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King Arthur (2004)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  7 July 2004 (USA)
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A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.



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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

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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)


$3,165,602 (Brazil) (5 November 2004)

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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?


Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, the theatrical release listed "Filmed in Panavision" in the end credits. It was removed from the credits of the home video releases. See more »


The swords are from well after the setting of the movie. Roman troops would have been equipped with the spatha. The swords are a medieval design which did not appear until at least six hundred years after the time setting. The other hand weapons of the "knights" are equally incorrect. 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 »


References Alexander Nevsky (1938) See more »


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Composed by Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy
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User Reviews

The legend?
8 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have been a huge King Arthur fan ever since the night that I sat in an empty theater, in my hometown, awestruck by John Boorman's Excalibur.

Since then, I have seen the legend of King Arthur mutilated in films such as First Knight and The Mists of Avalon.

My high hopes for the movie, King Arthur, were dashed before the film even opened in theaters, by critics who were panning the movie from advanced screenings.

So, I stayed away while it was in theaters and most definitely passed on special discounts on the week it was released to DVD.

After finally getting around to renting a copy, I am left with just one burning question - Why in the hell do I listen to movie critics? The movie King Arthur has it all - a tight, well written story, believable characters, gritty realism, a great musical score by Hans Zimmer, epic battles, and more blood and splatter than you probably really wanted to see.

The bottom line is that King Arthur is a very good film. No, it's not the mythical Camelot, but it does not try to be. Nor, does it trample all over the name of King Arthur by making him a shallow or less than heroic character.

This is not Braveheart or Gladiator , but it is a film worth seeing and appreciating. Now that I think about, it's worth buying a copy to add to the home video library.

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