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Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984)

The Green Knights challenges King Arthur's knights. But only young Gawain takes it and decapitates him. The knight takes his head and now gives Gawain one year to learn about virtues, knighthood and then face the challenge himself.

Director:

Stephen Weeks

Writers:

Stephen Weeks (screenplay), Howard C. Pen (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles O'Keeffe ... Sir Gawain
Cyrielle Clair ... Linet (as Cyrielle Claire)
Leigh Lawson ... Humphrey
Sean Connery ... The Green Knight
Trevor Howard ... The King
Peter Cushing ... Seneschal - Gaspar
Ronald Lacey ... Oswald
Lila Kedrova ... Lady of Lyonesse
John Rhys-Davies ... Baron Fortinbras
Wilfrid Brambell ... Porter
Bruce Lidington Bruce Lidington ... Sir Bertilak
Douglas Wilmer ... The Black Knight
Brian Coburn Brian Coburn ... Friar Vosper
David Rappaport ... Sage
Emma Burdon-Sutton ... Morgan La Fay (as Emma Sutton)
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Storyline

Gawain was a squire in King Arthur's court when the Green Knight burst in and offered to play a game with a brave knight. No knights stand to defend their king's honor. Except for the valiant Gawain. After being quickly knighted Gawain plays the game, but learns that it's all a trick, and he has lost. But the Green Knight shows mercy, letting Gawain grow a year older before having to face the consequences. Gawain journeys across the land, learning about life, saving damsels, and solving the Green Knight's riddle. Written by Sean Kilby and Jason Parker <gestalt@ix.netcom.com>

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Men of Iron... Blades of Steel.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sword of the Valiant See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Stephen Weeks had already filmed this story, titled Gawain and the Green Knight (1973). See more »

Goofs

When Sir Gawain catches the arrow shot by Humphrey, he raises the hand that contains the end of the line upon which the arrow is traveling long before the arrow reaches the end. See more »

Quotes

Sir Gawain: I forgot to ask one question during my quick initiation into knighthood.
Humphrey: Oh? What's that?
Sir Gawain: How to relieve myself in this tin suit.
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Alternate Versions

There is a much longer version of the film, shot in its original widescreen format. Not seen since its first screening, this was to be released on DVD. This did not materialize and this version will probably not be seen again. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film 2017: Never Say Never Again Special (1983) See more »

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Guilty Pleasure
4 July 2003 | by pathielSee all my reviews

An interesting cast without firm direction: is this high camp? or low drama? Taking great liberties with the Gawain legend, the movie loses its original message: the acceptance of mortality and impefection as the human lot. That said, Sean Connery as the Green Knight dominates the screen and breathes life into this medieval tale. Even though the rest of the movie does not compare to the Arthur/Green Knight confrontation, it is worth a viewing.


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