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Prince Valiant (1997)

In a time now lost in the mists of memory, the great King Arthur rules in the legendary citadel that is Camelot. His Knights of the Round Table commit acts of derring-do and spend their ... See full summary »

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Anthony Hickox

Writers:

Hal Foster (comic strip) (as Harold R. Foster), Michael Frost Beckner (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Moyer ... Prince Valiant
Katherine Heigl ... Princess Ilene
Thomas Kretschmann ... Thagnar
Edward Fox ... King Arthur
Udo Kier ... Sligon
Joanna Lumley ... Morgan Le Fey
Ron Perlman ... Boltar
Warwick Davis ... Pechet
Gavan O'Herlihy ... King Thane
Ben Pullen ... Prince Arn
Walter Gotell ... Erik the Old
Anthony Hickox ... Prince Gawain
Zach Galligan ... Sir Kay
Hamish Campbell-Robertson Hamish Campbell-Robertson ... Sir Ector
Marcus Schenkenberg ... Tiny
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In a time now lost in the mists of memory, the great King Arthur rules in the legendary citadel that is Camelot. His Knights of the Round Table commit acts of derring-do and spend their spare time jousting, much to the delight of the local citizens and especially to Princess Ilene, a guest at Camelot. Watching her from afar is a young, inexperienced squire called Valiant, and when the young Welsh princess is sent home to marry Prince Arn, Valiant contrives to accompany her masquerading as Sir Gawain. Meanwhile, the evil sorceress Morgan le Fey, sister to King Arthur, has convinced the tyrannical Sligon, ruler of the Viking kingdom of Thule, that he should steal Arthur's sword, the powerful and magical Excalibur, knowing that its loss could bring about Arthur's downfall. So into the fray comes Sligon's unstable and psychotic brother Thagnar, who manages to steal the sword. Pandemonium reigns. But Valiant is having problems of his own - kidnappers attempt to steal away the Princess, and... Written by Helen Chavez

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He who holds the sword, rules the world.


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Rated PG-13 for medieval action violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1997 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El príncipe Valiente See more »

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Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The movie was re-cut by the German producers, while the director was away on Christmas vacation. They wouldn't fly him back to Germany to finish the film. Four key scenes setting up its humorous tone and all religious aspects were removed. See more »

Goofs

When the "Vikings" were in the Round Room, about to steal Excalibur, the Round Table knight that came in to confront the raiders said, "Which of you Vikings wants the first dance?" despite of the fact that all of them were clad in Scottish tartan. See more »

Quotes

Prince Valiant: He told them I was valiant, and that became my name.
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What We Are Waiting For
Performed by Alannah Myles and Zucchero
Written by Phil Roy, Simon Wilson, Siobhan Maher
Published by Sony Tunes Inc./Philster Music ASCAP,
Bugle Songs Ltd. PRS, BMG Music Publishing PRS
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Worst special effects and stunts of the late 1990s?
24 January 2003 | by Gordon MichaelsSee all my reviews

Beautiful sets, great costumes and makeup.

Run of the mill script. Mediocre acting.

Bad special effects and stunts,and bad film-editing.

The special effects were truly terrible. Just stop-the-movie awful. Alligators that don't move and clearly are not alive. One alligator, clad in plate mail (huh?), shoots vertically out of the water into the air and descends down onto the stonework beside the water, where it doesn't move -while characters run about, pretending to be fearful of the clearly-lifeless, unmoving armor-clad alligator.

And lots of characters swinging Tarzan-like on ropes, slamming feet first into the villains. Except the actors are clearly hanging on ropes being moved by an overhead crane. And the ropes move slowly, as if there was great concern on the set about hurting the actors. In these scenes the villain conveniently stands in one spot until the slow-swinging good guy finally collides with him. This isn't a one-time screw-up; the slow-swinging Tarzan-bit happens over and over again.

The film editing is bad enough that it makes it hard to follow the story at spots. And the stunts and special effects kept blowing up the suspension of disbelief.

There is plenty of no-brainer action, though, and high production values on the sets and costumes. This could have been fun if it was better made.


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