Excalibur (1981) USA
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Director:John Boorman
Studio:Warner Home Video
Producer:John Boorman
Writer:Thomas Malory, Rospo Pallenberg
Date Added:2007-03-06
Purchased On:2007-06-03
Awards:Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations
Genre:Action & Adventure
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.1, French, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Commentary by director
Subtitles:English, French
John Boorman  ...  (Director)
Thomas Malory, Rospo Pallenberg  ...  (Writer)
Nigel Terry  ...  King Arthur
Helen Mirren  ...  Morgana
Nicholas Clay  ...  Lancelot
Cherie Lunghi  ...  Guenevere
Paul Geoffrey  ...  Perceval
Nicol Williamson  ...  Merlin
Robert Addie  ...  Mordred
Gabriel Byrne  ...  Uther Pendragon
Keith Buckley  ...  Uryens
Katrine Boorman  ...  Igrayne
Liam Neeson  ...  Gawain
Corin Redgrave  ...  Cornwall
Niall O'Brien  ...  Kay
Patrick Stewart  ...  Leondegrance
Clive Swift  ...  Sir Hector
Ciarán Hinds  ...  
Liam O'Callaghan  ...  
Michael Muldoon  ...  
Charley Boorman  ...  
Gerard Mannix Flynn  ...  
Comments: No mortal could possess it! No kingdom could command it!

Summary: This lush retelling of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is a dark and engrossing tale. Director John Boorman (Deliverance) masterfully handles the tale of the mythical sword Excalibur, and its passing from the wizard Merlin to the future king of England. Arthur pulls the famed sword from a stone and is destined to be crowned king. As the king embarks on a passionate love affair with Guenevere, an illegitimate son, and Merlin's designs on power, threaten Arthur's reign. The film is visually stunning and unflinching in its scenes of combat and black magic. Featuring an impressive supporting cast, including early work from the likes of Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne, Excalibur is an adaptation of the legend both faithful and bold. --Robert Lane