Knightriders

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Knightriders may well be the only cycle flick ever to be played out in suits of armor. A hardcase motorcycle gang led by Ed Harris has found itself a neat money-making gimmick. Dressed as the knights of the round table, the cyclists pick up a few bucks at local "renaissance" fairs, selling handicrafts made by the more talented members of the gang. Harris' great rival is Tom Savini, who has his own band of "black knights." Keep an eye out for a chucklesome unbilled bit by ...
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Ed Harris, Gary Lahti, Tom Savini, Amy Ingersoll, Patricia Tallman July 11, 2000 DVD Very good in very good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 145 mins. Aspect ratio: ... 1.85: 1. Originally released: 1981. This DVD is used-like new. Item ships within 24-48 hours! Read more Show Less

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Knightriders may well be the only cycle flick ever to be played out in suits of armor. A hardcase motorcycle gang led by Ed Harris has found itself a neat money-making gimmick. Dressed as the knights of the round table, the cyclists pick up a few bucks at local "renaissance" fairs, selling handicrafts made by the more talented members of the gang. Harris' great rival is Tom Savini, who has his own band of "black knights." Keep an eye out for a chucklesome unbilled bit by novelist Stephen King.
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Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Audio commentary with writer/director George A. Romero, stars Tom Savini, John Amplas, Christine Romero, and film historian Chris Stavrakis; Behind-the-scenes home movies; Theatrical trailer; TV spots
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Its premise -- cyclists who stage motorhead renaissance fairs -- might seem jokey, and certainly the humor of the situation isn't lost on director George Romero, but in this rare departure from the horror genre, Romero has bigger themes to explore. Taking his pseudo-medieval milieu one step further, his motley crew of cycling enthusiasts find themselves re-enacting Arthurian narratives. The film creates such a memorable clash of myth and modernity, of stories of England's past and America's frontier, that its moments of overindulgence don't really register. As the film's Arthur, Ed Harris' commanding presence helps elucidate the seriousness of the themes at work. Like the world of the Dead films in miniature, the society he oversees threatens to disintegrate, and his sorrowful performance makes clear his awareness of his situation's tragic potential. All the while, Romero never loses track of his other duty: to deliver the action. The well-staged fight scenes -- still the best (and only) examples of cycle jousting -- lose their oddness and gain excitement as the film progresses. Little-seen at the time, in retrospect, this film looks like one of the director's most personal, most mature efforts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2000
  • UPC: 013131099690
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ed Harris Billy
Gary Lahti Alan
Tom Savini Morgan
Amy Ingersoll Linet
Patricia Tallman Julie
Christine Forrest Angie
Warner Shook Pippin
Brother Blue Merlin
Cynthia Adler Rocky
John Amplas Whiteface
Ken Hixon Steve
John Hostetter Tuck
Albert Amerson Indian
Marty Schiff Ban
Michael P. Moran Cook
Scott Reiniger Marhalt
Bingo O'Malley Sheriff Rilly
Iva Jean Saraceni Helen Dean
Hugh Rouse Jess
Robert Williams Kay
Amanda Davies Sheila
Tim Dileo Corncook
David Earle Bleoboris
Don Berry Bagman
Judith Barrett Musician Trio
Randy Kovitz Punch
Harold W. Jones Bors
Stephen King Hoagie Man
Martin Ferrero Bontempi
John Harrison Pellinore
Ken Foree Little John
Technical Credits
George A. Romero Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Cletus Anderson Production Designer
Pasquale A. Buba Asst. Director, Editor
Gary Lee Davis Stunts
Michael Gornick Cinematographer
Salah M. Hassanein Executive Producer
Donald A. Rubinstein Score Composer
Richard P. Rubinstein Producer
Tom Savini Special Effects
David E. Vogel Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selections
1. Start Program/Main Titles [3:56]
2. Trouble With The Law [6:47]
3. Welcome to The Games [2:30]
4. Noble Knights [7:00]
5. The King Rides [4:23]
6. "That's Why We're Here" [2:52]
7. Destiny [2:50]
8. Champion Of The Games [6:27]
9. "Basic Number One" [3:29]
10. "I'm Fighting the Dragon" [4:41]
11. "Small Town Jails" [7:01]
12. Who Are We? [2:26]
13. Everybody Gets Out [2:42]
14. "Greatest Showon Wheels" [4:51]
15. "Live by the Code" [7:27]
16. Council Meeting [5:40]
17. Trouble In Camelot [4:31]
18. Let The Games Begin [4:32]
19. Intruders [1:35]
20. "This Battle is Mine" [2:52]
21. Stray Sheep [9:28]
22. "Only One King" [5:06]
23. A Kingdom Restored [8:57]
24. Rules Of The Game [5:07]
25. "For the Crown" [1:37]
26. Long Live The King [10:22]
27. Unfinished Business [5:38]
28. Peace [3:16]
29. "To Never Know the Storm" [2:31]
30. End Credits [2:44]
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Menu

Side #1
   Extras
      Commentary
         Commentary On
         Commentary Off
      Trailer
      TV Spots
         :10 TV Spot
         :30 TV Spot
      Behind the Scenes "Home Movies"
   Resume
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