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Sword of Lancelot (1963)

Lancelot and Guinevere (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 5 June 1963 (USA)
Lancelot is King Arthur's most valued Knight of the Round Table and a paragon of courage and virtue. Things change, however, when he falls in love with Queen Guinevere.

Director:

Cornel Wilde

Writers:

Richard Schayer, Cornel Wilde (as Jefferson Pascal)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cornel Wilde ... Sir Lancelot
Jean Wallace ... Guinevere
Brian Aherne ... King Arthur
George Baker ... Sir Gawaine
Archie Duncan Archie Duncan ... Sir Lamorak
Adrienne Corri ... Lady Vivian
Michael Meacham Michael Meacham ... Sir Modred
Iain Gregory Iain Gregory ... Sir Tors
Mark Dignam ... Merlin
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Sir Dagonet
John Barrie ... Sir Bevidere
Richard Thorp ... Sir Gareth
Joseph Tomelty ... Sir Kaye
Graham Stark ... Rian
Geoffrey Dunn Geoffrey Dunn ... Edrick
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Lancelot is King Arthur's most valued Knight of the Round Table and a paragon of courage and virtue. Things change, however, when he falls in love with Queen Guinevere.

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All the fiery passions of the lusty age of great kings....beautiful queens.....that heroic age of King Arthur and the gallant Knights of the Round Table! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 June 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sword of Lancelot See more »

Filming Locations:

Divicibare, Yugoslavia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Emblem Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nine years earlier Brian Aherne played King Arthur in "Prince Valiant." See more »

Goofs

In the main battle scene, a soldier - apparently thinking he was out of camera range - can be seen at the bottom of the screen standing with an arrow sticking out of his shoulder and smoking a cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Sir Lancelot: You speak like a child! You feel but do not think.
Guinevere: 'Tis better than a man, who thinks but does not feel.
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Version of The Sword in the Stone (1963) See more »

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A costume rendtion about the famous legends with plenty of romance , battles and sword-play
26 February 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A stirring tale of knights, chivalry, and the days of the Round Table in the time of King Arthur is brought to the screen with full pomp and pageantry . It deals with ARTHUR-LANCELOT-GUINEVERE triangle that brings to life again , including a sincere respect , though also fictitious , of the old legend . Set during the civil wars of 6Th-century England where rules the king Arthur (Brian Aherne) , he achieved to maintain the Christianity and civilization in the west of England , though no exactly congruent with the VI century , time was presumed to have lived but the film is developed in a high medieval panoply . Wandering swordsman Lancelot (Cornel Wilde) falls for beautiful Guinevere (Jean Wallace) , soon to be Arthur's queen . Later on , Lancelot fights evil renegade knights , Barbarians invaders and villainous Mordred , Arthur's son .

Big-scale battles , tournaments , betrayals , passion , and impressive outdoors , all of them are pieces for a tremendous epic , are all here . However, it just doesn't woork , at times . The result is almost always the handsomest of films to behold and the plot will cause much eye-rolling . Dramatically , it has its moments , too , blending grandeur and intimacy . The battles scenes hold all the excitement and gore by that time the censorship allowed , which was not for the fainthearted . This period action classic features Lancelot, the bravest knight of the Round Table and the moving story of the romantic triangle starred by Cornel Wilde, who is badly miscast , and his real wife , the lovely Jean Wallace . The real-life marriage yearn , gaze and kiss intensely ; it is worth the time it takes to watch . In spite of lack real documents about legendary feats of King Arthur , allegedly in VI century King of Bretons , during XII century was created some writings by French notorious authors who romanticized the legend as Chretien of Troyes and Thomas Malory that wrote the Bretons series with their knights looking for the Holy Grail . Besides , Godofredo of Mormouth publicized in 1136 the ¨History Regnum Britanniae¨ and in XX century John Steinbeck wrote about the events of King Arthur .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Cornel Wilde . Cornel Wilde, who also acted , co-produced and directed this film, as he ambiously romps some Arthurian legends in this spectacular slide of sword , blood and battles . Other movies on the matter of legends of Arthur resulted to be : ¨Knights of the round table¨(Richard Thorpe, 53) with Robert Taylor , Ava Gardner , Mel Ferrer , Stanley Baker ; the musical ¨Camelot¨ (Joshua Logan), with Franco Nero , Richard Harris , Vanessa Redgrave ; the fantastic ¨Excalibur¨ considered the best and tremendous epic (John Boorman, 81) with Nigel Terry , Helen Mirren , Nicholas Clay , Nicol Williamson , Cherie Lunghi ; ¨Merlin and the sword (Clive Donner , 85) with Malcolm McDowell , Candice Bergen , Edward Woodward; ¨Merlin¨(1998) with Sam Neill , Miranda Richardson , Rutger Hauer , Isabella Rossellini , Martin Short ; First knight¨ with Richard Gere , Sean Connery , Julia Ormond ; and recently ¨King Arthur¨(Antoine Fuqua, 2004) with Clive Owen , Stephen Dillane , Ioan Gruffud , Mikkelsen , Kiera Knightley . The picture will appeal to aficionados with chivalric ideals and historic movies fans .


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