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Behind the Sword in the Stone (2013)

A documentary about the making of John Boorman's epic film 'Excalibur'.


Alec Moore, Mark Wright


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Credited cast:
Charley Boorman ... Self
John Boorman ... Self
Katrine Boorman ... Self
Gabriel Byrne ... Self
Terry English Terry English ... Self
Paul Geoffrey Paul Geoffrey ... Self
Neil Jordan ... Self
Cherie Lunghi ... Self
Helen Mirren ... Self
Liam Neeson ... Self
Patrick Stewart ... Self
Clive Swift ... Self
Nigel Terry ... Self


A documentary about the making of John Boorman's epic film 'Excalibur'.

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A documentary for Excalibur fans that was worth the long wait
24 August 2020 | by auteurusSee all my reviews

Excalibur made an unforgettable impression on me in 1981 and it stands as one of the finest interpretations of the Arthurian legends with it's unique melding of ancient legend and Wagner's music. The movie still holds up despite never having received the luxury of a re-scan or a special edition and remains a classic 80's film.

This documentary was in the works for many years and finally got a release in the US this year via PBS under the alternate title 'Excalibur: Behind the Movie'. It's worth a watch for many reasons - they got director John Boorman himself, all of the surviving lead actors and a couple that have left us since they were interviewed. Of course Neeson, Byrne and Mirren went on to become major stars, and it's a testament to Boorman's eye for talent. Overall the documentary is a good effort, their passion for the films shows through and they have the humility typical of British stars.

I would happily pay for a 4k directors edition of Excalibur, it's puzzling to me that the studios have left this classic property linger on a substandard Bluray.

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20 December 2013 (Ireland) See more »

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