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Ivanhoe (1952)

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A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Noel Langley (screenplay), Æneas MacKenzie (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Ivanhoe
Elizabeth Taylor ... Rebecca
Joan Fontaine ... Rowena
George Sanders ... De Bois-Guilbert
Emlyn Williams ... Wamba
Robert Douglas ... Sir Hugh De Bracy
Finlay Currie ... Cedric
Felix Aylmer ... Isaac
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Front De Boeuf (as Francis DeWolff)
Norman Wooland Norman Wooland ... King Richard
Basil Sydney ... Waldemar Fitzurse
Harold Warrender Harold Warrender ... Locksley
Patrick Holt ... Philip DeMalvoisin
Roderick Lovell Roderick Lovell ... Ralph DeVipont
Sebastian Cabot ... Clerk of Copmanhurst
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Storyline

In the centre of this Walter Scott classic fiction inspired film the chivalrousness and the daring stand. Ivanhoe, the disowned knight join to the bravehearted and high-minded Robin Hood, the valiant of Forest Sherwood. They want King Richard to rule the kingdom instead of evil Prince John. Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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Taglines:

The legend and loves of the greatest knight of all ! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,842,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,642,440, 31 December 1952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,729,920, 31 December 1952
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Taylor would make two other films with director Richard Thorpe along similar lines in the coming years, Knights of the Round Table (1953) and Quentin Durward (1955). Taylor called these his "iron jockstrap movies". See more »

Goofs

When Locksley starts his attack on the castle, his men are seen swimming the moat, pulling across a floating walkway, and being attacked by crossbowmen, who in turn are fired upon by Locksley's archers. This same footage is shown again six minutes later. See more »

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Narrator: In the 12th century, at the close of the third crusade to free the Holy Land, the Saxon knight called Wilfred of Ivanhoe undertook a private crusade of his own. England's warrior king Richard the Lionhearted had disappeared during his homeward march, vanishing without trace. His disappearance dealt a cruel blow to his unhappy country, already in turmoil from the bitter conflict between Saxons and Normans. And in time, most of his subjects came to mourn him as dead. But Ivanhoe's ...
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Connections

Featured in Elizabeth Taylor - An Intimate Portrait (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song of Ivanhoe
(1952) (uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Marguerite Roberts
Sung by Robert Taylor and Norman Wooland
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A fascinating adventure movie
21 June 2000 | by bd74See all my reviews

An engrossing movie about 12th century England. It has everything you would want to see in a movie about medieval Europe: knights, fair maidens, jousting tournaments, battles, and feuding crowns. Yet the movie is not boring in any way. I enjoyed every minute of it. The title character is an Anglo-Saxon knight who's on a mission to return the imprisoned king, Richard the Lionhearted, to his throne. Along the way, Ivanhoe encounters some obstacles that may endanger his own life and threaten the future of England. Everything about this movie is enchanting. The movie is very colorful, the score is outstanding, and it's exciting to watch the battle scenes. I really enjoyed seeing one of my favorite actors, George Sanders, playing yet another villain. It was also great to see the always ravishing Elizabeth Taylor (at a very young age), who plays a jewish maiden. I liked the way the movie demonstrated the persecution of jews living in England at the time, and how they were looked down upon in spite of the different ethnic groups that made up the English population. Above all, I really liked the ending--it was awesome. Interestingly, this movie (which is from 1952) is more entertaining than and not as theatrical as some of the historical dramas that were made AFTER this movie.


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