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First Knight (1995)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 7 July 1995 (USA)
Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile, a violent warlord tries to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Director:

Jerry Zucker

Writers:

Lorne Cameron (story), David Hoselton (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... King Arthur
Richard Gere ... Lancelot
Julia Ormond ... Guinevere
Ben Cross ... Prince Malagant
Liam Cunningham ... Agravaine
Christopher Villiers ... Sir Kay
Valentine Pelka Valentine Pelka ... Sir Patrise
Colin McCormack Colin McCormack ... Sir Mador
Ralph Ineson ... Ralf
John Gielgud ... Oswald
Stuart Bunce ... Peter, King's Stableman
Jane Robbins Jane Robbins ... Elise
Jean Marie Coffey Jean Marie Coffey ... Petronella
Paul Kynman ... Mark
Tom Lucy Tom Lucy ... Sir Sagramore
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Storyline

Lancelot lives by the sword. In fact, they're next door neighbors, so teaming up to fight for money comes pretty naturally. Lady Guinevere, on her way to marry King Arthur is ambushed by the evil Sir Malagant. Fortunately, Lancelot is lurking nearby and he rescues his future Queen. They fall in love, but Guinevere still fancies the idea of wearing a crown, so she honors her promise to Arthur. Written by Tim McSmythurs <Tim.McSmythurs@swindon.ericsson.se>

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An Empire Lies in the Balance. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some brutal medieval battles | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der erste Ritter See more »

Filming Locations:

Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,856,442, 9 July 1995

Gross USA:

$37,600,435

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,600,435
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Julia Ormond had to miss a few days of filming due to a severe ear infection that required hospitalization. See more »

Goofs

When Prince Malagant lays his sword on the round table, he doesn't pick it up when he leaves. That was intentional, a sign of his resignation. See more »

Quotes

Guinevere: I only know one way to love my lord, and that is body and mind and soul.
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Sean Connery has the voice, the look and the chivalrous character of the legendary King Arthur...
21 January 2004 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

In 'First Knight' Connery has gentleness in his eyes, and embodies the best aims of the founder of the Knights of the Round Table... Arthur had his share of war... He had devoted his life to building a land of peace and justice... He looks forward to quieter days... He asks Guinevere to 'marry the king but to love the man.'

Julia Ormond glows and smolders to fine effect as the passionate Guinevere who is confused about her feelings for the king and his first knight... Guinevere tries to convince Arthur that her will is stronger than her heart... She assures the king that she may look at him differently but not with less love...

Richard Gere lacks the heroic stance required for such part... He is not colorful and flamboyant as Lancelot... He is simply Richard Gere... He lives by the sword, and fights for money... He is introduced as a wanderer, with no wealth, no home, no goals, just the passionate spirit that drives him on... Lancelot had never dreamed of peace or justice or knighthood... He rescues the Lady of Leonesse, and gives Arthur back his life itself...

Ben Cross is arrogant as the powerful Prince Malagant, a former knight of the Round Table, with hatred in his heart... He dares to kidnap a lady who is almost a queen... Malagant doesn't care how many men he loses so long as he wins... He offers the king what is not 'his' to give..

In Jerry Zucker's film there's no Merlin, no malevolent Mordred, no femme fatale, just the city of Camelot seen golden as ever, the knights brave and loyal, the battles almost breathtaking in their ferocity, and the scenic beauty so fresh, so pure, so green...


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