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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.


George A. Romero





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


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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Alan: My king. If you'll allow me, I will fight for you in defense of the crown. These others will challenge...
[chuckles emotionally]
Alan: Shit, I can't talk like that. Morgan's agreed to fight, and if you promise to sit on your ass and stay out of the way, there's still some of us that'll fight for you.
Billy: [through his tears] All right.
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Flawed, but has rewarding moments
18 October 2003 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

From what I gather, "Knightriders" didn't do very well at the box office when it was released. Upon watching it, it's easy to come up with plausible explanations for this. While the poster seemed to promise wall-to-wall action, there isn't that much of it, and what action there is often becomes monotonous. The movie tries to do so much that many of the plot threads feel unfinished at the end. And of course, the unbelievably long running time - 145 MINUTES!!!

Yet at the same time, I can't really call this a BAD movie - I would lean more to calling it "misguided". That's because as problem-filled the movie is, there are some good things about it. The actors give their characters a lot of heart - Brother Blue is especially good. (And I thought Savini actually wasn't bad in his role as well.) While the action scenes become monotonous, there are some impressive stunt sequences. The medieval-style music score fits like a glove. And there are some moments that are just *perfect*, the best being the opening sequence.

If you do watch it, I recommend that you split up your viewing into several sessions, so that you don't become too bored by how the movie keeps, well, spinning its wheels. There's a great movie hiding in there - perhaps with a lot of work (and a little magic), it might one day be successfully remade.

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Release Date:

10 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knights See more »

Filming Locations:

Natrona, Pennsylvania, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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| (video) | (TV) (1988)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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