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Gawain and the Green Knight (1973)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy | June 1973 (UK)
The medieval legend of a supernatural knight who challenges the king's men to kill him.


Stephen Weeks


Philip M. Breen (screenplay) (as Philip Breen), Stephen Weeks (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Murray Head ... Gawain
Ciaran Madden ... Linet
Nigel Green ... Green Knight
Anthony Sharp ... King
Robert Hardy ... Sir Bertilak
David Leland David Leland ... Humphrey
Murray Melvin ... Seneschal
Tony Steedman ... Fortinbras
Ronald Lacey ... Oswald
Willoughby Goddard ... Knight
George Merritt ... Old Knight
Pauline Letts Pauline Letts ... Lady of Lyonesse
Richard Hurndall ... Bearded Man
Peter Copley ... Pilgrim
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Wiseman


The medieval legend of a supernatural knight who challenges the king's men to kill him.

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Adventure | Fantasy


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Release Date:

June 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight See more »

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Production Co:

Scancrest See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ronald Lacey, who played the character Oswald, also played the same character, also called Oswald, in Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984) which was made in 1984, and starred Miles O'Keeffe as Gawain and Sean Connery as the Green Knight, and Cyrielle Clair as Linet. Basically, it was the same movie, same actor, same director (Stephen Weeks), same role. See more »


Version of Gawain and the Green Knight (1991) See more »

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A strange film from strange times
2 January 2012 | by hurst365See all my reviews

I vaguely remember this from being around 7 years old at the time. The combination of time since, my age at the time, seeing it in a strange old-fashioned cinema, having an inter- mission(!), and the weird and dark storyline, have kept me perplexed to this day – with weird flashbacks.

I remember little detail I'm afraid, other than a general green tinge to the whole film and the Green Knight's head (I think), played by Nigel Green (born for the role, obviously), being lopped off by a sword in a finalé fight sequence. I think I was completely bamboozled by the whole affair, but not necessarily bored. If anything, I think it encouraged my liking of strange and weird films, and furthered my interest in the appearance of things – ending up as a graphic designer.

I do remember Nigel Green though and think I was aware of him at the time, maybe having seen him in Jason and the Argonauts earlier (as Hercules). In spite of his theatrical larger-than- life acting style, I remember him being a gripping person to watch – at least as a kid. A shame it was his last film.

I'd love to see again some day...

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