Excalibur Poster

Release Date: 1981

PG|1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary
The magical sword of Excalibur starts off in the hands of British lord Uther Pendragon (Gabriel Byrne) and then, years later, finds its way to his bastard son, Arthur (Nigel Terry), the knave destined to become king. Aided by the sorcerer Merlin (Nicol Williamson), Arthur fulfills his fate by bringing together the Knights of the Round Table at Camelot and unifying the country. However, this flawed monarch faces greater tests ahead in pursuit of love, the Holy Grail and his nation's survival.

Cast: Nicol Williamson, Nigel Terry, Dame Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Corin Redgrave, Paul Geoffrey, Patrick Stewart

Director: John Boorman

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy

Production Co: Warner Brothers

Keywords: England, Rivalry, Forbidden love, Rousing

Ratings & Reviews

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  • What a wondrous vision Excalibur is! And what a mess. show more

  • For all its audacity, a misguided folly. show more

  • It must be said that the closing sequence, in which Arthur meets the misbegotten Mordred on an orange battlefield illuminated by a shield-sized red sun, is an epic, Oedipal masterpiece of authentic mythic power, a sequence so strong it shakes the torpor from one's shoulders and induces regret that the rest of the saga has been so juvenile, so lifeless and so lacking poetry or Shakespearean sweep. [11 April 1981]

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Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Cinematography