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Knights of the Round Table (1953)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 15 January 1954 (USA)
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King Arthur's rule is threatened by the adulterous love between Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, a relationship the king's enemies hope to exploit.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Talbot Jennings (screenplay), Jan Lustig (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Lancelot
Ava Gardner ... Guinevere
Mel Ferrer ... Arthur
Anne Crawford ... Morgan Le Fay
Stanley Baker ... Modred
Felix Aylmer ... Merlin
Maureen Swanson ... Elaine
Gabriel Woolf Gabriel Woolf ... Percival
Anthony Forwood ... Gareth
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ... Gawaine
Niall MacGinnis ... Green Knight
Ann Hanslip Ann Hanslip ... Nan
Jill Clifford Jill Clifford ... Bronwyn
Stephen Vercoe Stephen Vercoe ... Agravaine
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Storyline

King Arthur establishes the greatest reign England has ever seen, and along for the ride are his indispensable Knights of the Round Table, particularly Sir Lancelot. Then, Arthur finds himself a bride, the beautiful Guenivere. While she loves Arthur, she also loves Lancelot and though Lancelot repeatedly fights it, he loves her, too. Treachery is brewing as the evil Morgan le Fay and her knight Sir Modred work to trap them. So begins the decline and eventual fall of Arthur and Camelot. Written by Tommy Peter

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SEE! In CinemaScope! Massing of feudal armies at the famed Ring of Stones! Broadsword duel-to-the-death at the back of a quicksand pit! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knights of the Round Table See more »

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Budget:

$2,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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The film features one Oscar nominee, Ava Gardner (for "Mogambo"). See more »

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Lancelot knocks over one of the blocks of Stonehenge singlehandedly. He is not portrayed as superhuman. See more »

Quotes

Lancelot: A man and a woman may love each other all there lives with no evil between them. I darest say such love is good, for by denial and suffering the heart is purified.
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Music by Clifton Parker
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Hooray!
6 April 2012 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Knights of the Round Table is directed by Richard Thorpe and adapted to screenplay by Talbot Jennings, Noel Langley & Jan Lustig from the novel Le Morte d'Arthur written by Sir Thomas Malory. It stars Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer, Stanley Baker, Anne Crawford and Felix Aylmer. Music is scored by Miklós Rózsa and cinematography by Stephen Dade and Freddie Young.

An interesting spin on the Arthurian legend for MGM, who film it in Cinemascope (first time for the studio) and dress it up grandly as the actors have a good old time in the days of yore. Here the romantic angle comes via Lancelot (Taylor) and Guinevere (Gardner) having lusty lustations for one and other that cause a tremble in the stability of Camelot. With Guinevere to marry King Arthur, and both she and the heroic Lancelot loyal to the King and his ideals for Camelot, it's not a real problem until the dastardly Modred (Baker) and the scheming Morgan le Fay (Crawford) start to throw spanners into the works that result in murder, suspicion and war.

It's all very fanciful stuff, full of derring-do machismo, but the action is well staged by Thorpe (cracking finale between good and evil), the outer location photography at Tintagel in Cornwall is most pleasing, Rózsa's score sweeps in and out of the well dressed sets and the cast do their director proud by not overdoing the material to hand. Yes it inevitably hasn't aged particularly well, and modern film fans may balk at the many passages of detailed chatter in the well developed script, but this comes from a grand old time in cinema. When production value meant hard graft in front of and behind the camera . Honour and integrity is not only big within the story itself, it's also themes that apply to the film makers as well. Hooray! 7.5/10


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