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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.

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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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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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Box Office

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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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

The fog in the final joust changes between shots. 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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Connections

Spoofs The Wild One (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Signifying Monkey
Music & Lyrics by Oscar Brown Jr.
© 1981 United Film Distribution Co. - United Artists Corporation/Donald Rubinstein
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Quite an extraordinary film from George A. Romero....
24 January 2008 | by GrigoryGirlSee all my reviews

This, quite possibly, may be my favorite of Romero's films. I adore Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, but this one is quite special and is a complete surprise, even to Romero's hardcore fans. I remember renting it a while back because it was by Romero (and it is pretty long, 145 minutes, and I love long films). Many reviews simply stated that it was "a change of pace" for Romero, and yes, this is true, but they missed the depth and substance that this film has. It is Romero's most moving film, completely heartfelt and sincere, one that, should I say this, stirs the soul. Romero elicits incredibly naturalistic performances from his cast. It's made up of Romero regulars, including Ken Foree from Dawn of the Dead, and Tom Savini, makeup artist extraordinare and a surprisingly good actor here. It also stars a then unknown Ed Harris, who Romero discovered. Ed shows his intensity and power early on. You really feel like you're watching real people and their traveling show. Nothing feels phony, smug, or "ironic" here. The final 20 minutes is the most stirring thing that Romero has ever done (with the best scene in a school where Ed Harris gives his sword and helmet to a young school boy he met earlier in the film. The kid's performance is wonderful in a film filled with them). So, this film is much more than just a change of pace for George A. Romero. It's a deeply moving, sad film, one that should be appreciated not only for its change of pace (which Romero succeeds wildly), but for its deep, humanistic message. A wonderful piece of film-making....


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