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King Arthur (2004)

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A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Based on a more realistic portrayal of "Arthur" than has ever been presented onscreen. The film will focus on the history and politics of the period during which Arthur ruled -- when the Roman empire collapsed and skirmishes over power broke out in outlying countries -- as opposed to the mystical elements of the tale on which past Arthur films have focused. Written by Scott Summerton

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Untold True Story That Inspired The Legend See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of strong war violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 July 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Arthur: Director's Cut  »

Box Office


$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,193,907 (USA) (9 July 2004)


$51,877,963 (USA) (8 October 2004)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

| | | (5.1) (L-R)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The horse ridden by Bors (Ray Winstone) in the film is the same horse that was ridden by Maximus (Russell Crowe) in Gladiator (2000). See more »


Cerdic invades from the North in the film, but in historical fact, he invaded from the South, as he would later found the kingdom of Wessex. Also, the first Anglo-Saxons did not initially invade; they were invited to Britain to help defend the Britons against raiders from the Irish sea, the Scots, Gaels and Picts. The Battle of Badon hill took place approximately 80 years after the Roman withdraw from Britain in 496 A.D and Baden Hill itself is nowhere near Hadrian's wall, it is much farther South, most likely on the hills surrounding Bath. See more »


[first lines]
Lancelot: [voiceover] By 300 AD, the Roman Empire extended from Arabia to Britain. But they wanted more. More land. More peoples loyal and subservient to Rome. But no people so important as the powerful Sarmatians to the east. Thousands died on that field. And when the smoke cleared on the fourth day, the only Sarmatian soldiers left alive were members of the decimated but legendary cavalry. The Romans, impressed by their bravery and horsemanship, spared their lives. In exchange, these ...
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits, not even the production company and studio bumpers, only the title. See more »


Version of Camelot (1967) See more »


Song of the Exile
Lyrics and Arrangement by Caitlin Matthews
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User Reviews

Monty Python was more historically accurate
11 August 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

They could also act better and write a decent script. Nothing in this film makes sense:

  • the "britons" who live in Scotland and dress like their predecessors of 4


  • Pretty much everything about the armour and weapons (far too much to

mention in under 1000 words).

  • In fact everything that tries to pass for history in this


  • The ability of everyone to understand 3 or more languages

  • Britons fighting Saxons in the Borders under a Roman


  • Clive Owen thinking he can act

  • Anyone thinking that script wouldn't make people laugh till it


  • Roman conscription lasting 15 years and ending with a return to


  • Low infant mortality rate and model-like mother of 11 healthy

brats(particularly made me laugh)

  • Leaving a well defended fort to fight superior forces in the


  • Magical Mystery Fort Doors that close their many-tonned-selves


  • The phrase "Historians agree"

  • The world's lightest heavy cavalry and most accurate


  • 100s of arrows from 8 bows

  • The cruddy ripoff of Aleksandr Nevsky

  • The many many cruddy ripoffs of Braveheart (a film which despite being

historically laughable is excellent entertainment unlike this one)

And on and on and on and on.....

It's not just that it's poor history it's bad storytelling and makes the film painful to watch even if the script did engender any interest from the audience or the numerous dreadful performances didn't remove any prospect of caring for or about the characters.

1/10 and that's only because of the bit-part guy that put on a funny Somerset accent at one point. He, at least, clearly knew a little bit about the legends and history this farce pretends to represent.

As a final thought - I don't know why Miss Knightley is drawn to bloody awful adaptations of English legends but I wish she'd stop it.

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