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Siege of the Saxons (1963)

Approved | | Adventure, History | August 1963 (USA)
In league with the Saxon invaders, Edmund of Cornwall plans to slay King Arthur, marry his daughter and usurp the throne of England but wizard Merlin and outlaw Robert Marshall stand in the way.

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Nathan Juran
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janette Scott ... Katherine
Ronald Lewis ... Robert
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Edmund
John Laurie ... Merlin
Mark Dignam ... King Arthur
Jerome Willis ... The Limping Man
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... The Blacksmith (as Francis De Wolfe)
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... The Doctor
Peter Mason ... Young Monk
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Storyline

King Arthur learns one of his knights is plotting to take over and marry his daughter. After the King's death, the Knight wishing to marry the princess is ordered by the great wizard Merlin to remove the sword from the scabbard and prove his right to the throne. Written by <imparja@ozemail.com.au>

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Saxon legions storm the flaming walls of King Arthur's Camelot.

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Adventure | History

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King Arthur and the Siege of the Saxons See more »

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Production Co:

Ameran Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Parts of Richard Clarke's performance is re-voiced by Robert Rietty. See more »

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The monarch's standard includes a quadrant with the Fleur De Lys: this relates to the monarchy's French possessions. However, this connection did not arise until 1066 when William of Normandy defeated Harold at the Battle of Hastings to become William 1, so the standard could not have been that of monarchs of Saxon times. See more »

Quotes

Robert: We're going to Merlin. He made your father king; perhaps he can make you queen.
Katherine: Now I know you're lying. Nobody knows where Merlin is.
Robert: Well, that will make things more difficult, won't it?
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Connections

Remake of The Black Knight (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Plainsong
(uncredited)
Music by Iain Carnegie
Amphonic Music Ltd
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Not as bad as all that...
27 April 2005 | by patriciahammondSee all my reviews

I finished watching this movie about, oh, five minutes ago, and went straight to IMDb to read more about it, and was rather surprised to see that the only two members who've left comments thoroughly trash it. It's actually a highly satisfactory way to spend a rainy afternoon, what with an excellent cast (no, they're not hammy. If you want hammy there are plenty of other films to oblige you), an accomplished and effective score with lots of brass, and well choreographed fight sequences which give a good idea of how heavy those Anglo-Saxon weapons were. Cinematography is also pretty good, with castles that look the way we'd expect them to look. And the costumes are evocative without looking too fancy-dress (consider that this is 1963!). Pacing is good, and although it won't be in anyone's top twenty films, it does deliver a good time. Laurie is excellent as Merlin, mystical and frail with ancient hollow eyes.


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