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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.

Director:

Stephen Weeks

Writers:

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

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

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Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight See more »

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Scancrest See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Spoofed in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

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Atmospheric and so much more...
25 May 2009 | by xebelanSee all my reviews

Atmospheric is the first word I'd use to describe this movie. With the thick rolling fog, deep forest, dark castles and rocky seacoast; this movie delivers on locations. The filth is fantastic. When characters get dirty, they stay dirty. Their clothes look worn. When Gawain falls ill, he looks it. There are sweat stains on most of the cast. I don't know about you guys, but I appreciate touches like that.

In this version of Gawain, everything, no matter how bizarre or with a touch of silly, is deadly serious for the players. From the moment the movie starts it wraps itself in the period and surreal imagery and grimly marches on to a very well done conclusion.

Though it gets a lot of bad reviews, I genuinely like this movie. In fact, I like it much more than the remake "Sword of the Valiant"-- whose characters come off as not taking their environment, or each other, seriously.


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