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Excalibur

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good movie

    I would recommend this movie to any one interested in the legend of Camelot, King Arthur, Merlin, and the Round Table.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Brings the King Arthur tale to life like no other attempt.

    This is the definitive rendition of the Arthurian Legend in film. Some of the acting is woody, but the lush scenery and powerful themes more than make up for that. Look for early work from Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson, and Gabriel Byrne. "Beautiful" describes this well. It doesn't look outdated like many older movies do these days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SJLR

    This is a great movie. I think that it does a great job at capturing the essence of the middle ages. I saw it with my father and he liked it as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Visually Stunning

    John Boorman's rendition of the Arthurian myth has been imitated by many and matched by none. This movie is the pinnacle of achievement upon which all Arthurian based pieces are to be judged. The stellar performance of Nicol Williamson as Merlin alone is worth seeing. This is by far one of his best performances as a Shakesperean actor. The story follows the traditional saga of King Arthur and his ascent to the throne by retrieving the magical sword, Excalibur, from the stone; his utopia of Camelot; and his downfall through the carnal betrayal of Guenevere and Lancelot. Unlike typical Hollywood productions of this story, John Boorman strongly emphasizes the story of King Arthur as a mythical story instead of a romanticized one. Merlin is more of a druid than just a sorcerer: appropriate because the actual historical time frame of King Arthur was in the 5th century A.D.; just when Romanized Britain was being invaded by the Germanic tribes of Angles, Saxons, and Jutes. The story therefore has a strong theme of Celtic druidism being supplanted by Christianity. The scenes reflect this theme by placing the scenes in the lush forests of Ireland counterpoised with romantic image of knigthts dressed in armor of a much later era: the Rennaisance. There is therefore a beautiful mixture of the mythical with the romanticized notion of knighthood and chivalry of the 15-16th centuries. This is also a great movie for those who wish to see now great stars in their early career such as Patrick Stewart and Liam Neeson. This is by far one of Boorman's greatest productions along with 'Deliverance' and 'Zardoz': it is an epic. I would recommend this movie to any one who either likes Arthurian movies and/or enjoys movies in the theatrical style as opposed to method acting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good Movie.

    Good solid movie. Certainly the most entertaining regarding the Arthurian legend. The Orff and Wagner music is superbly apt. The cast is very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Solid effort

    The only Arthurian movie worth watching. Some flaws in the script and less than stellar acting, but nonetheless enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magnificent

    The best movie made about King Arthur I ever saw, awesome battles, and good dialogue. If you loved Conan the barbarian or Braveheart you'll love this movie. A landmark film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    This was a truly awesome epic movie. Great music and cool armours. You gotta see it!

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