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Tristan + Isolde (2006)

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An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers.

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Kevin Reynolds

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Dean Georgaris

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Tristan
Sophia Myles ... Isolde
Rufus Sewell ... Marke
David O'Hara ... Donnchadh (as David Patrick O'Hara)
Mark Strong ... Wictred
Henry Cavill ... Melot
Bronagh Gallagher ... Bragnae
Ronan Vibert ... Bodkin
Lucy Russell ... Edyth
JB Blanc ... Leon
Graham Mullins Graham Mullins ... Morholt
Leo Gregory ... Simon
Dexter Fletcher ... Orick
Richard Dillane ... Aragon
Hans Martin Stier Hans Martin Stier ... Kurseval (as Hans Martin-Stier)
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An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers. Written by Brian@filmschoolrejects.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Fighting countries can still love... See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tristan and Isolde See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,612,008, 15 January 2006

Gross USA:

$14,732,623
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Strong and Henry Cavill also starred in the 2007 fantasy film "Stardust", in which the main character's name is also Tristan. See more »

Goofs

When Tristan doesn't show for dinner, there is a fork at his place setting. Forks were introduced into England in 1608, much later than the time period of the film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: Britain. The Dark Ages. / The Roman Empire has fallen / The land lies in ruins, divided among feuding tribes. / To the west, Ireland has flourished - untouched by the Romans, protected by the sea. / Led by their powerful and righteous king, the Irish have subdued the Britons... / Knowing that if Ireland is to prosper, the tribes must never be allowed to unite.
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Connections

Featured in Love Conquers All: The Making of Tristan + Isolde (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Dark Moon, High Tide
Written by Simon Emmerson / Martin Russell / Davy Spillane
Performed by Afro Celt Sound System
Courtesy of Real World Records Ltd./Virgin Records Ltd.
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Subtley impressive
27 January 2006 | by acts2120See all my reviews

I did not expect to like this film; the reviews were lackluster, and many seemed to think the leads were mediocre at best. I found the performances riveting and highly engaging. While I do not know the actual historical story, I found the storyline highly captivating.

I thought James Franco played Tristan brilliantly - broken hearted but not brooding, he seemed to only come to life during battle before meeting Isolde, and then afterward only in their stolen moments together. Many of the reviews I've read seem to think that he played the role flatly, but I thought the subtlety of expression in his eyes and body language was impressive. Confident as a warrior, but almost innocent in intimacy, I thought he walked the thin line between adult and youth effectively.

Sophia Myles captured the fire, vulnerability and desire of Isolde with fervor - and that's not easy to do. Myles delivered her lines subtly, tinting words with emotional depth -scorn, joy, passion, frustration, disappointment - that was understated and yet passionate. She, too, managed to portray a delicate balance between the innocence of idealistic youth and the realities of a woman who found her self in an unenviable position.

Rufus Sewell was fantastic. As king, he had to walk the thin line between diplomacy and his own frustrations; as a man, he came alive when with Isolde, and so her betrayal was all that more heartbreaking, a scene which he played with focus and power.

I thought the fight scenes were very well done, except for the excess of cut shots, jumping from person to person, which moved the action almost too quickly, occasionally resulting in a jagged flow of action. Overall, however, the battle scenes were very well done.

The costumes were incredible - not period realistic (especially Isolde's wedding gown) but they were beautiful and overall well designed to intimate the period but still have some glitz. The locations shots were awe-inspiring.

I LOVED these characters very shortly after they each came on screen. I rarely feel such a strong connection to characters, especially of period pieces, but each of the leads played their roles with finesse. I deeply cared about these people, seeing hope and joy rise in their eyes, only to see events quickly turn that joy to sorrow, and hope to forceful determination. Their moments of happiness are so brief, their heartbreak so complete that I found myself profoundly moved by their experiences. As deeply invested as I became with these characters, I nearly sobbed at the end of the movie. A 5-hankie tear jerker.

I eagerly await the release of the DVD, and expect to enjoy this film many times over.


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