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First Knight (1995)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 7 July 1995 (USA)
Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile, a violent warlord tries to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.


Jerry Zucker


Lorne Cameron (story), David Hoselton (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... King Arthur
Richard Gere ... Lancelot
Julia Ormond ... Guinevere
Ben Cross ... Prince Malagant
Liam Cunningham ... Agravaine
Christopher Villiers ... Sir Kay
Valentine Pelka Valentine Pelka ... Sir Patrise
Colin McCormack Colin McCormack ... Sir Mador
Ralph Ineson ... Ralf
John Gielgud ... Oswald
Stuart Bunce ... Peter, King's Stableman
Jane Robbins Jane Robbins ... Elise
Jean Marie Coffey Jean Marie Coffey ... Petronella
Paul Kynman ... Mark
Tom Lucy Tom Lucy ... Sir Sagramore


Lancelot lives by the sword. In fact, they're next door neighbors, so teaming up to fight for money comes pretty naturally. Lady Guinevere, on her way to marry King Arthur is ambushed by the evil Sir Malagant. Fortunately, Lancelot is lurking nearby and he rescues his future Queen. They fall in love, but Guinevere still fancies the idea of wearing a crown, so she honors her promise to Arthur. Written by Tim McSmythurs <Tim.McSmythurs@swindon.ericsson.se>

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Their greatest battle would be for her love.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some brutal medieval battles | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der erste Ritter See more »

Filming Locations:

Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales See more »


Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,856,442, 9 July 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to letters and interviews, Sir John Gielgud found Director Jerry Zucker extremely annoying. See more »


When Arthur brings Lancelot inside to show him the Round Table, what appears to be a Phillips-head screw is visible on the inside of the door they walk through. See more »


Lancelot: Do you know how to win a sword fight?
John: How?
Lancelot: Be the only one with a sword!
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Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword
23 December 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

It opens with the backdrop, "At long last, the wars were over. Arthur, the great king of Camelot, had devoted his life to building a land of peace an justice. Now he wished to marry. But the peace was not to last. The most powerful of Arthur's knights, Prince Malagant, had long been jealous of the King's glory. Now he found cause to quarrel with Arthur and left Camelot with hearted in his heart. And so the land was divided again, between those who rallied to Prince Malagant, seeking the spoils of war, and those who stayed loyal to the King. And then there was Lancelot, a wanderer who had never dreamed of peace or justice or knighthood. Times were hard. A man made his living any way he could. And Lancelot had always been good with a sword…"

An awareness of a general negativity concerning this film is one of the reasons it's a more enjoyable than not. Even without lowered expectations, "First Knight" is an above average film. Jerry Zucker directs a series of well-paced action scenes with pomp and circumstance. William Nicholson's screenplay focuses on the "love triangle" formed with Richard Gere (as Sir Lancelot) falling in love with Julia Ormond (as Lady Guinevere) on her way to marry Sean Connery (as King Arthur). It isn't difficult to figure out the rest of the story.

The three principal players are nicely suited to their roles. Mr. Gere plays "Lancelot" (the leading man) with nobility and nonchalance; he has a gracefulness which might have been utilized in other Errol Flynn-type roles, had he chosen to perform them. Ms. Ormond adds a considerable amount of spirited resoluteness to her "Guinevere"; this, combined with her physical beauty, makes her irresistible. Mr. Connery's "King Arthur" gives the film an old-world foundation. Ben Cross (as Prince Malagant) heads up a splendid supporting cast, with something old John Gielgud (as Oswald), and something new Stuart Bunce (as Peter), all dressed up in something blue.

So, where's the rub? The valiant filmmakers took a chance by removing the mythological elements. The wizard "Merlin" does not appear. "Excalibur" has no magical powers. Stripped of its magic, the still noble "Camelot" is a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.

****** First Knight (7/7/95) Jerry Zucker ~ Richard Gere, Julia Ormond, Sean Connery, Ben Cross

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