Tristan + Isolde

Tristan + Isolde

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Director: Kevin Reynolds

Cast: James Franco, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell

     
 

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One of the great stories of doomed love is given a new screen interpretation in this historical drama. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, King Donnchadh (David O'Hara) of Ireland has become the de facto ruler of England, but one of his underlings, Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell), dreams of unitingSee more details below

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One of the great stories of doomed love is given a new screen interpretation in this historical drama. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, King Donnchadh (David O'Hara) of Ireland has become the de facto ruler of England, but one of his underlings, Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell), dreams of uniting British forces with an eye toward self-rule. One of Marke's most valuable allies is Tristan (James Franco), Marke's protégé, who has become a brave warrior since he was rescued by the lord after his parents were murdered by Irish forces during a battle. While Marke and Tristan dream of banishing Ireland's presence in England, Tristan has a secret he's been hiding from Marke -- after suffering serious wounds during a hard-fought battle, he was rescued and nursed back to health by Isolde (Sophia Myles), King Donnchadh's daughter, and the two fell deeply in love. But the couple were separated after Tristan returned to England, and when Donnchadh attempts to quell the British uprising by staging a tournament among the nation's greatest warriors, an extreme and rather personal surprise is in store for Tristan. Tristan & Isolde was directed by Kevin Reynolds and produced in part by Ridley Scott, who attempted to bring the story to the screen back in the 1970s.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Director Kevin Reynolds, whose career highlight remains the Kevin Costner-in-tights action vehicle Robin Hood, heads further back in English history for a straightforward take on the Arthurian folk legend of Tristan and Isolde, the star-crossed lovers perhaps best known today from composer Richard Wagner’s beloved opera. The story opens in the late sixth century, with Europe yet to emerge from the Dark Ages. The Romans have left what will become England and Ireland, leaving the land to perpetually squabbling tribal leaders and a strong Celtic monarch, Donnchadh (David O’Hara), who has designs on the entire region. To facilitate his plan, the King promises his daughter Isolde (Sophia Myles) to Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell), the most sensible and progressive of the tribal chieftains. Marke’s most loyal subject is his young ward, Tristan (James Franco), whose life the girl once saved and with whom she is still in love. Despite the knights-and-damsels conventions of the story, this is no Prince Valiant; rather than gaudily outfitted knights and spotlessly clean castles, Reynolds presents the harsh realities of medieval life and stages his action scenes with uncompromising brutality. This mutes the romance’s dreamier aspects, but the characters are well drawn and skillfully portrayed, and it’s especially satisfying to see frequent screen heavy Sewell impress in a sympathetic role for a change.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
UPC:
0024543237297
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
2,012

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by executive producer Jim Lemley and co-producer Anne Lai; Audio commentary by screenwriter Dean Georgaris; "Love Conquers All: Making of Tristan & Isolde" featurette; Image galleries (Behind the Scenes, Production Design and Costume Design); Music video: "We Belong Together" by Gavin DeGraw (2 versions); Theatrical trailer & TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Franco Tristan
Sophia Myles Isolde
Rufus Sewell Marke
David Patrick O'Hara Donnchadh
Mark Strong Wictred
Henry Cavill Melot
Bronagh Gallagher Bragnae
Ronan Vibert Bodkin
JB Blanc Leon
Lucy Russell Edyth
Graham Mullins Morholt
Thomas Sangster Young Tristan
Dexter Fletcher Orick
Todd Kramer Widseth
Leo Gregory Simon
Richard Dillane Aragon
Hans Martin-Stier Kurseval
Thomas Morris Kaye
Jamie Thomas King Anwick
Wolfgang Muller Rothgar
Cheyenne Rushing Lady Serafine
Barbara Kodetova Lady Marke
Isobel Moynihan Young Isolde
Gordon Truefitt Tournament Judge
Myles Taylor Young Melot
Jack Montgomery Young Simon
Marek Vasut Luther
David Fisher Irish Soldier
Bronwen Bonner-Davies Lady Aragon
Kevin Flood Funeral Priest
Philip O'Sullivan Paddreggh
Nevan Finegan Tournament Crier
Jón Ólafsson Coronation Priest
Winter Ave Zoli Widseth's Sister
Mirek Simunek Pict Guard
Anne Dudley Conductor

Technical Credits
Kevin Reynolds Director
Kevan Barker Production Manager
Rastislav Benza Stunts
Nancy Bishop Casting
Peter Boyle Editor
Zuzana Bursíková Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Byrne Special Effects Supervisor
Mark Carter Asst. Director
Jean-Jacques Desplanque Stunts
Moshe Diamant Producer
Anja Dihrberg Casting
Kate Dowd Casting
Anne Dudley Score Composer
Lisa Ellzey Producer
Tomas Ereminas Stunts
Giannina Facio Producer
Jan Fantl Co-producer
Jirí Farkas Makeup
James Flynn Co-producer
Samir Foco Sound/Sound Designer
Christian Frohn Associate Producer
Vladimir Furdik Stunts
Miro Gabor Cinematographer
Dean Georgaris Screenwriter
Mark Geraghty Production Designer
John Hardy Executive Producer
John Haryd Executive Producer
Robert Huberman Asst. Director
Frank Hübner Executive Producer
Saulius Janavicius Stunts
Branko Jehlar Production Manager
Alice Kheilová Translator
Veronika Kostrhounová Makeup
Anne Lai Co-producer
Erwin Lanzensberger Camera Operator
Radoslav Lehocký Stunts
Jim Lemley Executive Producer
Jennifer Leshnick Associate Producer
Kacper Lisowski Camera Operator
Oldrich Mach Asst. Director
Alena Marecková Makeup
Branislav Martinak Stunts
Jan Mensik Asst. Director
Maurizio Millenotti Costumes/Costume Designer
David Minkowski Associate Producer
Morgan O'Sullivan Co-producer
Arthur Reinhart Cinematographer
Adéla Robová Makeup
Elie Samaha Producer
Jaroslav Samal Makeup
Tony Scott Executive Producer
Ridley Scott Executive Producer
Vasilev Raicho Stefanov Stunts
Reinhard Stergar Sound Mixer
Matthew Stillman Executive Producer
Jan Svoboda Art Director
Juraj Szigetta Stunts
Dusan Tadlánek Stunts
David Wilson Art Director
Phillipe Zone Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tristan + Isolde [WS]
1. Main Titles
2. Tribes Divided
3. The Queen's Funeral/Rebuilding
4. Nine Years Later
5. The Irish Invade
6. Rescuing Their Own
7. A King's Service
8. Tristan & Isolde
9. Falling in Love
10. Goodbye
11. Tristan's Return
12. The Tournament
13. One Last Fight
14. Wedding Day
15. Duty
16. Lord Marke's Second
17. The Affair
18. Suspicion
19. The Coronation
20. Treachery Exposed
21. Learning the Truth
22. Raid
23. The Death of One True Love
24. End Titles

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