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Excalibur ()


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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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King Arthur
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Morgana
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Lancelot
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Guenevere
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Perceval
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Merlin
Robert Addie ...
Mordred
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Uther Pendragon
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Uryens
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Igrayne
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Gawain
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Cornwall
Niall O'Brien ...
Kay
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Leondegrance
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Ector
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Lot (as Ciarin Hinds)
Liam O'Callaghan ...
Sadok
Michael Muldoon ...
Astamor
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Boy Mordred
Gerard Mannix Flynn ...
Mordred's Lieutenant (as Mannix Flynn)
Garrett Keogh ...
Mador
Emmet Bergin ...
Ulfius
Barbara Byrne ...
Young Morgana
Brid Brennan ...
Lady in Waiting
Kay McLaren ...
Aged Morgana
Eamon A. Kelly ...
Abbot (as Eamonn Kelly)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hilary Joyalle ...
Lady of the Lake (uncredited)
Prudence Wright Holmes ...
Sunshine (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Boorman

Written by

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Thomas Malory ... (book "Le Morte d'Arthur")
 
Rospo Pallenberg ... (adaptation)
 
Rospo Pallenberg ... (screenplay) and
John Boorman ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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John Boorman ... producer
Michael Dryhurst ... associate producer
Robert A. Eisenstein ... executive producer
Edgar F. Gross ... executive producer

Music by

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Trevor Jones

Cinematography by

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Alex Thomson

Film Editing by

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John Merritt
Donn Cambern ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Michael Kelliher ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Mary Selway

Production Design by

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Anthony Pratt

Art Direction by

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Tim Hutchinson

Set Decoration by

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Bryan Graves

Costume Design by

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Bob Ringwood

Makeup Department

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Anna Dryhurst ... makeup artist
Anne Dunne ... hair stylist
Anne McFadyen ... hair stylist
Basil Newall ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Jack Phelan ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Barry Blackmore ... assistant director
Robert Dwyer-Joyce ... second assistant director
John Lawlor ... second assistant director
Peter MacDonald ... second unit director
Andrew Montgomery ... second assistant director
Ted Morley ... second assistant director
David Murphy ... second assistant director
Martin O'Malley ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Trisha Edwards ... production buyer
Bob Hedges ... property master
Joe Lear ... master plasterer
Joe Lee ... construction manager
John Lucas ... associate art director
Owen Murnane ... master painter
Paddy Murray ... property man
Mario Novelli ... model maker (as Anthony Freeman)
David Rayner ... property man
Mervyn Rowe ... scenic artist
Bertram Tyrer ... associate art director
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Cos Egan ... set dresser (uncredited)
Mark Hedges ... trainee propman (uncredited)
Owen Monaghan ... set dresser (uncredited)
Brian Muir ... sculptor (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Pat Brennan ... assistant sound editor
Tom Curran ... sound recordist
Ron Davis ... sound editor
John Fortune ... boom operator
Tony Message ... dialogue editor
Doug E. Turner ... sound mixer (as Doug Turner)
Lionel Strutt ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Michael Doyle ... special effects
Peter Hutchinson ... special effects
Gerry Johnston ... special effects
Alan Whibley ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Wally Veevers ... special optical effects

Stunts

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Ken Byrne ... stunts
Dominick Hewitt ... stunt double
Paul Kelly ... stunts
Chris King ... stunts
James McHale ... stunts
Ed McShortall ... stunts
Donal O'Farrell ... stunts
Bernard O'Hare ... stunts
Peter Spelman ... stunts
Alan Walsh ... stunts / stunt double (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mike Brewster ... assistant camera
John Campbell ... assistant camera
Jack Conroy ... electrical supervisor
Louis Conroy ... electrician
Terry Eiffe ... electrician
Derek Hate ... electrician
Martin Holland ... electrician
Peter MacDonald ... photographer: second unit
Shane O'Neill ... assistant camera
Luke Quigley ... camera grip
Bob Smith ... camera operator
Arnaud Sélignac ... still photographer
Peter Versey ... assistant camera
Mike Fox ... second camera operator (uncredited)
Jon Sorensen ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Des Whelan ... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby ... special still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Daryl Bristow ... wardrobe master
Janet O'Leary ... wardrobe mistress
Deborah Phipps ... assistant costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Kevin Moriarty ... location manager

Music Department

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Trevor Jones ... conductor: original music
Dick Lewzey ... music recording engineer (as Richard Lewzey)
John Richards ... music recording engineer
John A. Coleman ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Arthur Dunne ... transportation manager

Other crew

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Terry Baker ... stand-by crew
Philip Bernon ... rider
Telsche Boorman ... general assistant
Richard Collins ... rider
Seamus Collins ... rider
Con Cremins ... assistant accountant
Joe Cullen ... rider
Barry Cunningham ... stand-by crew
Daithi Curren ... rider
Tony Doyle ... rider
Terry English ... armorer
Nick Fitzpatrick ... armorer
Martin Forrestal ... stand-by crew
Donal Fortune ... rider
David Gavaghan ... rider
Beryl Harvey ... production assistant
William Hobbs ... fight arranger
Neil Jordan ... creative associate
Eddie Kennedy ... rider
Peter Leicht ... armorer
Tom Lundy ... stand-by crew
Marie McFerran ... production assistant
Bronco McLoughlin ... rider (as Bronco McLaughlin)
Michael O'Farrell ... rider
Ray O'Toole ... rider
Michael Rowland ... horse master
Jean Skinner ... continuity
Arthur Tarry ... production accountant
Steve Tidiman ... armorer
Anthony Van Laast ... choreographer
Christy Yourell ... stand-by crew
Wayne Docksey ... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Richard Goulding ... producers office assistant (uncredited)
Craig Miller ... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Philip Sharpe ... technician (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines No mortal could possess it! No kingdom could command it! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Knights (United States)
  • Excàlibur (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Экскалибур (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Excalibur - kongernes sværd (Denmark)
  • Eξκάλιμπερ (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 140 min
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Box Office

Budget $11,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $4,519,706, 12 Apr 1981
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $11,811,616

Did You Know?

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Trivia Helen Mirren and Nicol Williamson were initially reluctant to work with each other. They'd been in a disastrous production of "Macbeth," and were not on speaking terms. John Boorman cast them because their natural animosity would be perfect. According to Mirren, she and Williamson "wound up becoming very good friends" during filming. See more »
Goofs During the final battle scene against Mordred, the background audio track of men yelling and swordplay is clearly a re-tread of the Leon De Grance castle battle. In the final battle scene, one can clearly hear the "throw the rope" line that Merlin yells to Arthur from Leon De Grance castle battle, as well as the yell from Arthur as he jumped from the castle into the moat. (00:37:02 same as 02:88:18, 00:40:12 same as 02:09:58). See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Kidnap (1983). See more »
Soundtracks Prelude to Parsifal See more »
Quotes Merlin: STAND BACK! Be silent! Be still!... That's it... and look upon this moment. Savor it! Rejoice with great gladness! Great gladness! Remember it always, for you are joined by it. You are One, under the stars. Remember it well, then... this night, this great victory. So that in the years ahead, you can say, 'I was there that night, with Arthur, the King!' For it is the doom of men that they forget.
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