Excalibur

Directed By: John Boorman Starring: Nigel Terry Helen Mirren

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This classic retelling of the story takes away and 'happily ever after' ending and replaces it with a realism of how the story was originally told. Merlin steals the show as an aloof but vital character in the movie. Unfortunately, the rest of the characters were never fully developed. Still, a good movie that has a big cult following.

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I have seen probably close to 5000 movies. And my favorite one of King Arthur to date is Excalibur. The story grabbed me from the start. I think the portrail of white knight is one of the best screen scripts I have seen. I was impressed as to how they por

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Gloomy but good

by mshalh@aol.com on 9/19/1999

This classic retelling of the story takes away and 'happily ever after' ending and replaces it with a realism of how the story was originally told. Merlin steals the show as an aloof but vital character in the movie. Unfortunately, the rest of the characters were never fully developed. Still, a good movie that has a big cult following. Read More

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Excalibur Story of King Arthur Best Version Made

by wizard2712@aol.com on 9/25/1999

I have seen probably close to 5000 movies. And my favorite one of King Arthur to date is Excalibur. The story grabbed me from the start. I think the portrail of white knight is one of the best screen scripts I have seen. I was impressed as to how they por Read More

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Product Overview

This dazzling, action-packed retelling of the legend of camelot features spellbinding cinematography and stellar performances.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 40119017
UPC 085392201822
UPC 14 00085392201822
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Big Battles
Classic Fight Scenes
Essential Cinema
Fantasy
Infidelity
Medieval
Mythology
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Witches And Wizards
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You must remember, there's always something cleverer than yourself."--Merlin (Nicol Williamson) to Arthur (Nigel Terry)
Quote "It's a lonely way, you know, the way of the necromancer."--Merlin to Morgana (Helen Mirren)
Quote "For it is the doom of men that they forget!"--Merlin
Reviews
Variety "...EXCALIBUR is exquisite, a near-perfect blend of action, romance, fantasy and philosophy....Finely acted and beautifully filmed..." 04/08/1981
Directors
John Boorman
Actors
Nigel Terry
Helen Mirren
Cast & Crew
Gabriel Byrne - Actor
Helen Mirren - Actor
Cherie Lunghi - Actor
Liam Neeson - Actor
Nicholas Clay - Actor
Nicol Williamson - Actor
Nigel Terry - Actor
Patrick Stewart - Actor
Paul Geoffrey - Actor
Thomas Malory - Based on Novel By
Bob Ringwood - Costume Designer
John Boorman - Director
Alex Thomson - Director of Photography
Donn Cambern - Editor
Robert A. Einstein - Executive Producer
Edgar F. Cross - Executive Producer
Richard Wagner - Musical Score
Carl Orff - Musical Score
Trevor Jones - Musical Score
John Boorman - Producer
Michael Dryhurst - Producer
Anthony Pratt - Production Designer
Rospo Pallenberg - Screenplay
John Boorman - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1981
Catalog ID 22018
UPC 00085392201822
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 140 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Awards
Oscar (1982) Alex Thompson, Nominee, Best Cinematography
British Academy Awards (1982) Bob Ringwood, Nominee, Best Costume Design
Cannes Film Festival (1981) John Boorman, Winner, Best Artistic Contribution
Reviews
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Eccentric but spellbinding, sexually aware rendition of the King Arthur legend by a stylish filmmaker working at the peak of his powers.
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ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Find-A-Video
Review ...A lavish production, aswirl with sensuous colors and breathtaking imagery... a brilliant illumination of why these tales have survived so vividly in our imaginations.
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ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Dual Layer, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled, Trailers, Interactive
Product Attributes
Actor Williamson,Nicol
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Eccentric but spellbinding...
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