6.6/10
5,581
97 user 42 critic

Camelot (1967)

Trailer
2:08 | Trailer
The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere. The plot of illegitimate Mordred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights.

Director:

Joshua Logan

Writers:

Alan Jay Lerner (based on the play "Camelot" book by), T.H. White (novel) | 1 more credit »
Won 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Camelot (TV Movie 1982)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Part of the cable series "HBO Theatre", this is a videotaped presentation of the 1980 Broadway revival of the musical.

Director: Marty Callner
Stars: Richard Harris, Meg Bussert, Richard Muenz
A Chorus Line (1985)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Hopefuls try out before a demanding director for a part in a new musical.

Director: Richard Attenborough
Stars: Michael Douglas, Terrence Mann, Michael Blevins
Certificate: M Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1825, an English aristocrat is captured by Native Americans. He lives with them and begins to understand their way of life. Eventually, he is accepted as part of the tribe and aspires to become their leader.

Director: Elliot Silverstein
Stars: Richard Harris, Judith Anderson, Jean Gascon
Fanny (1961)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A love triangle between a young woman, a rich 60-something man and an aspiring sailor set in early 20th century Marseilles.

Director: Joshua Logan
Stars: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer
South Pacific (1958)
Musical | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.

Director: Joshua Logan
Stars: Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio (Richard Burton) tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina (Dame Elizabeth Taylor).

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A popular painter, plagued by nightmares that he and his lover/sales agent are engaging in bizarre, ritualistic, sadistic sexual acts, seeks to escape the city and rent a house in the country.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, Georges Géret
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way.

Director: Gene Kelly
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford
Oklahoma! (1955)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In Oklahoma, several farmers, cowboys and a traveling salesman compete for the romantic favors of various local ladies.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson
Gypsy (1962)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden
Biography | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Harris ... King Arthur
Vanessa Redgrave ... Guenevere
Franco Nero ... Lancelot Du Lac
David Hemmings ... Mordred
Lionel Jeffries ... King Pellinore
Laurence Naismith ... Merlyn
Pierre Olaf Pierre Olaf ... Dap
Estelle Winwood ... Lady Clarinda
Gary Marshal ... Sir Lionel
Anthony Rogers Anthony Rogers ... Sir Dinadan
Peter Bromilow ... Sir Sagramore
Sue Casey Sue Casey ... Lady Sybil
Gary Marsh ... Tom of Warwick
Nicolas Beauvy Nicolas Beauvy ... King Arthur as a Boy
Edit

Storyline

The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere is played out amid the pagentry of Camelot. The plot of illegitimate Modred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, whom she at first abhors, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights who would use their might for right. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In Breathtaking 70mm Wide Screen and Full Stereophonic Sound! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Camelot See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Much like their characters, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero were lovers at the time. See more »

Goofs

In the throne room of the Great Hall, where Lancelot is to be dubbed, assorted people are gathered throughout the hall as King Arthur and Queen Guenevere make their way to the throne, but no knights. As Sir Lancelot rides his horse into the hall, both sides of the hall lined with knights in armor, where there had been no knights before. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
A Knight: The rules of battle are not for Lancelot Du Lac, Your Majesty! Let us attack now while they sleep!
King Arthur: [firmly] We will attack when I give the command - at dawn.
[the knight leaves, and Arthur begins to talk to himself]
King Arthur: Oh, Merlyn, Merlyn, why is Ginny in that castle, behind walls I cannot enter? How did I blunder into this agonizing absurdity? Where did I stumble? How did I go wrong? Should I not have loved her?
[sighs]
King Arthur: Then I should not have been born! Oh, Merlyn, I haven't got much ...
[...]
See more »

Alternate Versions

The version shown in what were then known as neighborhood theatres (i.e. second run houses) was shorter than the full-length one by about a half hour, and the cuts were very obvious. The first cut occurred after Arthur said the line "He lives backwards" (referring to Merlin). In the cut version, he does not explain what it means, while in the full-length version he does. Also gone in the cut version were half of Lancelot's first song "C'est Moi", half of Guenevere's song "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood", Arthur's spoken monologue during "How To Handle A Woman", and the entire scene in which Arthur, in the forest, remembers the lessons that Merlin taught him as a boy. The film was subsequently re-released a year later with the tagline UNCUT!, although it turned out to be still cut in the same spots. It was not until its first telecast (in two parts, on NBC) that all the cut moments were restored. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Animaniacs: Hooray for North Hollywood: Part 2 (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

If Ever I Would Leave You
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Sung by Gene Merlino (dubbing Franco Nero)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

An A for effort.
24 August 2011 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

I'm so used to demolishing contemporary productions and writing negative reviews that I often forget that that there are positive elements in some of the worst of films, and some well meant efforts in films that tried. So it is with the 1967 production of "Camelot" staring a plethora of names.

The film is an adaptation of the stage play of the same name, which itself is an adaptation of "The Man Who Would be King", a then contemporary retelling of the Arthurian legend as it had become interpreted by Hollywood and high brow publishers.

There's a lot of pageantry and production value injected and infused into this film. Everything from unearthing portions near the castle (the same used for "El Cid") to creating elegant armor highlighted with filigree and elaborate detail. The costumes, the sets, and emoting by the actors themselves falls into the "put best foot forward" category. Everything here is well meant. And to this end it is an entertaining film in its own right.

But it does fall flat here and there. The film was a business venture, like all films, but despite the resources allocated to the project, the production feels marginally rushed. The Broadway production with Julie Andrews and Richard Burton had made its mark a few years before, and the film was attempting to revitalize the waning coat tail interest in that production.

And that's just how the film feels; a somewhat rushed effort that was spared no expense to bring the fantasy world of Arthur, his castle "Camelot", queen, knights and all the rest. The clues are subtle, but there. The camera work is respectable, but not well defined nor planned out for any choreography staged. The pans and dolly shots are rough and unscheduled, or rough. Little pre-planning went into the shot setups. Zooms combined with dolly shots are mixed in with wide masters, giving the film the feel of being cobbled as opposed to created. The shots convey a "we need to shoot this quickly" feel, and it shows.

The art direction is interesting, but the technology of the time and emphasis on realistic colors during that period in commercial film making hold back a better production. The fact that other big names were brought in to pinch hit for the original Broadway cast that had established the play, again speaks volumes as to the kind of care that went into this film.

This isn't to say that the film is bad, but it could have been more. During this period in commercial film making name actors carried an enormous weight in marketing. They were truly "stars" during this time, as opposed to popular tabloid names akin to an adult version of high- school. Ergo name actors, or those aspiring to the such, were given A- productions, or, more correctly, placed in productions aspiring to be A- material. In short, people were hoping for Andrew, Burton and Goulet, but got Harris and company instead.

The musical numbers, as can be expected from a filmic translation of a Broadway play, are altered. The new takes on the old rifts are hit and miss; some are more successful than others. Yet again we get a sort of rough or unrefined feel from the musical numbers because of the haste in production. Again, respectable, but still unrefined in spite of the effort given.

I'm not one for remakes. I truly am not. But this one might be an interesting project to recreate, properly this time, with a little more care, and a little more time.

Not a great film, but decent entertainment. A snapshot of late 60s and early 70's commercial film making.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 97 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed