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Tristan + Isolde (2006)

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An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers.


Kevin Reynolds


Dean Georgaris





Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Tristan
Sophia Myles ... Isolde
Rufus Sewell ... Marke
David O'Hara ... Donnchadh (as David Patrick O'Hara)
Mark Strong ... Wictred
Henry Cavill ... Melot
Bronagh Gallagher ... Bragnae
Ronan Vibert ... Bodkin
Lucy Russell ... Edyth
JB Blanc ... Leon
Graham Mullins Graham Mullins ... Morholt
Leo Gregory ... Simon
Dexter Fletcher ... Orick
Richard Dillane ... Aragon
Hans Martin Stier Hans Martin Stier ... Kurseval (as Hans Martin-Stier)


An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers. Written by Brian@filmschoolrejects.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Marriage can't stop love... See more »


Action | Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tristan and Isolde See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,612,008, 15 January 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,732,623, 26 March 2006
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally Ridley Scott was going to direct the film in the late-'70s, right after his debut film The Duellists (1977). He put the film aside to direct Alien (1979). See more »


Throughout the entire movie, the term "English" and "England" are used many times. At this point in history, the Angles (Angle-ish, Angle-Land) were just starting to make their way throughout the land and claiming some territory for themselves. During that time, Tristan, Marke and their families would have been called "Britons" or "British" or they could possibly be referred to as "Cornish" since the Britons of that time would rarely identify themselves as one people but rather many factions, and many individual little countries rather than one united. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: Britain. The Dark Ages. / The Roman Empire has fallen / The land lies in ruins, divided among feuding tribes. / To the west, Ireland has flourished - untouched by the Romans, protected by the sea. / Led by their powerful and righteous king, the Irish have subdued the Britons... / Knowing that if Ireland is to prosper, the tribes must never be allowed to unite.
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Version of Tristan and Isolde (1981) See more »


We Belong Together
Written by Gavin DeGraw
Performed by Gavin DeGraw
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A great love story competently told.
14 July 2010 | by timothy-tannerSee all my reviews

I hadn't read or seen any version of the tale before, though I knew it was one of the great British romances. It was a film that didn't quite fulfil it's potential, whose parts were better then the conclusion. That isn't to say it wasn't a nice film, it was a competent romance with some sad moments, some great lines and moments of sweetness, finished by a very sad and well done ending. The productions values were good, it's script was good and has some wonderful lines, indeed the sweet caresses were made so much sweeter by the words between Isolde and Tristan. The best bit was the acting, there were a lot of good actors in it who filled their parts well, Mark Strong as Lord Wictred, Henry Cavill as Melot, Bronagh Gallagher as the maid Bragnae. to a lesser extent David O'Hara as the Irish King (great voice, not always the best facial expressions) among others.

Two stars for me: Rufus Sewell and Sophia Myles. Wasn't surprised by Sewell's performance, been a huge fan of his for awhile. As Lord Marke of Cornwall, he gave a portrayal that made me feel for the man and made me believe that he was a real person, barely put a foot wrong. Myles was more of a surprise, but she excelled herself here as Isolde. She looked exactly the right age, acted the right age and like Sewell, made me feel the emotions of her character, it was easy to see why some of the characters loved Isolde.

The flaws? The big one is Tristan, played by James Franco. When making an epic love story, the lovers need to have a spark and need to be performed brilliantly. Myles did her part but Franco was erratic, he had his moments were he delivered his lines well or made the right face, indeed he was good at the end but most of it? A blank expressionless face and spent part of it speculating that Sewell or Cavill could have done a better job as the hero. I would also say the middle part dragged on a bit too long and I found myself losing sympathy for Isolde, a shorter film might have made things better. In the end it was competent but felt rather flat.

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