King Richard and the Crusaders

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Overview

Roundly panned when it was first released, this CinemaScope film version of Sir Walter Scott's The Talisman can now be enjoyed on a "high camp" level. George Sanders plays King Richard the Lionhearted, while his arch-foe Saladin is over-acted by Rex Harrison. One of Richard's objectives during the Crusades is to reclaim the Holy Grail from Saladin's Mohammedan hordes. On the home front, Richard must contend with a group of conspirators dedicated to toppling him from his throne. In the middle of all this is the ...
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Overview

Roundly panned when it was first released, this CinemaScope film version of Sir Walter Scott's The Talisman can now be enjoyed on a "high camp" level. George Sanders plays King Richard the Lionhearted, while his arch-foe Saladin is over-acted by Rex Harrison. One of Richard's objectives during the Crusades is to reclaim the Holy Grail from Saladin's Mohammedan hordes. On the home front, Richard must contend with a group of conspirators dedicated to toppling him from his throne. In the middle of all this is the fictional Lady Edith,a British noblewoman played by Virginia Mayo in a manner that can best be described as overbaked. It is Ms. Mayo who delivers the film's classic line "Oh, fight, fight, fight! That's all you ever think of, Dickie Plantagenet!" In his American film debut, Laurence Harvey is as hammy as the rest of the cast as Sir Kenneth, Richard's right-hand man.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It's surprising that any film with Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Laurence Harvey and Virginia Mayo, as well as a setting during the Crusades, can be plain old dull, but King Richard and the Crusaders manages that feat. Make no mistake about it; day old dishwater holds more appeal (and has more life and sparkle) than this leaden, seemingly endless would-be epic. Yes, there is a battle scene or two that has a spark of life, but hardly enough to make up for all that come before and after. Director David Butler has managed to film an amazingly static picture; some of J. Peverell Marley's nicely hued cinematography is delicious, but it's not enough to make the film roar to life. Camp aficionados will at least get a kick out of (the beautiful) Virginia Mayo's cringe-inducing line readings; to be fair, of course, she is handed a parcel of lines that would defeat the finest actor in the land. Sanders seems bored by the whole affair and puts precious little effort into his part. Harrison, in ghastly make-up, tries harder but merely bores, while Harvey's misguided efforts are laughable. Very young boys with a fondness for knights might enjoy Crusaders, but few others are likely to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • UPC: 883316648131
  • Original Release: 1954
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 31,065

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rex Harrison Saladin
Virginia Mayo Lady Edith
George Sanders Richard III
Laurence Harvey Sir Kenneth
Robert Douglas Sir Giles Amaury
Michael Pate Montferrat
Paula Raymond Queen Berengaria
Lester Matthews Archbishop of Tyre
Anthony Eustrel Baron De Vaux
Henry Corden Philip of France
Wilton Graff Duke Leopold of Austria
Nejla Ates Moorish Dancing Girl
Nick Cravat Nectobanus
Leslie E. Bradley Castelain Captain
Mark Dana 2nd Castelain
Peter Ortiz Castelains
John Alderson Mob Leader
Rudolph Anders German Knight
Larry Chance Castelain Spokesman
John Epper Wounded Castelain
Mark Hanna Courier
Lumsden Hare
Robin Hughes King's Guard
Paul Marion Arab Falconer
Leonard Mudie
Leonard Penn
Otto Reichow
Abdullah Abbas Arab
Bruce Lister
Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Henry Blanke Producer
Rex Harrison Songwriter
Ray Heindorf Songwriter
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Irene Morra Editor
Max Steiner Score Composer
Bertram Tuttle Art Director
John Twist Screenwriter
Derek N. Twist Screenwriter
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