Excalibur

Excalibur

DVD - 1999
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The classic saga of King Arthur and those around him in the Court-- the knights, his Queen, and the wizard Merlin. Focuses on the rise of Christian civilization out of the Dark Ages.

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patch666
Jun 10, 2017

Classic !!!!!!!

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isaachar
Apr 25, 2017

Probably the best live action, non-comedic version of the Arthurian legend. Or I should say, one version of the Arthurian legend. This movie was the first in a slew of sword and sorcery movies from the 1980's. Some great, others terrible but endearing. Krull, the Conan movies, Red Sonja, Legend, Willow, they all came after Excalibur made it's debut.

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BurgensisClaudi
Apr 25, 2017

This is, hands down, my favorite King Arthur flick. It's gorgeously filmed, has an excellent soundtrack, and pulls no punches on gore and lasciviousness. Young "Game of Thrones" lovers will get a kick out of this gothically romantic vision of Camelot. You'll also get to bathe in the wonderful Elizabethian acting of many thespians who would later become famous: Liam Neeson, Nigel Terry, Sir Patrick Stewert, Helen Mirren, and Gabriel Byrne, just to name a few. Do yourself a favor and rent "Excalibur" if you haven't seen it. You won't be disappointed.

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VonHafenstaaad
Apr 23, 2017

Within my memory, there've been only a couple films featuring the legend of King Arthur. However, one of them released in 1981, EXCALIBUR, is the standard by which all others, past and future, must be judged. It's positively stunning in its excellence, and a must-see for any devotee of the tale.
The costuming is superb. The brilliant cinematography and film editing, combined with a magnificent soundtrack that includes "Carmina Burana" and "Tristan's Funeral March" at just the right scenes, make EXCALIBUR absolutely awe-inspiring. You'll want to watch it over and over. (I've talked myself into wanting to view it again right now!) The final scene is one you'll wish you could extract from your TV screen and frame, with sound.

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lindy919
Mar 30, 2017

Simply put, this is the single greatest movie about the Arthurian Legends that has ever been made. Yes, there are a few dated special effects and a couple unfunny jokes strewn about but from someone who has read both Idylls Of The King and La Morte D'Arthur, no other movie has ever captured the essence of the Round Table like this film! Great armor, spectacular battle scenes and inspired music (Carl Orff).

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TheSandoz
Aug 25, 2016

Wonderful adaptation of the King Arthur myth/ story. It's obviously rooted in a 70's aesthetic ( yes, it was made in 1981 but it has it's roots in the 70's )- but the film still contains a power to it. It seems strange to me to judge a 35 year old movie by today's standards- but then the King Arthur movies I've seen that have been made within the past 20 years aren't anywhere near as good as this film.

tiktok Jan 23, 2016

Excellent historical entertainment.

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misterwisp
Oct 07, 2015

The tale of King Arthur as told through 80's style film making. It hasn't aged especially well. The plot is a little incoherent in parts. It seems meant to be taken more poetically/symbolically/metaphorically(?) then as the actual telling of a story. Things just sort of happen out of nowhere. On the other hand, the performances are all actually pretty good. It's pretty harsh on it's female characters though. They are either rape victims, adulterers, or evil witches. So if your threshold for those things is low this movie might not be for you. Seeing it for the first time more then 30 years after it was made I guess shows how much film-making has changed. You can still find things to enjoy but it all feels a little dated.

7duffy Apr 11, 2015

Very dated. The film almost seems dubbed, but everyone is speaking English. It's good if you want a more realistic telling of the Arthur legend, but not my cup of tea. I should have seen it 30 years ago. Waiting did not make it better.

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Monolith
Nov 04, 2012

It's hard to believe that this fantasy/adventure came from the same co-writer/director (John Boorman) of "Deliverance"... Apples and oranges... Regardless, I really enjoyed his dark vision of King Arthur, Merlin and Camelot. A bit muddled at times, but really a fun movie. Helen Mirren was hot thirty one years ago (I had no idea!). Lots of battling, bellowing Englishmen (and Irishmen): Gabriel Byrne; Liam Neeson; Patrick Stewart... Good flick.

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Monolith
Nov 04, 2012

Merlin: "Now look, I once stood exposed to the Dragon's Breath so that a man could lie one night with a woman. It took me nine moons to recover. And all for this lunacy called, "love", this mad distemper that strikes down both beggar and king. Never again. Never."

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