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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 uniting


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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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.

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20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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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

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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Tristan + Isolde 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of Tristan and Isolde is mentioned in almost all the great classic literary tales -from Chaucer to T.S. Eliot. This telling of the story blew me away. The performances were absolutely amazing. I felt a connection with all of the major characters. The movie is sad, but no less so than the actual written tale. I recommend it to any literary enthusiasts along with any movie enthusiasts that love a classic "love hurts" story.
Seraphim-san More than 1 year ago
The movie Tristan and Isolde is truly a classical tale of romance that should be mentioned alongside that of William Shakespeare's classical tale of Romeo and Juliet. One of the key aspects that I found most interesting about this movie, was the fact that it didn't really need all that much computer graphics to show the audience the tragic love that blossomed between Tristan and Isolde. With the use of real life scenery and some imagination, the cast and crew was able to recreate a time when anything seemed possible, with a little bit of hard work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seriously this movie was the best romance movie i have ever seen. It is much better than Romeo and Juliet. It is not only romance but it is also war and drama. It is a must see movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this movie...and James Franco:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this movie. First rate Dark Age drama. Do yourself a favor and pass an evening with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best movie I have ever seen. I mean it made me cry for about 30 minutes after ward just how much they love eachother. This is truly beautiful you will love it every time you see it. I have watched it 3 times and it still gets me. You must Watch this it is sad, passionate, and beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel sorry for anyone who misses out on Tristan and Isolde. It's an intense movie filled with passion and heartbreak. The movie really sucks you into Tristan and Isolde's world. An amazing movie experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has intense battle sequences full of adventure, sure to keep any guy interested. This movie also contains a genuine story of a love triangle, full of romantic drama, sure to keep any girl involved. It has beautiful background music, wonderful costumes, and terrific acting. It sure to be a movie you will enjoy with (or even without) your date!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. I enjoyed the romance and the fighting. My husband even loved this movie. It's not just a chick-flick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great movie and I loved the passion between Tristen and Isolde. Although the ending was so tragic but I guess they had to keep to the legend of Tristen and Isolde.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this Movie was Amazing. It definatly showed you what Doomed Love would feel like. Seeing as Tristan suffered through it every day. It definatly made me appreciate the real True Love i actually have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a movie for the faint of heart. Watching it, I could feel the pain and passion of Tristan and Isolde as if it were my own, which is why I absolutely adore this movie. It transports you into the characters' shoes, and has fantastic love and action scenes. Oh, and James Franco could not have looked better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the absolute best movie ever! The passion and romance is portrayed so well by James Franco. I cried for hours after watching it. The emotion is so real. It made me believe in true love!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was simply amazing. I saw it in theatres a few months ago and I still think about it almost everyday. The love that Tristan and Islode share is awe inspiring. I completly fell in love with the characters-especially Tristan-because of the the conflicts they all share. This wasnt just another movie to see and forget about, it's a movie that you will remember for years to come.
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This film came to me highly recommended by several people, so I was really looking forward to seeing it. I enjoy period movies, particularly about early England, so this seemed like a natural. However, things changed immediately after the opening and exciting scene when Tristan lost his parents and the un-united kingdom fell to yet another attack by the Irish plummeteers. Tristan, as portrayed by James Franco, was a brooding, self-absorbed putz who fought well. This over reaching performance permeated the movie and became a let down as the film progressed. He just couldn't get over his plight in life, and the "pout that never left his face" took much from his character's development. I wondered if Franco hadn't spent years in a soap opera before emerging to filmdom. The writing was terrible. The lines shared between Tristan and Isolde were absolutely dreadful. Again, I was left to ponder the soap opera element. Comparing this movie to Romeo and Juliet is a stretch of bungee cord proportions. The highlight of Tristan and Isolde is Rufus Sevell's portrayal of Marke, the King of England. Had it not been for his performance, I would have awarded this film two stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one spectacular movie, a definite "must-see" type. The plot was paced fast enough to hold inteest and the diolouge involved was breathtaking, and the ending tear inspiring. Its one of those movies that will echo in your head even days later...I kid you not. It's that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After being unable to enjoy a decent story, competent production, and quite remarkable acting (most notably: Clive Owen, Stellan Skarsgard, and Ioan Gruffudd) because *King Arthur* started out with "Historians agree...". Truth be told, I nearly walked out of the theatre that moment. I thought *Tristan + Isolde* would be the literary equivalent of *Arthur*'s sketchy historical merit. Trying to turn the biggest idiot and the most self-centered ditz in all of Arthurian literature into a credible tragic couple seemed mock-worthy, and so I rented with full intention to mock. I was surprised. Other than some pretty egregious geo-political inaccuracies and some very creative cartography--movie-makers seemed to choose cultural references at will from the fifth to the fifteenth century, like *Knight's Tale* without the delightful self-derisive pizazz--the movie was extremely enjoyable. The production was wonderfully understated, turning what could have been an ultra-sappy romantic tragedy into a good movie. The soundtrack was pleasant and NOT heavy-handed. The landscapes were ethereal. The acting was genuine, capturing the longing and petulance due Arthurian lovers. The story deviated well enough from the medieval legends to lend sympathy to unsympathetic characters all: Tristan, Isolde, and Marke. Yet, it also affectionately maintained Arthurian archetypes. In short: well worth the view. Just ignore that they have a Duke of Wessex.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best love stories ever told. In my opinion better than Romeo and Juliet! R&J is overplayed, T&I is fresh and wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tristan and Isolde was truly one of the best movies I have EVER seen. Mixed with true, deep, and passionate love, set in an era like no other, Tristan and Isolde was an outstanding movie. You'd have to be insanely nuts if this movie doesn't have you on the edge of your seat within the first few seconds of the movie to the appearence of credits rolling down the screen.