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Before Romeo & Juliet, there was...Tristan & Isolde.|"Before Romeo & Juliet, There Was..."
|From executive producer Ridley Scott (Gladiator a sweeping, action-packed saga of epic battles, political intrigue and forbidden passion, set in a time when the lines between heroism and savagery were etched in fire and carved out with broadswords. After the fall of Rome, visionary warlord Marke (Rufus Sewell) seeks to unite the squabbling English tribes to form one strong nation and defeat the brutal Irish king Donnchadh. But when Lord Marke's greatest and most loyal knight, Tristan (James Franco), falls in love with Isolde (Sophia Myles), a beautiful Irish woman, it threatens to destroy the fragile truce and ignite a war. In the spirit of Braveheart and A Knight's Tale, Tristan + Isolde is a rousing tale of trust and treachery that will leave you breathless!|
"There's something beautiful about a well-made tragic love story... James Berardinelli's ReelViews
"Great action, terrific performances! Access Hollywood
"Director Kevin Reynolds strikes a good balance between action and romance in this version of the medieval legend... Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"James Franco is a gorgeous, smoldering lover in Tristan & Isolde... Claudia Puig, USA Today
"...good casting, an able director, and notable cinematography draw you in to the fairy tale feeling of long ago and far away. Jessica Letkemann, Premiere
Editor's NoteDirector Kevin Reynolds (WATERWORLD) delivers a memorable, good-looking version of the enduring Celtic legend, which has remained a quintessential love story throughout centuries of retelling. Ridley Scott makes his presence felt as executive producer, with the story unfolding on an epic scale set in medieval England. The English live under the iron rule of the Irish, and the young Tristan's parents are working to unite the tribes of England against their oppressors. When they are murdered by Irish infiltrators, Tristan is rescued by Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell, HELEN OF TROY), in whose kingdom he is raised as a son. Tristan (James Franco, SPIDER-MAN 2) grows up to be a valiant warrior and noble knight, and when he is felled in battle he is given a king's memorial, sent to sea in a boat that washes up on Irish shores. There, Tristan is revived and healed in secret by the beautiful Princess, Isolde (Sophia Myles), who at the insistence of her handmaiden doesn't tell Tristan her real name. The two beautiful young people inevitably fall in love, but their passion is cut short when Tristan is forced to flee home to England.Tristan eventually returns to Ireland to compete on Marke's behalf in a tournament for the Princess's hand in marriage, and only when he wins does he realize his error when he learns the Princess's true identity. Thus Isolde returns as Marke's bride, and, unable to deny their passion, the lovers take up a treacherous affair behind Marke's back. As Marke's enemies begin to suspect, they devise a plan to use Tristan's betrayal to break up the tenuous alliance between the English tribes.
Cast & Crew
|Anne Dudley - Original Music By|
|Artur Reinhart - Cinematographer|
|Dean Georgaris - Writer|
|Frank Hubner - Executive Producer|
|Kevin Reynolds - Director|
|Lisa Ellzey - Producer|
|Mark Geraghty - Production Designer|
|Peter Boyle - Editor|