In a time now lost in the mists of memory, the great King Arthur rules in the legendary citadel that is Camelot. His Knights of the Round Table commit acts of derring-do and spend their ... See full summary »
Young Prince Valiant, son of the exiled King of Scandia, journeys to Camelot to become a knight at King Arthur's Round Table. He hopes to help his father reclaim his throne from the pagan Viking usurper Sligon and restore the Christian faith to their homeland. On his journey he stumbles upon a mysterious Black Knight plotting with Sligon's representatives to overthrow Arthur. Barely escaping with his life, Valiant encounters Sir Gawain, one of the most illustrious knights of the Round Table, and an old friend of his father's, who tutors the young Viking in the skills needed to be a knight. Valiant and Gawain's pupil-mentor relationship is complicated by their romantic involvement with Princess Aleta and her sister Ilene, daughters of the King of Ord. If Valiant is to restore his father's throne and prevent the coup d'etat against Arthur, he must uncover the true identity of the Black Knight.Written by
Alnwick Castle in Northumberland served as Camelot in all of the panoramic CinemaScope shots, whilst Warwick Castle was used for the main gate and courtyard. Although Alnwick is made of brown sandstone, and Warwick pale gray granite, carefully placed cameras, use of filters and post production color timing masked the difference in hues. See more »
When Prince Valiant (Robert Wagner) is hiding underwater from the Black Knight, the reed through which he is breathing changes size between shots. When he first cuts it, it is so large in diameter it barely fits in his mouth, but in the next shot it is only half that size, easily discernible as a smaller reed than the original one. See more »
A man does not risk banishment or death in borrowed armor unless the stakes are high.
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There are only few - VERY few - classic sword & sorcery adventures out there which deserve more than a glance. Yes, this one's pretty ignorant of Hal Foster's original, and I pity that. But as far as 40's/50's first class adventure romps go, this one ranks right beneath the all-time classic 'The Adventures Of Robin Hood', bravely levels with 'Ivanhoe', and easily settles above 'Knights Of The Round Table'.
This is a classic Sunday afternoon couch with a bag of chips movie.
As long as you don't expect something else, this is the movie for you.
9 out of 10 for what it is and always will be.
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