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Sword of Lancelot (1963)

Lancelot and Guinevere (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 5 June 1963 (USA)
Lancelot is King Arthur's most valued Knight of the Round Table and a paragon of courage and virtue. Things change, however, when he falls in love with Queen Guinevere.

Director:

Cornel Wilde

Writers:

Richard Schayer, Cornel Wilde (as Jefferson Pascal)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cornel Wilde ... Sir Lancelot
Jean Wallace ... Guinevere
Brian Aherne ... King Arthur
George Baker ... Sir Gawaine
Archie Duncan Archie Duncan ... Sir Lamorak
Adrienne Corri ... Lady Vivian
Michael Meacham Michael Meacham ... Sir Modred
Iain Gregory Iain Gregory ... Sir Tors
Mark Dignam ... Merlin
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Sir Dagonet
John Barrie ... Sir Bevidere
Richard Thorp ... Sir Gareth
Joseph Tomelty Joseph Tomelty ... Sir Kaye
Graham Stark ... Rian
Geoffrey Dunn Geoffrey Dunn ... Edrick
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Storyline

Lancelot is King Arthur's most valued Knight of the Round Table and a paragon of courage and virtue. Things change, however, when he falls in love with Queen Guinevere.

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All the fiery passions of the lusty age of great kings....beautiful queens.....that heroic age of King Arthur and the gallant Knights of the Round Table! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 June 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sword of Lancelot See more »

Filming Locations:

Divicibare, Yugoslavia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Emblem Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nine years earlier Brian Aherne played King Arthur in "Prince Valiant." See more »

Goofs

In the main battle scene, a soldier - apparently thinking he was out of camera range - can be seen at the bottom of the screen standing with an arrow sticking out of his shoulder and smoking a cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Guinevere: I should have known better than to trust a Frenchman!
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Version of The Sword in the Stone (1963) See more »

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Zose lips, zose eyes, zose blonde hairs!
18 December 2005 | by inspectors71See all my reviews

Cornel Wilde should be awarded an "E" for effort in The Sword of Lancelot, a gabby, murkily photographed, and surprisingly bloody King Arthurer from 1962. Wilde as Lancelot sports a dandy little French accent that reminded me of the guy in the tower in Monty Python's The Holy Grail while he fights for the king, until he gets all gushy over the lovely Jean Wallace as Guinevere.

There is quite a bit of long-looking and love-talking and smooching between the real-life couple (and a tightly shot post-coital embrace with the two drippy and funky; boy, what did the folks at the Production Code think of that?), but after a good while, you're starting to grumble at the screen to GET ON WITH IT, whatever it might be.

The battles swing from the hokey to the excitingly bloody. You don't see many guys get their heads split down the middle in American movies in 1962, and Wilde does stage a couple of well-thought-out sequences, so there is some benefit to sitting through the kiss-kiss to get to the clang-clang.

The whole Arthurian legend is such an appealing story that even though Wilde has two strikes against him--a budget equivalent to pocket change (the film quality is so bad, I honestly checked my glasses to see if they needed cleaning) and the fact that most everyone involved looks a good generation too old for the story--he still brings some real love and passion to the screen.

Which is why The Sword of Lancelot should be taken at face value, and even though Jean Wallace is pushing forty in the picture (too mature for a maiden), all I can say is, "What a face!"


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