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Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi View All


John Boorman (Director), John Boorman (Screenplay), Rospo Pallenberg (Screenplay) View All

Release: Apr. 10th, 1981
Runtime: 2 hours, 20 minutes
The myth of King Arthur brought to the screen. Uthur Pendragon is given the mystical sword Excalibur by Merlyn. At his death Uthur buries the sword into a stone, and the next man that can pull it out will be King of England. Years later Arthur, Uthur's bastard son draws Excalibur and becomes king. Arthur's evil half-sister Morgana sires a son with him, who may prove his downfall.
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A sword in stone that only the destined king can draw out; Arthur and the knights of the round table; the forbidden love of Lancelot and Guenevere; Merlin the wizard who guides and plots and is betrayed by his pupil Morgana; the search for the Grail; and in the end the ruin of Camelot and death of Arthur.
The Gnat
It doesn't spare detail, and while it might seem to drag a little bit from time to time, it is because of the detail that it separates itself from other films that try and adapt the Arthurian legend.