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The Knights of the Quest (2001)

I cavalieri che fecero l'impresa (original title)
In 1271, five young knights journey to Thebes in Greece to recover the Sacred Shroud and deliver it back to France and into the hands of the royal family.

Director:

Pupi Avati

Writers:

Pupi Avati (novel), Pupi Avati (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raoul Bova ... Giacomo di Altogiovanni
Marco Leonardi ... Ranieri di Panico
Edward Furlong ... Simon di Clarendon
Thomas Kretschmann ... Vanni delle Rondini
Stanislas Merhar ... Jean de Cent Acres
Edmund Purdom ... Ugo di Clarendon
Franco Trevisi ... Rolando da Gesso
Stefania Rivi Stefania Rivi ... Ragazza del 'Paradiso'
Loris Loddi ... Jannot de Plume
Romuald Andrzej Klos ... Abate cieco (as Romuald Klos)
Victor Poletti Victor Poletti
Renzo Rinaldi Renzo Rinaldi ... Uomo con cane marrone
Alberto Rossi Alberto Rossi
Romano Malaspina Romano Malaspina ... Amaury de la Roche
Francesco Pennasilico Francesco Pennasilico ... (as Franco Pennasilico)
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In 1271, five young knights journey to Thebes in Greece to recover the Sacred Shroud and deliver it back to France and into the hands of the royal family.

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

6 April 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Knights Who Made the Enterprise See more »

Filming Locations:

Barletta, Bari, Apulia, Italy See more »

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Budget:

ITL18,000,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Interesting take on an old legend
16 May 2002 | by rundbauchdodoSee all my reviews

This almost monumental film by Pupi Avati boosts beautiful locations, convincing protagonists (especially Thomas Kretschmann and Raoul Bova) and a very interesting take on the age-old legend of Jesus Christ's shroud (it's a catholic movie in a way, but it wasn't bothersome for me at all although I'm not a religious person). Even though the film has its fantasy elements, it's rather a pseudo-historical movie about the medieval age, convincingly depicting the possible conditions of living at that time. The few battle scenes are quite graphic (which could irritate average fantasy and historical drama fans), but only depict how atrocious violence is and what effects it has on victims (which should be shown in every film where violence happens!).

Although the movie runs over 140 minutes, it never becomes boring and constantly keeps the viewer interested. Riz Ortolani's score is wonderfully pompous and matches the heroic quest of the title's knights. The only flaw probably is that in the English language version, there are some small characters that talk so muddled one can hardly understand them.

All in all a pleasing experience (the climax is quite dark, though), and it's cool that the movie distinguishes itself from the usual pseudo-historical fodder that is just pompous and delivers no surprises.


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