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


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

Release: Apr. 10th, 1981
Runtime: 2 hours, 20 minutes
A surreal adaptation of Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur", chronicling Arthur Pendragon's conception, his rise to the throne, the search by his Knights of the Round Table for the Holy Grail, and ultimately his death.
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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 A....
You don't have to be an expert in the King Arthur legend to know how expansive it is, and I like how Boorman and company account for this by structuring the movie as a series of episodes.
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.