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Lovespell (1981)

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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Writer:

Claire Labine
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Burton ... King Mark of Cornwall
Kate Mulgrew ... Isolt
Nicholas Clay ... Tristan
Cyril Cusack ... Gormond of Ireland
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Bronwyn
Niall Toibin ... Andred
Diana Van der Vlis ... Alix
Niall O'Brien Niall O'Brien ... Corvenal
Kathryn Dowling Kathryn Dowling ... Yseult of the White Hand
John Jo Brooks John Jo Brooks ... Father Colm
Trudy Hayes Trudy Hayes ... Anne
John Scanlon John Scanlon ... Bishop
Bobby Johnson Bobby Johnson ... William the Guard
John Labine 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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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tristan and Iseult See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland

Company Credits

Production Co:

Clar Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Filmed in 1979. See more »

Quotes

Isolt: Through life, past death, and into the hands of God.
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Connections

Version of Tristan et Iseut (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Title Theme
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 HotToastyRagSee 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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