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Prince Valiant (1997)

In a time now lost in the mists of memory, the great King Arthur rules in the legendary citadel that is Camelot. His Knights of the Round Table commit acts of derring-do and spend their ... See full summary »

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In a time now lost in the mists of memory, the great King Arthur rules in the legendary citadel that is Camelot. His Knights of the Round Table commit acts of derring-do and spend their spare time jousting, much to the delight of the local citizens and especially to Princess Ilene, a guest at Camelot. Watching her from afar is a young, inexperienced squire called Valiant, and when the young Welsh princess is sent home to marry Prince Arn, Valiant contrives to accompany her masquerading as Sir Gawain. Meanwhile, the evil sorceress Morgan le Fey, sister to King Arthur, has convinced the tyrannical Sligon, ruler of the Viking kingdom of Thule, that he should steal Arthur's sword, the powerful and magical Excalibur, knowing that its loss could bring about Arthur's downfall. So into the fray comes Sligon's unstable and psychotic brother Thagnar, who manages to steal the sword. Pandemonium reigns. But Valiant is having problems of his own - kidnappers attempt to steal away the Princess, and... Written by Helen Chavez

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He who holds the sword, rules the world.


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Rated PG-13 for medieval action violence | See all certifications »

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24 July 1997 (Germany)  »

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El príncipe Valiente  »

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The movie was re-cut by the German producers, while the director was away on Christmas vacation. They wouldn't fly him back to Germany to finish the film. Four key scenes setting up its humorous tone and all religious aspects were removed. See more »

Goofs

As Valiant approaches Ilene's dead body he throws the sword. The sword was supposed to be facing away from Ilene. Instead in the next shot it was pointing towards her. See more »

Quotes

Princess Ilene: I demand to see your king.
Thagnar: Harem.
Prince Gawain: What? You can't do that she's a princess.
Princess Ilene: Who the hell is harem?
[she's thrown into a room full of other woman]
Woman #1: [giggles] I wonder if she's a wirgin.
Princess Ilene: Of course I'm a virgin. I'm Princess Ilene of Brenwyn.
Woman #2: We all had kingdoms once. Now we are all queens for a night.
[Ilene looks around scared]
Monday: I am Monday.
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Performed by Alannah Myles and Zucchero
Written by Phil Roy, Simon Wilson, Siobhan Maher
Published by Sony Tunes Inc./Philster Music ASCAP,
Bugle Songs Ltd. PRS, BMG Music Publishing PRS
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Disappointing, compared to the original source
5 June 2000 | by (Bielefeld, Germany) – See all my reviews

Hal Foster told us his own version of the King Arthur Saga with the 'Prince Valiant' Comic Strips. 'Prince Valiant' was Foster's invention and he created more than 1700 pages of adventure, romance, treachery, sinister villains, cunning heros ... you name it. One could make a great movie by putting any 50 pages of it to celluloid. Alas, in this movie they did not even try to do this. They just ripped off some characters name, gave them complete new personalities, messed up a simple story and build it around some special effects (which are indeed quite nice, but not enough to justify the entrance fee). If you like fast food movies, you might enjoy it, if you like the comic strips, you'll hate it. I recommend Prince Valiant (1954) which is not a perfect movie, but far more authentic compared to the original source. Which is what one should expect when viewing a movie named 'Prince Valiant'.


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