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Excalibur (1981 film)

3 Ratings: 4.3
Director John Boorman's 1981 fantasy film based on Arthurian legend.

   Excalibur is a 1981 medieval fantasy film directed by John Boorman (Deliverance and Zardoz) and is a retelling of Arthurian legend based on Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory. The film was a lifelong dream for Boorman who had been … see full wiki

Director: John Boorman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Release Date: 1981
MPAA Rating: R
3 reviews about Excalibur (1981 film)
Quick Tip by . September 08, 2011
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Arguably the most ambitious theatrical film to take on the Arthurian legend, director John Boorman's 1981 epic Excalibur is in reality something of a mess, but a beautiful one. I'm going to preface the rest of this analysis by saying that I intend to focus on the flaws because most of the reviews elsewhere on the internet tend to be favorable.         Despite the fact that it was made on a relatively small budget, the film boasts glorious cinematography, impressive …
review by . July 09, 2005
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John Boorman's epic classic of the "Dark Ages" needs no more accolades, but in serving repetition, his "EXCALIBUR" remains the supreme enactment of the Arthurian legend!    Tennyson wrote in "Idylls of the King, The Passing of Arthur":     "...To whom replied King Arthur, much in wrath:  Ah miserable, and unkind, untrue,  Unknightly, traitor-heated! Woe is me!  Authority forgets a dying king,  Laid widow'd of the power …
review by . May 23, 2004
At times the acting pushes the envelope a bit, especially Nigel Terry in the title role. But Helen Mirren defines erotic evil as Morganna, while Cherie Lunghi is equally appealing as the fair wife of Arthur.Forget the Disney-fied versions elsewhere, this is a telling of the Arthurian legend that is faithful to the ages. The cinematography is first rate, and the musical score with selections from Carl Orff's Carmena Burana is perfect! Given that this version is 20 years old now, it's a blast to see …
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