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Old 19th July 2002, 04:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Excalibur (1981)

I was (god knows why) allowed to watch this movie not long after it came out - I must have been about six or seven, and all I really remember is being INCREDIBLY embarassed when the quite graphic sex scene played. I was watching it with my mother - what do you expect? :blush: :blush: :blush:

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As the title would suggest, it follows the travels of the legendary sword Excalibur through Arthurian myth, from the violent, powerful hands of Uther Pendragon, to a long-years' rest in the stone to being redrawn by Uther's son Arthur, who uses it to defeat the evil invaders and establish the great court of Camelot and the great Knights of the Round Table. It is there in Arthur's glory years and in his decline, brought on by the love affair between his wife Guenevere and best friend and best knight Sir Lancelot, the Holy Grail Quest which produces many casualties among the knights, and the arrival of Mordred, the son Arthur had by his evil half-sister, the sorceress Morgana. Through it all, the magician Merlin watches over everything, always ready to throw in a Charm of Making when it's called for.
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Notable for being Liam Neeson's first big screen role, also stars Helen Mirren, Gabriel Byrne and Patrick Stewart.
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Old 9th May 2011, 08:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good fantasy sword flick!
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Old 9th May 2011, 08:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Visually stunning, epic, stands the test of time!

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I must have been about six or seven, and all I really remember is being INCREDIBLY embarassed when the quite graphic sex scene played.
Ditto, made me chuckle.
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Old 9th May 2011, 10:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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"Come on, let the boy try!"
"Yeah, let the boy try!"
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Old 15th May 2011, 03:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Excalibur (1981)

I picked up the DVD recently and haven't gotten around to it yet. I saw it in the early 80's but not since. I notice from the credits a few prominent actors in minor roles that I wasn't aware of at the time.
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Old 15th May 2011, 04:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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For a long time it was one of my favourite films (Still is but not quite so high on the list) but I always associate it with David Lynch's Dune, not for any similarities, but being one of those films where every other actor who turns up is someone you recognise from something else...
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Re: Excalibur (1981)

This is a film I've definitely got to watch again - a most excellent portayal of Merlin by Nicole Williams ("A dream to some ... a nightmare to others!") and Arthur was suitably flawed in the way he was played, from the bungling country boy, to the arrogant king.
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This is one of my all time favourite movies. Williams is brilliant as Merlin, the music score is fantastic and that final 30 minutes with the lead up to the Battle of Camlann is excellent. I thought Nigel Terry made a good King Arthur. The actress who played Guinevere is the one who turned up in those coffee adds for Kenco???
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Old 15th May 2011, 08:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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This is one of my all time favourite movies. Williams is brilliant as Merlin, the music score is fantastic and that final 30 minutes with the lead up to the Battle of Camlann is excellent. I thought Nigel Terry made a good King Arthur. The actress who played Guinevere is the one who turned up in those coffee adds for Kenco???
Do you mean Cherie Lunghi?
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This is a film I've definitely got to watch again - a most excellent portayal of Merlin by Nicole Williams ("A dream to some ... a nightmare to others!") and Arthur was suitably flawed in the way he was played, from the bungling country boy, to the arrogant king.
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Agreed, that the Merlin performance is great - arguably what makes the film.
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Old 16th May 2011, 10:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Yes! Thanks Vlad.
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Old 17th May 2011, 05:55 AM   #12 (permalink)
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As others have observed, Nicol Williamson was superb. But please don't neglect the young and very hot Helen Mirren as Morgana.
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Old 18th May 2011, 08:30 AM   #13 (permalink)
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"Come father. Let us embrace at last."


When I first saw this movie I remember being rather confused when the Holy Grail aspect was introduced. Despite keeping true to the Arthurian Legend.. It seem to be disjointed.

Still, a terrific movie. And I agree about the musical score. what can be more epic than Wagner?
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Old 9th June 2011, 07:04 PM   #14 (permalink)
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It has it's faults but I'm very fond of this film - great atmosphere and some memorable images. I heard a rumour that this is being remade by Guy Ritchie. Is this true?!?
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Old 9th June 2011, 10:11 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The quality of the sound and cinematography is immense ; arguably unmatched before or since. The definitive take on the Arthurian legend (Python aside) it simply must be watched.
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