The myth of King Arthur (Nigel Terry) brought once again to the screen. Uthur Pendragon (Gabriel Byrne) 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. Several years later, Arthur, Uthur's bastard son, draws Excalibur and becomes King. Guided by Merlin, Arthur marries Guenevere (Cherie Lunghi) and gathers the Knights of the Round Table. Arthur's evil half-sister Morgana (Dame Helen Mirren) sires a son with him, who may prove to be his downfall.Written by
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Merlin's name appears as "Myrddin" in Welsh tradition. He is partly based on a historical figure, the bard Myrddin Wyllt (Myrddin the Wild), who is also called Myrddin Emrys (Myrddin Ambrosius), Merlinus Caledonensis (Merlin of Caledonia), and Merlin Sylvestris ("of the woods"). The historical Myrrdin was one of the survivors of the defeated side in the Battle of Arfderydd (573) but reportedly went insane following the battle. He supposedly fled into the forest, lived with the animals, and received the gift of prophecy. See more »
When Arthur accepts Lancelot's invitation to joust, Arthur's squire carries three lances. Arthur takes a lance from Lancelot's rack and uses this for his first attack. He goes to his squire to collect a lance for the second attack and his squire only has one; what has happened to the other two? See more »
When a man lies, he murders some part of the world.
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The movie was originally put into theatrical release in 1981 as an R-rated film in the USA. Later there was an announcement of a PG rated version, but it was not widely released. The original R-rated cut is 140 minutes. Most home video versions are the R-rated version, but TV and movie channels show the PG cut, making the movie 119 minutes. The R-rated version features about 21 more minutes of graphic sex and violence. See more »
This is by far the best Arthurian film offering - sure, sure it gets a bit loopy with the Quest for the Grail, but I'm pretty sure such a Quest would involve some loopiness. The acting is v. good given the material, the atmosphere is strong and the use of Wagner is, at times, inspired. Oh, and there's no Richard Gere looking purty...
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