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Lovespell (1981)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | December 1981 (USA)
The classic Arthurian tale of tragic love. In medieval times, Lord of Cornwall decides to marry an Irish princess Isolde. However, his most loyal knight Tristan becomes bewitched by her beauty and they fall hopelessly in love.

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... King Mark of Cornwall
... Isolt
... Tristan
... Gormond of Ireland
... Bronwyn
... Andred
... Alix
Niall O'Brien ... Corvenal
Kathryn Dowling ... Yseult of the White Hand
John Jo Brooks ... Father Colm
Trudy Hayes ... Anne
John Scanlon ... Bishop
Bobby Johnson ... William the Guard
John Labine ... Eoghanin
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The classic Arthurian tale of tragic love. In medieval times, Lord of Cornwall decides to marry an Irish princess Isolde. However, his most loyal knight Tristan becomes bewitched by her beauty and they fall hopelessly in love.

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Isolt: Through life, past death, and into the hands of God.
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Version of Tristan et Iseult (1972) See more »

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Composed and arranged by Paddy Moloney
Played by The Chieftains
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Authentic and sad legend of Tristan and Isolt
21 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

I guess I'm too much of a Camelot fan to be able to enjoy this movie. Richard Burton played King Arthur on Broadway from 1960-1963 in Lerner & Loewe's musical, and twenty years later in Lovespell, he rejoins the medieval time period. He plays King Mark of Cornwall, and he falls in love with young Isolt, played by a pre-Star Trek Kate Mulgrew. Maybe because of protocol, or maybe because he had a business meeting, or maybe because he was an idiot, but when he decided to propose marriage to her, he sent his faithful knight Tristan to do the deed. If you're aware of the Tristan and Isolt legend, you're one-up on me. I didn't know what I was getting into, even though it was pretty obvious Tristan and Isolt were going to get together, and Richard Burton was going to get his heartbroken.

Anyway, if you don't know the legend, I won't spoil it for you, but legends become legends because they are very sad. Lovespell is no exception. Just be prepared. If you like Romeo and Juliet or Camelot, you'll like this one. It's very well done; the way it's filmed takes the audience to the time period effortlessly. Still, I struggled to understand Isolt's heart. Why wouldn't she want Richard Burton? I would.


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