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Excalibur (1981)

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Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... King Arthur
... Morgana
... Lancelot
... Guenevere
... Perceval
... Merlin
Robert Addie ... Mordred
... Uther Pendragon
... Uryens
... Igrayne
... Gawain
... Cornwall
Niall O'Brien ... Kay
... Leondegrance
... Ector
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The myth of King Arthur brought once again to the screen. Uthur Pendragon is given the mystical sword Excalibur by the wizard Merlin. At his death Uthur buries the sword into a stone, and the next man that can pull it out will be King of England. Years later Arthur, Uthur's bastard son draws Excalibur and becomes king. Guided by Merlin, Arthur marries Guenivere and gathers the Knights of the Round Table. Arthur's evil half-sister Morgana sires a son with him, who may prove his downfall. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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No mortal could possess it! No kingdom could command it! See more »


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10 April 1981 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,519,706, 12 April 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,967,437
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Trivia

During the discussion about creating the round table, the stars in the sky are superimposed. See more »

Goofs

After casting his spell on Uther, Merlin turns toward the camera, showing the reflection of the cameraman and camera in his helmet. See more »

Quotes

Merlin: Remember, there's always something cleverer than yourself.
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: The Ritz (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude to Tristan and Isolde
by Richard Wagner
Specially recorded by London Philharmonic Orchestra (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Conducted by Norman Del Mar
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Excalibur. The best of the King Arthur films.
16 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Excalibur is a truly atmospheric film. It has the ability to take you back to the time it depicts, without using sentimentality or rose tinted spectacles. Having seen the film numerous times, I still get more out of it with every viewing. It certainly seemed to start many careers on the right path and many of the actors are very well known now. My only sadness is that Paul Geoffrey and Nigel Terry, two of the main character actors, seem not to have become such household names. They both stand out in the film and to my mind have made it what it is, brilliant. Great direction, production, photography and music. King Arthur himself would have been proud of it.


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