Excalibur (1981)

Excalibur (1981)

Excalibur (1981)

Fantasy adventure based on the tale of King Arthur (Nigel Terry) who, with the aid of the wizard Merlin, pulled the mystical sword Excalibur buried in stone to become King of England and gatherered the Knights of the Round Table. From Oscar-nominated director John Boorman (Deliverance) with appearances from blooming talent Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson and Patrick Stewart.

1981Rating: M, Violence140 minsUSA, UK
AdventureDramaFantasy
Director:
John Boorman ('Deliverance', 'Hope and Glory', 'The Tailor of Panama')
Writer:
Rospo PallenbergJohn Boorman
Cast:
Nigel TerryHelen MirrenNicholas ClayCherie LunghiPaul GeoffreyNicol Williamson

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Excalibur (1981) / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Exquisite, a near-perfect blend of action, romance, fantasy and philosophy, finely acted and beautifully filmed by director John Boorman and cinematographer Alex Thomson.

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Time Out

Time Out

For all its audacity, a misguided folly.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Mr. Boorman takes these myths very seriously, but he has used them with a pretentiousness that obscures his vision.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

What a wondrous vision Excalibur is! And what a mess.

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