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Together, Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall, Sabrina), and Jerry Zucker, the director of Ghost, bring you a new vision of King Arthur's Camelot. A vision of breathtaking battles, of heart-pounding courage, of the undeniable love that brought an entire kingdom to its knees...and of the undying passion that made it live forever.


Studio Sony
SKU 206894645
UPC 043396252875
UPC 14 00043396252875
Format DVD
Release Date 1/17/2012
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Connery,Sean
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Cast & Crew
Adam Greenberg - Cinematographer
Ben Cross - Actor
Christopher Villiers - Actor
Eric Rattray - Executive Producer
Giles Masters - Art Director
Jerry Goldsmith - Original Music By
Jerry Zucker - Producer
Jerry Zucker - Director
John Box - Production Designer
John Gielgud - Actor
Julia Ormond - Actor
Liam Cunningham - Actor
Lorne Cameron, et. al. - Based On Story By
Richard Gere - Actor
Sean Connery - Actor
Stephen Scott - Art Director
Valentine Pelka - Actor
Walter Murch - Editor
William Nicholson - Screenplay
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review First Knight is Jerry Zucker's re-invention of a segment of the Arthurian legend ("re- interpretation" would be too light a word to describe the wholesale changes made to the Vulgate Cycle). What we get here, however, is often unintentionally closer to Monty Python and the Holy Grail's silliness than to Excalibur's melodramatic grandeur. Bad acting, dumb dialogue, and confusing cinematography abound, creating one of the most shoddy Camelot stories to date...Sean Connery is perfect for the King Arthur role. Too bad he isn't given more to do than stand around looking regal. In fact, the film is about one-quarter over before he makes his first appearance. Julia Ormond, who was so impressive in Legends of the Fall, is underwhelming here, constantly wringing her hands over the dilemma of who she loves most. Then there's Richard Gere, terribly miscast as Lancelot. In fact, it's hard to imagine a less likely figure in the part of this legendary hero, uttering such pretentious lines as "I never believed in anything before, but now I believe in Camelot." At least he spares us an attempt at a bogus British accent.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review First Knight is an entertaining spin on the story of Guinevere and Lancelot. If you enjoy these types of fantastical period pieces, then you may enjoy this movie...The story of King Arthur and Lancelot has been told and retold for generations. However, Columbia has come up with a new twist on the story that provided a nice vehicle for Richard Gere to show his stuff in an action-type role...The performances carry this movie. Julia Ormond, in particular, does a wonderful job as Guinevere. She effortlessly portrays a woman torn between two men, both of whom she loves in different ways. Connery does as good a job of portraying a legendary hero as one could expect or ask, and in many ways exceeds those lofty expectations. Gere acquits himself to some degree, but is not quite as good as the cast around him. Another bright spot is the portrayal of the evil Malagant by Ben Cross. While I have seen his work before, and enjoyed it, he probably would not have been my choice in this role. But, he proved my instincts to be way off base...A refreshing take on the Arthurian legend of Guinevere and Lancelot, First Knight takes on the job with style and beautiful cinematography.
Reviewer Sean McGinnis
ReviewRating 8
Special Edition, DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Connery,Sean
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner ...all the elements of a crowd-pleaser.
Christine James, Box Office Magazine ...a stirring, passionate rendering of the tale of King Arthur...Connery is no less than excellent...
Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle A handsome, entertaining twist on the King Arthur legend.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice Spectacular entertainment with a king-sized serving of romance and ritual.
Jeanne Wolf, Jeanne Wolf's Hollywood A magnificent epic full of spectacular battles, blazing passion, and grand performances.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Sean Connery makes a splendid King Arthur.
Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today ...a medieval festival for the eye and ear...
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