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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.

Director:

Kevin Reynolds

Writer:

Dean Georgaris

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Cast

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)
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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. Written by Brian@filmschoolrejects.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When Fate Betrays Your Heart...Destiny Leaves You No Choice...LOVE CONQUERS ALL See more »

Genres:

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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USA | UK | Germany | Czech Republic

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tristan and Isolde See more »

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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Every Irish king had lots of Irish rivals. None of them had the sort of unchallenged power that Donnchadh is shown as having. Britain in the 5th century was also very split, part-conquered by Anglo-Saxon settlers but anyone might be fighting anyone else. See more »

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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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Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #35.13 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Plainsong
Written by Brian Gulland
Performed by Brian Gulland
Courtesy of K Musik/Kpm Music
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A beautiful, exciting, and heart wrenching tale of impossible love
14 January 2006 | by nats_always_writeSee all my reviews

Beautiful, full of emotion and moving. The characters are portrayed skillfully and are generally believable - they fit into the legend but aren't overly heroic. Not overdone. The love between Tristan and Isolde is so powerful that it's impossible not to feel for them, but it is also impossible not to feel bad for the King, who is deeply in love with Isolde as well. The film's main departure from the traditional story is it's decision to leave out the love potion between T+I, which for modern audiences is a smart choice; it makes the whole relationship appear more 'authentic.' This is also one of Rufus Sewell's only' sympathetic roles, and it's a treat to see him play someone we don't automatically hate. The real heart-wrencher comes from watching the love grow between T+I while their obstacles grow larger. The movie also had some great battle scenes, just violent enough without going for the gross-out factor, convincing but not painful to watch (for most). And like most good dramatic movies it's not completely without humor, there are definitely some moments that make you laugh, or at least smile. Overall, it is one of the best romantic historical movies I have seen in a very long time. This movie is sure to make the entire female population fall in love with James Franco, and it's story is unforgettable.


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