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Excalibur (1981)

Director: John Boorman     Starring: Nigel Terry Helen Mirren
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40119017
UPC: 085392201822
UPC 14: 00085392201822
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Forged by a God. Fortold by a wizard. Found by a man.
This dazzling, action-packed retelling of the legend of camelot features spellbinding cinematography and stellar performances.

"Eccentric but spellbinding...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's Note
Director John Boorman's passionate adaptation of Sir Thomas Malory's LE MORTE D'ARTHUR stars Nigel Terry as the faithful King Arthur. Necromancer Merlin (Nicol Williamson) offers the magic sword Excalibur to the warlike Uther Pendragon (Gabriel Byrne) in exchange for a promise that he'll make peace with his enemy, the duke of Cornwall (Corin Redgrave). He agrees but breaks his word after catching sight of Cornwall's wife, Igraine (Katrine Boorman). With the magician's help he makes love to the woman in the guise of her husband. She bears a child, Arthur, who is taken by Merlin as payment for his assistance and left in the care of Ector (Clive Swift). Years pass, and the boy, now a humble squire, pulls Excalibur from the stone in which Uther had sunk it--a task no other could accomplish. With Merlin's counsel, he marries the stunning Guenevere (Cherie Lunghi), finds a champion in Sir Lancelot (Nicholas Clay), subdues the skirmishing knights, and builds the Round Table to unite them. Yet his half-sister, Morgana (Helen Mirren), lurks in the shadows, preparing to poison her brother's reign. Perhaps the best film made in this genre, EXCALIBUR benefits from an extraordinary cast, including appearances by Byrne, Patrick Stewart, and Liam Neeson early in their celluloid careers. Counterpointing ethereally filtered sex scenes against scenes of graphic blood-and-guts swordplay, Boorman's sumptuous production galvanizes the familiar mythology, as he charts the transition from an age of magic to one of reason.


Video Features DVD, Dual Layer, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled, Trailers, Interactive

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/28/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 140 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1981
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 22018
Video UPC UPC: 00085392201822
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gabriel Byrne
Video Cast Info Helen Mirren
Video Cast Info Cherie Lunghi
Video Cast Info Liam Neeson
Video Cast Info Nicholas Clay
Video Cast Info Nicol Williamson
Video Cast Info Nigel Terry
Video Cast Info Patrick Stewart
Video Cast Info Paul Geoffrey
Video Cast Info Thomas Malory - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info Bob Ringwood - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info John Boorman - Director
Video Cast Info Alex Thomson - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Donn Cambern - Editor
Video Cast Info Robert A. Einstein - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Edgar F. Cross - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Richard Wagner - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Carl Orff - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Trevor Jones - Musical Score
Video Cast Info John Boorman - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Dryhurst - Producer
Video Cast Info Anthony Pratt - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Rospo Pallenberg - Screenplay
Video Cast Info John Boorman - Screenplay
Plot Summary
John Boorman brings the timeless legend of King Arthur to the screen in visually elaborate style. An epic tale steeped in magic, EXCALIBUR chronicles the life of Arthur beginning with his birth and ending with his climactic battle with his illegitimate son, the evil Mordred.


Oscar (1982)
   Video Award Name Alex Thompson, Nominee, Best Cinematography

British Academy Awards (1982)
   Video Award Name Bob Ringwood, Nominee, Best Costume Design

Cannes Film Festival (1981)
Video Award Name John Boorman, Winner, Best Artistic Contribution

Memorable Quotes

"You must remember, there's always something cleverer than yourself."----Merlin (Nicol Williamson) to Arthur (Nigel Terry)

"It's a lonely way, you know, the way of the necromancer."----Merlin to Morgana (Helen Mirren)

"For it is the doom of men that they forget!"----Merlin

Professional Reviews

"...EXCALIBUR is exquisite, a near-perfect blend of action, romance, fantasy and philosophy....Finely acted and beautifully filmed..." 04/08/1981

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 8 of 10
Eccentric but spellbinding, sexually aware rendition of the King Arthur legend by a stylish filmmaker working at the peak of his powers.

Find-A-Video 9 of 10
...A lavish production, aswirl with sensuous colors and breathtaking imagery... a brilliant illumination of why these tales have survived so vividly in our imaginations.

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Williamson,Nicol
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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