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Classic tale of King Arthur and how his wife is kidnapped by his evil sister. Lancelot is sent out to try and retrieve the lost queen and unfortunately falls in love with her. Forbidden ... See full summary »

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Clive Donner

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David Wyles, John Smith (narration)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... King Arthur
Candice Bergen ... Morgan Le Fay
Edward Woodward ... Merlin
Dyan Cannon ... Katherine
Joseph Blatchley ... Mordred
Rupert Everett ... Lancelot
Rosalyn Landor ... Guinevere
Liam Neeson ... Grak
Patrick Ryecart ... Gawain
Philip Sayer Philip Sayer ... Agravain
Ann Thornton Ann Thornton ... Lady Ragnell
Lucy Gutteridge ... Niniane
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... King Pellinore
John Quarmby ... Sir Kai
Michael Gough ... Archbishop
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Classic tale of King Arthur and how his wife is kidnapped by his evil sister. Lancelot is sent out to try and retrieve the lost queen and unfortunately falls in love with her. Forbidden love, revenge, family rivalry, and magic are all prominent themes. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Country:

USA | Yugoslavia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merlin & the Sword See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Barry Stokes, Garry Sundquist , Richard Heffer and Lambert Wilson were all possibles for Lancelot. See more »

Quotes

Morgan Le Fay: And it is this manliness which will be his undoing. Manliness is a complex mixture: stupidity, courage and persistence. A potion I've not been able to find for you.
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Alternate Versions

In the original television version, Lancelot and the scene with the dragon are completely omitted, as well as Merlin astral projecting himself in the conclusion, as it was used earlier in the movie. The funeral of King Arthur was also omitted. The TV airing was shown in two parts, with additionally footage not shown in the subsequent video release. See more »

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Version of Camelot (1967) See more »

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This is the second review of this movie
22 November 2004 | by merri488See all my reviews

Yes, I've watched it again in 2004 and it did not age well. I was mostly looking for the Gawain/Lady Ragnell story line which I 'remembered' as being wonderful. It's probably the only redeeming part of this movie aside from Edward Woodward's performance. The basic plot has an American tourist (Dyan Cannon) visiting Stonehedge, falling into a hole and suddenly being in the presence of Merlin (Woodward) and Ninnian.

As Merlin and Ninnian explain how they come to be trapped under Stonehenge we see flashbacks of Arthur (Malcom McDowell) and Guinevere along with Lancelot (Rupert Everett looking VERY young). Candice Bergen is there as Morgan Lefaye in a wig that is NOT to be believed. Mostly it's an abysmal job. The fight scenes between the knights are poorly edited. Seeing Liam Neeson as 'Grak' is almost worth the cost of microwave popcorn tho.

Patrick Ryecart's story line subplot at Gawain was edited with a hacksaw in this movie. I do not remember it being so back in 1985 when I originally watched it on television. What butchery! If you want a laugh at nonexistent special effects then this is your movie. I bought it for 99cents on ebay and while it satisfied my curiosity...boy is it a stinker!


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