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King Arthur (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 7 July 2004 (USA)
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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Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences, a scene of sensuality and some language | See all certifications »

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7 July 2004 (USA)  »

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King Arthur: Director's Cut  »

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Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$51,877,963 (USA) (8 October 2004)
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2.35 : 1
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In David Franzoni's original script, the love triangle so central to the original myth between Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot was a major part of the plot, as it is in most filmic adaptations of the Arthurian legend (such as John Boorman's Excalibur (1981) for example). However, during his research for the film, director Antoine Fuqua came to believe that there was no truth to the love triangle aspect of the story and had Franzoni rewrite the script without it. See more »

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Throughout the movie, the politics of Rome are portrayed as if the Pope ruled the empire: A bishop, rather than a military officer, is sent to deliver the knights' discharges, and the decision to send them on one last mission is made by the Pope alone. In reality, both the Western and Eastern Empires were ruled by Emperors. The Pope, on the other hand, was not even the head of the entire church (let alone an empire) at this time - he was still just the Bishop of Rome. While he was highly regarded by the rest of the bishops in Christendom, it would be another 600 years before the Pope was recognized as the head of the entire church. See more »

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

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Version of Excalibur (1981) See more »

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Song of the Exile
Lyrics and Arrangement by Caitlin Matthews
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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


centuries

  • 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


mess

  • The ability of everyone to understand 3 or more languages




  • Britons fighting Saxons in the Borders under a Roman


flag

  • Clive Owen thinking he can act




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


hurts

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


Rome

  • 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


open

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


automatically

  • The phrase "Historians agree"




  • The world's lightest heavy cavalry and most accurate


archers

  • 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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