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Classic tale of King Arthur and how his wife is kidnapped by his evil sister. Lancelot is sent out to try and retrieve the lost queen and unfortunately falls in love with her. Forbidden ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... King Arthur
Candice Bergen ... Morgan Le Fay
Edward Woodward ... Merlin
Dyan Cannon ... Katherine
Joseph Blatchley Joseph Blatchley ... Mordred
Rupert Everett ... Lancelot
Rosalyn Landor ... Guinevere
Liam Neeson ... Grak
Patrick Ryecart ... Gawain
Philip Sayer Philip Sayer ... Agravain
Ann Thornton Ann Thornton ... Lady Ragnell
Lucy Gutteridge ... Niniane
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... King Pellinore
John Quarmby John Quarmby ... Sir Kai
Michael Gough ... Archbishop
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Classic tale of King Arthur and how his wife is kidnapped by his evil sister. Lancelot is sent out to try and retrieve the lost queen and unfortunately falls in love with her. Forbidden love, revenge, family rivalry, and magic are all prominent themes. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Country:

USA | Yugoslavia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merlin & the Sword See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Tracey Childs was a possible for Guinevere. See more »

Quotes

Morgan Le Fay: And it is this manliness which will be his undoing. Manliness is a complex mixture: stupidity, courage and persistence. A potion I've not been able to find for you.
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Alternate Versions

In the original television version, Lancelot and the scene with the dragon are completely omitted, as well as Merlin astral projecting himself in the conclusion, as it was used earlier in the movie. The funeral of King Arthur was also omitted. The TV airing was shown in two parts, with additionally footage not shown in the subsequent video release. See more »

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Referenced in Penelope (2006) See more »

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The absolute pits
30 January 1999 | by BrianVSee all my reviews

Unbelievable. This movie is without a doubt one of the poorest excuses for wasting celluloid I have ever seen. I like the whole King Arthur/Knights of the Round Table genre, so I was prepared to give it a little latitude when I started watching it and saw in what direction it was going (downhill), but this movie's stupefying ineptness is mind-boggling. Candace Bergen in a red Bozo the Clown wig, cackling maniacally as she spouts gibberish that is supposed to be magic spells, Liam Neeson playing a Pictish barbarian talking like an Indian in a 1930s western ("Me have many babies with this woman! Me go now!"), poorly staged "battles" that looked more like a crowd of drunks lurching into each other, cheesy special effects, and some of the most brainless dialogue this side of "Plan 9 from Outer Space" combine to make this movie a laugh riot. The "acting" is at a junior-high school level, the photography is washed out, it appears to have been edited with a chainsaw--and they are just its =good= qualities. All in all, an experience to remember--if you can stay awake (I couldn't; I missed the last 20 minutes because this thing put me to sleep...).


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