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First Knight (1995)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 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.

Director:

Jerry Zucker

Writers:

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
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Storyline

After King Arthur of Camelot has fought several wars which has led to peace and justice for his land, he is turning his attention to thoughts of marriage, his chosen one being Lady Guinevere, who has become head of neighboring Leonesse following the death of her father. Peace and justice for Arthur and Guinevere are short lived as Prince Malagant, one of the knights of the round table, wants Camelot for himself and King Arthur deposed. Many in the land follow Malagant, whose quest also involves marauding Leonesse. As the King's betrothed, Guinevere becomes Malagant's target in achieving both of his goals. Meanwhile, Lancelot is a free-living peasant who often makes his way through life by demonstrations of his sword fighting prowess. His skill is largely due to his ability to assess his opponents, and not fear dying. On Malagant's first attempt at abducting Guinevere, Lancelot, by happenstance, is there to save her. He falls in love with her at first sight. Although attracted to the ... Written by Huggo

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Their greatest battle would be for her love. See more »


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

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Trivia

In a making-of featurette, when Richard Gere prepares to rescue Guinevere for the first time, Gere stated that this would be his last action role. See more »

Goofs

The small crossbows, also known as "pistol" crossbows, didn't exist in the early 6th century. See more »

Quotes

King Arthur: This is the heart of Camelot, not these stones, not these timbers, these palaces and towers. Burn them all and Camelot lives on, because it lives in us. Camelot is a belief that we hold in our hearts.
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A pleasant fairytale and action movie
22 August 2001 | by kmoss55See all my reviews

This film deserves recognition for what it is : a good interpretation of part of a legend, with an excellent casting.

Who else but Sean Connery as an ageing and dignified King Arthur ?

Julia Ormond is a convincing and stunning princess with her graceful, touching beauty; her looks are also refreshing and different from all the ever-present boring blondes who get a part in anything because of their hair colour.

As for Richard Gere he is as handsome, charming and fearless as Camelot would be.

This film is not for historians or purists nor does it claim to have a documentary value. It has a sense of magic and the pace is well alternated between romance and action. The emotion and intensity are present thanks to the actors and the music, appropriate to all the scenes in the movie. That is what matters.

Who cares about details such as a castle looking a bit dodgy, blue clothes (we have seen much worse and tackier in cinema history) or the odd line or fact. Never mind that. Just relax and escape : it is only entertainment at the end of the day, not a time for History or Legend Reconstruction. You are better off going to a course or reading a book, do not rely on films to educate you all the time.

Why comparing films ? Let's just say there are different approaches to a subject, that is what makes the interest. Enjoy !


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

First Knight See more »

Filming Locations:

Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,856,442, 9 July 1995

Gross USA:

$37,600,435

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,600,435
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SDDS | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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