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First Knight (1995)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 7 July 1995 (USA)
Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere, who is due to be married to King Arthur. Meanwhile, a violent warlord tries to seize power from Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

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Jerry Zucker

Writers:

Lorne Cameron (story), David Hoselton (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... King Arthur
Richard Gere ... Lancelot
Julia Ormond ... Guinevere
Ben Cross ... Prince Malagant
Liam Cunningham ... Agravaine
Christopher Villiers ... Sir Kay
Valentine Pelka Valentine Pelka ... Sir Patrise
Colin McCormack Colin McCormack ... Sir Mador
Ralph Ineson ... Ralf
John Gielgud ... Oswald
Stuart Bunce ... Peter, King's Stableman
Jane Robbins Jane Robbins ... Elise
Jean Marie Coffey Jean Marie Coffey ... Petronella
Paul Kynman ... Mark
Tom Lucy Tom Lucy ... Sir Sagramore
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Storyline

Lancelot lives by the sword. In fact, they're next door neighbors, so teaming up to fight for money comes pretty naturally. Lady Guinevere, on her way to marry King Arthur is ambushed by the evil Sir Malagant. Fortunately, Lancelot is lurking nearby and he rescues his future Queen. They fall in love, but Guinevere still fancies the idea of wearing a crown, so she honors her promise to Arthur. Written by Tim McSmythurs <Tim.McSmythurs@swindon.ericsson.se>

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An Empire Lies in the Balance. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some brutal medieval battles | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der erste Ritter See more »

Filming Locations:

Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,856,442, 9 July 1995

Gross USA:

$37,600,435

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,600,435
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Gere was widely felt to be too old, and too obviously American to play Lancelot, as well as unconvincing in a historical action movie. See more »

Goofs

When Prince Malagant lays his sword on the round table, he doesn't pick it up when he leaves. That was intentional, a sign of his resignation. See more »

Quotes

Lancelot: You have to sudy your opponent: how he moves, so you know what he's gonna do before he does it.
Mark: I can do that.
Lancelot: You have to know that one moment in every fight when you win or lose and you have to know how to wait for it.
Mark: I can do that.
Lancelot: And you have to not care whether you live or die.
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Interesting Adaptation
8 December 2005 | by MotorbikeMaintainanceGuySee all my reviews

Although many have criticised this film harshly, I believe it is unnecessary. It is an adaptation of the myth of Arthur, and is interesting. There is no magic, no Merlin :(, no Morgana, no sword in the stone - in fact, no referral to Arthur's past. This obviously changes the myth quite substantially. Merlin and the Sword were key players in the typical Arthur legend, but this adaptation is good because Morgana often confuses people.

It squashes what Camelot really is - an ideal - into about two and a bit hours of movie. Richard Gere is charming as Lancelot, a roving swordsman, and Lady Guinevere delivers an outstanding performance as the young woman torn between two loves. Sean Connery, is as always, fantastic. The best thing about this movie - to me - was that the love story was sensible. Instead of Guinevere and Lancelot cheating on Arthur, it becomes more of a love triangle, with deeper issues, as all three love each other (in different ways.)

All this said, it isn't the greatest movie despite some excellent acting - the movie had a weak plot and Maligant is not a very convincing villain. But, if you're bored, home sick, or just want to watch some light entertainment, by all means watch this film - just don't expect Peter Jackson quality.


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