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Knightriders (1981)

R | | Action, Drama | 10 April 1981 (USA)
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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.

Director:

George A. Romero
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Games...The Romance...The Spirit...Camelot is a state of mind.

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film, which mixes motorcycles with Medieval customs, was released in the same year as the King Arthur-legend film, Excalibur (1981). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Bontempi: So, what's your name?
Marhalt: Marhalt.
Bontempi: I mean your "real" name.
Marhalt: [matter-of-factly] Marhalt.
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Connections

Referenced in Humanoids from Atlantis (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Goin' Home
Performed by The Rolling Stones
[song that Tuck and Judy sing in the van]
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Potential Cult Classic
17 July 2010 | by artzauSee all my reviews

OK, besides Ed Harris and Tom Savini, who else is in this amazing biker film from the early 80s? Well, it doesn't really matter because sometimes things just come together in a way that transcends what the likely original intent was, to patch together a biker movie about jousting knights who engage in feudal combat from motorcycles instead of horses. Yep. The costumes are a bit cheesy, the acting is a bit raw and amateurish and the story..., ah, the story: The story is the Arthurian tragedy of innocence, self sacrifice, honor and unfaithfulness. The tale works around the triad of the King, the very young Ed Harris, the villain, the wonderful Tom Savini and the knight protector, Lancelot, Gary Lahti. Each of these figures represents an archetype which very likely unbeknown to the film makers and they come through wonderfully in the way in which this tale is patched together. Billy,as the King Arthur prototype is idealistic, uncompromising loyal to his own mythology and like the legendary Arthur, ego-less. His loyal knight retainer, Alan, is Lancelot in his nobility and loyalty to his sovereign while coveting his wife all the time. Savini is purely delightful as the Modred counterpart, even taking Morgan le Fay's name as a pun. Morgan covets the crown and tries to usurp it by going off only to discover his new realm is a forest of paper tigers. The final scene and resolution of the tragedy works wonderfully, giving a the only glimpse of the famous story-teller and raconteur, Brother Blue as the wizard, Merlin.

As an anthropologist and mythologist, I saw this tale back in the early 80s and was impressed how the underlying mythology of an essentially low budget film held together in such a wonderful way in spite of a few flaws. I consider it a cult classic.


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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Laurel, United Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video) | (TV) (1988)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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