First Knight

First Knight

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Director: Jerry Zucker

Cast: Jerry Zucker, Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond

     
 

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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,

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/1996
UPC:
0043396711730
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery King Arthur
Richard Gere Lancelot
Julia Ormond Guinevere
Ben Cross Malagant
Liam Cunningham Sir Agravaine
Christopher Villiers Sir Kay
Valentine Pelka Sir Patrise
Colin McCormack Sir Mador
John Gielgud Oswald
Tom Lucy Sir Sagramore
Mark Ryan Challenger
Neville Phillips Elder
Eric Stone Guard
Ryan Todd Young Lancelot
Albie Woodington Scout
Susannah Corbett Young Woman in Crowd
Susan Breslau Wedding Guest
Charlotte Zucker Bread Vendor

Technical Credits
Jerry Zucker Director,Producer
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Bob Anderson Stunts
John Box Production Designer
Lorne Cameron Original Story,Screenwriter
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Nana Cecchi Costumes/Costume Designer
Colin Charles Musical Direction/Supervision
Terry English Stunts
George Gibbs Special Effects
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
David Hoselton Original Story
Bob Laing Production Designer
Hunt Lowry Producer
Giles Masters Art Director
Walter Murch Editor
Gil Netter Executive Producer
William Nicholson Original Story,Screenwriter
Greg Powell Stunts
Dinny Powell Special Effects
Eric Rattray Executive Producer
Peter Robb-King Makeup
Stephen Scott Art Director
Mary Selway Casting
Malcolm Stone Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Wooster Asst. Director
Janet Zucker Executive Producer

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First Knight 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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Fiona15 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
-Betty- More than 1 year ago
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!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.