A medieval reenactment troupe find it increasingly difficult to keep their family-like group together, with pressure from local law enforcement, interest from entertainment agents and a growing sense of delusion from their leader.

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George A. Romero

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Harris ... Billy
Gary Lahti ... Alan
Tom Savini ... Morgan
Amy Ingersoll Amy Ingersoll ... Linet
Patricia Tallman ... Julie
Christine Forrest Christine Forrest ... Angie
Warner Shook Warner Shook ... Pippin
Brother Blue Brother Blue ... Merlin
Cynthia Adler ... Rocky
John Amplas ... Whiteface
Don Berry Don Berry ... Bagman
Amanda Davies Amanda Davies ... Sheila
Martin Ferrero ... Bontempi
Ken Foree ... Little John
Ken Hixon Ken Hixon ... Steve
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A travelling troupe of jousters and performers are slowly cracking under the pressure of hick cops, financial troubles and their failure to live up to their own ideals. The group's leader, King Billy, is increasingly unable to maintain his warrior's rule while the Black Knight is being tempted away to LA and stardom, as they all have to ask why they were here in the first place. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Action | Drama

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Trivia

Actor Ed Harris regularly performed a number of pranks at the hotel where the production was staying for the film shoot. See more »

Goofs

Morgan's hair as he gets out of the pool goes from being soaking wet, to barely damp. See more »

Quotes

Bagman: You see, the way I see it is this: You got two separate fights. The one for truth and justice and the American way of life and all that. That's gotta take a backseat to the one for staying alive. You gotta stay alive! Man, you can have the most beautiful ideals in the whole world, but if you die, your ideals are gonna die with you! The important thing is we gotta stay together, we gotta keep the troupe together. And if keeping the troupe going means that we have to take some of this promoter's ...
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Spoofs On the Waterfront (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Goin' Home
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
[song that Tuck and Judy sing in the van]
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Fighting the Dragon
5 February 2001 | by krasnegarSee all my reviews

Sometimes it's too long.

Sometimes it's just right.

But even when i watch it and say -Yup, too long!- i can never decide what to cut.

I love to put this on for people who have never seen it and have no idea of what they're in for -- the careful arrangements, compositions and camerawork of the opening sequence, as the King and his Queen tarry a while in the (probably enchanted) woods, in the lovely golden sunlight, then dress themselves, he girds on his armor, he mounts his mighty steed (shot composed so that we see only his torso, the steed being out of shot at the bottom), she mounts side-saddle on the pillion...

And BARRROOOOMMMM!!!! that huge bike roars into life and the camera pulls back as we see them ride away...

It's almost as much of a jolt as the narrow-to-wide cut at the beginning of "Road Warrior"... and just as important to see (if possible) on a big screen the first time.

Kings and queens, knights and heroes; a wizard... even a faithful Indian companion; it's all here.

Action, adventure, humor, treachery and heroism -- all here.

Love and hate, jealousy and heart break? Present and accounted for.

Bad guys get theirs, hero vindicated in the end? What do you think?

And incredible, incredible action work. This film equals or even surpasses "The Road Warrior" in its motorcycle work. I'm still not sure if the final stunt is faked or whether they actually did it -- either way, my hat's off to the people who put it on the screen.

Ed Harris, as King Billy, whose vision forms the kingdom, whose unhealing wound signifies danger ahead, and whose malaise may well doom the kingdom, is brilliant.

Brother Blue as Merlin is indescribable -- but in a good context.

Patricia Tallman, who has gone on to a dual career as actress and stuntwoman (recurring on "Babylon 5" as telepath "Lita" and doing stunts in the film "Long Kiss Goodnight") has what i believe is her first screen appearance, playing a townie girl who is temporarily admitted into the kingdom's magic, but must eventually go home if only to tell the world what she's seen, is good...

Tom Savini as Morgan, the villain (hiss, boo) is Jes' Fine...

I have always described this film as the one film i know of that gets the closest to the truths that underlie the King Arthur legends...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knights See more »

Filming Locations:

Natrona, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (video) | (TV) (1988)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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