First KnightDirector: Jerry Zucker
The tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is always ripe for retelling. In this rendition, the sexy Richard Gere is Sir Lancelot, threatening to supersede the aging King Arthur (Sean Connery) by winning the love of his young wife Guinevere (Julia Ormond). This update of the age-old legend succeeds on the strength of Gere's happy-go-lucky sex appeal, Ormond's gorgeous period costuming, and Connery's unbeatable wry nobility. The script focuses on the triangle of the three principals: the older man's reluctance to relinquish his love and power to the younger man destined to supplant him; the young woman torn between her loyalty to her aged husband and her love for his rival; the young man balancing the demands of loyalty to his sovereign with the rewards of true love. This beautiful production forgoes the legend's usual elements of magic and fantasy, leaving Merlin the Magician completely out of the picture.
- Release Date:
- Original Release:
- Sony Pictures
- Region Code:
- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Cast & Crew
|Sean Connery||King Arthur|
|Liam Cunningham||Sir Agravaine|
|Christopher Villiers||Sir Kay|
|Valentine Pelka||Sir Patrise|
|Colin McCormack||Sir Mador|
|Tom Lucy||Sir Sagramore|
|Ryan Todd||Young Lancelot|
|Susannah Corbett||Young Woman in Crowd|
|Susan Breslau||Wedding Guest|
|Charlotte Zucker||Bread Vendor|
|John Box||Production Designer|
|Lorne Cameron||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Chris Carreras||Asst. Director|
|Nana Cecchi||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Colin Charles||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|George Gibbs||Special Effects|
|Jerry Goldsmith||Score Composer|
|David Hoselton||Original Story|
|Bob Laing||Production Designer|
|Giles Masters||Art Director|
|Gil Netter||Executive Producer|
|William Nicholson||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Dinny Powell||Special Effects|
|Eric Rattray||Executive Producer|
|Stephen Scott||Art Director|
|Malcolm Stone||Set Decoration/Design|
|Arthur Wooster||Asst. Director|
|Janet Zucker||Executive Producer|
1. Chapter 1 [5:10]
2. Chapter 2 [4:32]
3. Chapter 3 [4:16]
4. Chapter 4 [3:35]
5. Chapter 5 [6:04]
6. Chapter 6 [5:15]
7. Chapter 7 [6:42]
8. Chapter 8 [3:22]
9. Chapter 9 [5:34]
10. Chapter 10 [3:41]
11. Chapter 11 [4:24]
12. Chapter 12 [5:17]
13. Chapter 13 [9:03]
14. Chapter 14 [4:57]
15. Chapter 15 [6:20]
16. Chapter 16 [5:22]
17. Chapter 17 [3:18]
18. Chapter 18 [3:35]
19. Chapter 19 [6:44]
20. Chapter 20 [4:13]
21. Chapter 21 [4:21]
22. Chapter 22 [3:58]
23. Chapter 23 [2:07]
24. Chapter 24 [2:30]
25. Chapter 25 [3:52]
26. Chapter 26 [5:04]
27. Chapter 27 [3:00]
28. Chapter 28 [7:09]
Director and Producer Commentary: On
Director and Producer Commentary: Off
Arthurian Legend Commentary: On
Arthurian Legend Commentary: Off
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This movie is full of romance, action, and self sacrafice. It is wonderfully acted, and was filmed in a beautiful location. It is not suitable for children under twelve, due to the whole Lancelot and Gwenever thing. Thankfully they don't go all out like they do in Camelot. The worst thing they do is kiss. So it me, it is a wonderful family movie, that is perfect to watch with a fuzzy blanket, coffee and a special treat.
This is a wonderfull tale of King Arthur and Camelot. Sean Connery is great as Arthur so is Gere as Lancelot. The ending is fantastic.
As far as adaptations of the Arthurian legends go, this movie is not good at all. However,it is an example of excellent film-making. It had an almost old-hollywood feel, the cinematography is wonderful, and it is a really beautifully made movie. I was not so thrilled with Richard Gere, but I thought the other members of the cast were fantastic, and the ending has to be one of the best endings I have ever seen. So,if you can get past the fact that this is suposed to be a retelling of Arthurian myth, then I believe you will enjoy it.
This story has been told many times and this is a more quasi-historical more Celtic version filmed beautifully on location in Wales. Great performances. My kids liked at as much as Flynn's Robin Hood probably more. That's the picture this reminds me most of. My daughter and I watch this together at least once a year. Great family film, romance, right and wrong, tragedy, heroism, action. Fine acting.
A wonderful adaptation of the Arthur legend! Outstanding acting, cinematography, and score by screen musical legend Jerry Goldsmith. When Ormond and Gere are together, they burn a hole through the screen! The action shots with Gere are terrific -- he's Bruce Lee with a sword! Ormond is one of the true beauties of contemporary film! This is a must-see!
A lackluster, modernized version of the Medieval tale. This budget production has both uninspired settings and poor costuming, as well as a simplistic script. Lancelot is a cross between a court jester and a country bumpkin, though given his sex appeal, and youth, who would not choose him over Sean Connery's middle-aged King, dressed in blue velvet over what seems to be a surgical truss?
The King Arthur legend has been done many times as a movie, and I've been willing to see several of them. I had high hopes for this one, as I love both Connery and Gere. But I was disappointed in this movie as a whole. Connery was good (not great, as he usually is) but Gere was nothing exceptional, as he usually is. Certainly it wasn't the story, as the Arthurian legend is what it is. I think it was the combination of the screenplay, the lackluster performances, and something else I haven't figured out. There are better Arthurian legend movies out there.
FIRST KNIGHT: With the leading cast of Richard Gere, Julia Ormond, and Sean Connery, this had to be a #1 Movie... Plus the fact that I am fascinated by the Scottish-English-Irish wars and way of life in years past. These people are portraying our ancestors back in the old countries. Sad but true. An absolute MAGNIFICENT film!
The First Knight was probaly one of the best medieval based movies I have ever seen in my life. I thought that Sean Conerry did an extravagint job as king Arthur and Richard Gere probaly did a better job as lancelot then any other actor has done before.
A rather unimpressive adaptation of the Arthurian myth with a script adapted to modern voices and values. There isn't a shred of Medieval lore or chivalry in this glitz production. Gere, Connor, and Ormond deliver unimpressive performances that are rigid and without emotion. This has to be one of the worst versions of the King Arthur stories I have ever seen.