecca: To buy me diamonds?
Brian de Bois-Guilbert: To buy you books
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Fun, but don't use it as a history text
4 February 2004 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

The biggest problem with adapting Ivanhoe for the big screen is

that the original book had some massive plotholes in it, and the

titular hero was completely overshadowed by the main villain. One

certainly shouldn't take any of it as historical fact. You've got a

Saxon woman from a culture Christianised for centuries calling on

Scandinavian deities that even her pagan ancestors never

worshipped. The portrayal of the Templars is slanderously

inaccurate and reflects Scott's antifreemasonry far more than any

historical fact. Nor would they have tried Rebecca for witchcraft; it

would have been for heresy. And since Jews weren't really recast

as heretics until the Fourth Lateran Council, even that is pushing it

by about two decades. Also, the antisemitism in the book is pretty

intense, and hard to read these days. You can derive a whole lot of

amusement from the contortions of the book's apologists who try

to explain away all the "fun" that the hero's sidekicks have at poor

Isaac's expense. Scott, by his own admission, wasn't even

remotely interested in historical accuracy. He once said that if he

thought the story would work better if the heroine was blue, he'd

make her blue.

This version tries, with some serious story revision, to rise above

all of this. It doesn't completely succeed but you know, I sure had

fun watching it try. I'd say this is probably the best of the three

versions, though I enjoyed Sam Neill's turn as Bois-Guilbert in the

'82 version. The story is still chaotic, but the elevation of Bois- Guilbert from villain to anti-hero helps a lot. What helps even more

is Ciaran Hinds' blistering portrayal of Bois-Guilbert and his

unsurpassable chemistry with Susan Lynch as Rebecca. They

blast Ivanhoe and Rowena right off the screen, though granted,

that's not hard to do. I can guarantee that by the final fight it won't

be Ivanhoe you're rooting for Rebecca to run off with!

Even better, the movie is chock full of excellent actors chewing

scenery as villains with whom Alan Rickman's Sheriff of

Nottingham would happily have shared company. Unfortunately,

this means that as the movie progresses and bad guys are offed,

or otherwise neutralised, things get rather less fun (the good guys

are really, really dull). The middle third, when the unholy trio of

Bois-Guilbert, Front de Boeuf and De Bracy is in full plot-and- pillage mode, is probably the best. The last twenty minutes,

however, are a snore.

Overall, it's definitely worth a look--not perfect, but still a hard act to

follow for any future adaptations.


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