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Lionheart (1987)

A young knight sets out to join King Richard's crusaders. Along the way, he encounters The Black Prince who captures children and sells them as slaves to the Muslims. It is Robert Narra's ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Stoltz ... Robert Nerra
Gabriel Byrne ... Black Prince
Nicola Cowper ... Blanche
Dexter Fletcher ... Michael
Deborah Moore ... Mathilda (as Deborah Barrymore)
Nicholas Clay ... Charles De Montfort
Bruce Purchase Bruce Purchase ... Simon Nerra
Neil Dickson ... King Richard
Penny Downie ... Madelaine
Nadim Sawalha ... Selim
John Franklyn-Robbins John Franklyn-Robbins ... The Abbot
Chris Pitt Chris Pitt ... Odo
Matthew Sim ... Hugo
Paul Rhys ... Mayor of the Underground City
Sammi Davis ... Baptista
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A young knight sets out to join King Richard's crusaders. Along the way, he encounters The Black Prince who captures children and sells them as slaves to the Muslims. It is Robert Narra's sworn duty to protect the children and lead them to safety. Written by Kevin Michael Papineau <kp@parse.com>

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A timeless evil. A warrior lost. A mystical quest. See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

Hungary | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lionheart: The Children's Crusade See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Inspired loosely on an event that took place in 1212 called "The Children's Crusade", when a French boy tried to lead a large group of children to the Holy Land. However, most either died on the way or were sold into slavery when they reached North Africa on the way to Jerusalem. Similar events are said to have occurred at the same time around Germany. See more »

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Referenced in Kingdom of Heaven (2005) See more »

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low grade high adventure
16 December 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's the end of the 12th century. The young pious Robert Narra (Eric Stoltz) sets out to join The Third Crusade with King Richard the Lionheart. On route, he runs away from a battle. He encounters two escaped performers/thieves Michael (Dexter Fletcher) and his sister Mathilda (Deborah Moore). Michael would like to go to Paris. They seek shelter at a monastery where they're told about The Black Prince (Gabriel Byrne) who captures and sells children to the Muslims. The Black Prince is a disillusioned former crusader. In Paris, they are captured by the orphans of the Underground City. The Black Prince kills the mayor of the Underground City and plans to capture the army of orphans as they go off to join the crusade.

The Children's Crusade is not a happy story. The problem is that the goal is not well conceived. In order for this to work for a modern audience, they need to find a nicer place for them to strive for. I don't know why anybody would root for the kids to get to the crusade. Also this doesn't feel real enough to be gritty or fanciful enough to be magical. It operates in a weird middle ground where neither is satisfied. Jerry Goldsmith brings an epic score to this not-so epic movie.


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