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Ivanhoe (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 20 February 1953 (USA)
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A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Noel Langley (screenplay), Æneas MacKenzie (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Ivanhoe
Elizabeth Taylor ... Rebecca
Joan Fontaine ... Rowena
George Sanders ... De Bois-Guilbert
Emlyn Williams ... Wamba
Robert Douglas ... Sir Hugh De Bracy
Finlay Currie ... Cedric
Felix Aylmer ... Isaac
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Front De Boeuf (as Francis DeWolff)
Norman Wooland ... King Richard
Basil Sydney ... Waldemar Fitzurse
Harold Warrender Harold Warrender ... Locksley
Patrick Holt ... Philip DeMalvoisin
Roderick Lovell Roderick Lovell ... Ralph DeVipont
Sebastian Cabot ... Clerk of Copmanhurst
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Storyline

In the centre of this Walter Scott classic fiction inspired film the chivalrousness and the daring stand. Ivanhoe, the disowned knight join to the bravehearted and high-minded Robin Hood, the valiant of Forest Sherwood. They want King Richard to rule the kingdom instead of evil Prince John. Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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The legend and loves of the greatest knight of all ! See more »


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,842,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Taylor would make two other films with director Richard Thorpe along similar lines in the coming years, Knights of the Round Table (1953) and The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955). Taylor called these his "iron jockstrap movies". See more »

Goofs

Characters are shown eating turkey during the feast in Ivanhoe's father's hall. Turkeys are indigenous to North America, and were not known in England in the 12th Century. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: In the 12th century, at the close of the third crusade to free the Holy Land, the Saxon knight called Wilfred of Ivanhoe undertook a private crusade of his own. England's warrior king Richard the Lionhearted had disappeared during his homeward march, vanishing without trace. His disappearance dealt a cruel blow to his unhappy country, already in turmoil from the bitter conflict between Saxons and Normans. And in time, most of his subjects came to mourn him as dead. But Ivanhoe's ...
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Connections

Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.1 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song of Ivanhoe
(1952) (uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Marguerite Roberts
Sung by Robert Taylor and Norman Wooland
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An entertaining fairy tale come to life
27 March 2003 | by perfectbondSee all my reviews

I can't comment on the film as an adaption but I did find that it was quite entertaining standing alone. Some have criticized Robert Taylor for being too stiff, but I found him to be suitably formal and chivalrous. Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Fontaine both provided ample glamour and grace to their roles. They are also both very photogenic to say the least. The performance of George Sanders intrigued me the most. Though a villain, he actually became more sympathetic to me as the movie progressed. The relationship of the four major characters was what kept me interested. Although I am sure it took careful planning and execution (and a lot of extras) to stage the fight scenes, I actually thought they were quite perfunctory. Solid if not spectacular, 7/10.


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