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King Arthur (2004)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  7 July 2004 (USA)
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A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

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Based on a more realistic portrayal of "Arthur" than has ever been presented onscreen. The film will focus on the history and politics of the period during which Arthur ruled -- when the Roman empire collapsed and skirmishes over power broke out in outlying countries -- as opposed to the mystical elements of the tale on which past Arthur films have focused. Written by Scott Summerton

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Rated R for sequences of strong war violence | See all certifications »

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7 July 2004 (USA)  »

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King Arthur: Director's Cut  »

Box Office

Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,829,788 (Italy) (1 October 2004)

Gross:

$3,165,602 (Brazil) (5 November 2004)
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The film was originally envisioned and shot as an R-rated film with corresponding graphic violence. However, after the picture had been edited, Disney executives demanded it be changed to a PG-13, hence necessitating a lot of effects work to remove the blood from the battle scenes. Director Antoine Fuqua and producer Jerry Bruckheimer were not at all pleased with this decision and fought against it, but were ultimately overruled. They were both disappointed with the theatrical release and later released a much more violent Director's Cut on DVD. However, according to Fuqua's commentary track, even the Director's Cut version is considerably less violent than his ideal version. Ironically, when the film was released, one of the biggest criticisms was that the battles were mysteriously bloodless, hence undermining any sense of realism. See more »

Goofs

As the knights prepare to head north to rescue the Romans from the estate north of the wall, there are several shots of the gate north being opened. The scene makes it clear that the gate is almost never opened or hasn't been opened in a long time. The bar has to be hammered free and is covered in dust, the hinges are rusted, daft horses are needed to open them, etc. If there are villas north of the wall (there weren't), why is the gate so seldom used. See more »

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Lancelot: [voiceover] By 300 AD, the Roman Empire extended from Arabia to Britain. But they wanted more. More land. More peoples loyal and subservient to Rome. But no people so important as the powerful Sarmatians to the east. Thousands died on that field. And when the smoke cleared on the fourth day, the only Sarmatian soldiers left alive were members of the decimated but legendary cavalry. The Romans, impressed by their bravery and horsemanship, spared their lives. In exchange, these ...
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Some explanation of how bad it really was ...
2 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A movie without any redeeming historical value other than living in the 5th century C.E. involved a lot of dirt! I do admit I only scanned about 15 percent of the 812 comments available, but feel that this represents a pretty good cross-section of the reviewers.

Some things others may have missed.

1. The unhistorical armor - obviously inspired by the "visual consultant" to Mr. Fuqua, Chris Achilleos whose fantasy art I adore, but ax blades of the forehead of horse barding? Pity the horse who uses it and brains himself.

2. Saxons marching in step on ice - either they are organized enough to march in step and know not to do it on ice or they are like the real Saxons and would not have ventured onto the too-thin ice in the first place. Either way this battle cannot happen, especially on a lake no Brit seems to know about.

3. Bors must be the richest Sarmatian ever as he tows around a wagon with what appears to be every hand powered weapon available on earth at the time, true riches to the warriors of the time. (Not to mention he supports 10+ children somehow)

4. Who is Dagonet? Never heard of him. Wikipedia lists him as King Arthur's jester and the guy in the movie is not funny.

5. Guinivere pulling a strong re-curve bow only a couple days after getting her dislocated (if not broken) fingers reset by Arthur? Ever dislocated (or even sprained) a finger? Takes a lot more than two days to get the function and flexibility back.

The rest of the mistakes are in other posts. The one rating puts this below "Plan 9 from Outer Space" which is so bad as to be actually funny which "King Arthur" definitely is not.

Those who 'loved' this movie must have seen some other movie or are using standards vastly different from mine.


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