First Knight

Directed By: Jerry Zucker Starring: Sean Connery

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Good acting on a subpar plot

on 9/14/1999

Having read the Arthur chronicles and a big fan of Medieval literature, I'm surprised that Hollywood could botch such a great story, choosing instead to attract movie fans with such names as Connery and Gere. Still, with great cinematography and strong cast First Knight makes a more enjoyable action flick than a thematic medieval epic.

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Well worth it

by Frank on 12/3/1999

This is a great movie. I have seen it being used in several audio video stores for demonstration purposes because the cinematography is so brillant. Don't miss this one.

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Their greatest battle would be for her love. Richard gere, sean connery and julia ormond play the legendary roles of sir lancelot, king arthur and queen guinevere in the re-telling of the story of camelot. The glory and romance of king arthur's legend and the undying passions that camelot live forever.


Studio Sony
SKU 40000265
UPC 043396711792
UPC 14 00043396711792
Format DVD
Release Date 1/3/2012
Rating Rating
Love Triangle
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Lancelot (Richard Gere) is a rogue with no ties, no enemies, and no fear- until he meets Lady Guinevere of Leonesse (Julia Ormond). She has promised to marry King Arthur (Sean Connery), not only because his armies can protect her country, but because she truly loves him. But her chance encounter with Lancelot as she prepared to enter Camelot stirs conflicting and powerful emotions within her. Arthur welcomes both into his city with open heart, little foreseeing how his great capacity for love and trust opens the doors for his own betrayal.
Plot Summary
Summary On the way to meet King Arthur, her future husband and ally, Lady Guenevere and her retinue are attacked by Arthur's mortal enemy, the malicious Malagant. Prince Malagant wants possession of Guinevere's land, which lies between Arthur's kingdom and his own. However, the daring Lancelot intercedes and foils the attack. In return, this roaming-sword-for-hire asks for a kiss from the lovely Lady -- a request that Guinevere coldly refuses.| They meet again when Lancelot turns up at one of Camelot's public tournaments, and proves to Arthur that he deserves to become the King's first knight. So when Malagant strikes again, kidnapping Queen Guinevere, Lancelot once more serves as her rescuer. But now, Guinevere's reaction is no longer chilly -- and the two proceed to fall in love, betraying Arthur's trust and friendship.
Rolling Stone "...Gere is persuasively ardent and athletic....Connery is every inch the noble king..." 08/10/1995 p.64
USA Today "...Knight is a medieval festival for the eye and ear, with rich blue hues and stirring fanfares..." 07/07/1995 p.1D
Entertainment Weekly "...Zucker gives the Camelot legend a makeover....A true adult fairy tale..." 07/14/1995 pp.34-5
Variety "...An agreeably intelligent, mature and well-mounted telling of the legendary King Arthur story. Admirably acted by Sean Connery and Julia Ormond..." 06/26/1995
Los Angeles Times "...[Ormond] is appropriately fetching and feisty....FIRST KNIGHT's large-scale action set pieces are capably done..." 07/07/1995 p.F1
Jerry Zucker
Sean Connery
Cast & Crew
Ben Cross - Actor
Christopher Villiers - Actor
John Gielgud - Actor
Julia Ormond - Actor
Liam Cunningham - Actor
Richard Gere - Actor
Sean Connery - Actor
Jerry Zucker - Director
Adam Greenberg - Director of Photography
Jerry Goldsmith - Musical Score
Hunt Lowry - Producer
Jerry Zucker - Producer
William Nicholson - Writer
David Hoselton - Writer
Lorne Cameron - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 71179
UPC 00043396711792
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 133 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Korean, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
ReviewSource Boxoffice Magazine
Review First Knight is a stirring, passionate rendering of the tale of King Arthur, Lady Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, the Knights of the Round Table and the one brief shining moment of the legendary city called Camelot. Sean Connery is no less than excellent as Arthur, commanding, wise and benevolent, a leader to the end, with a sense of humor to boot.
Reviewer Christine James
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review As Arthur, of course, Sean Connery is irresistible. Connery is the perfect Arthur/Richard the Lion-Hearted/Robin Hood because he manages to convey that these heroes recognize their idealism as a form of boyishness, and he invests them with a bit of self-deprecation and a trace of stubbornness.
Reviewer Eve Zibart
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled, French, Dubbed, Korean, Subtitled, Keep Case
Product Attributes
Actor Connery,Sean
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Sean Connery makes a splendid King Arthur.
Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today ...a medieval festival for the eye and ear...
Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle A handsome, entertaining twist on the King Arthur legend.
Jeanne Wolf, Jeanne Wolf's Hollywood A magnificent epic full of spectacular battles, blazing passion and gran performances.
Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner ...all the elements of a crowd-pleaser.

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