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Release Date: December 15th, 2002

DVD Release Date: July 11th, 2000

R|2 hr 25 min

Plot Summary
Billy (Ed Harris) is the undisputed leader of a roving band of hardened bikers who support themselves by jousting at medieval fairs and selling their intricately designed wares. As their fearsome reputation and popularity grow, commercial pressures begin tearing the tightly knit group apart. Despite Billy's attempts to maintain his noble and chivalrous vision, his star performer (Gary Lahti) entertains outside offers, while his arch-rival, Morgan (Tom Savini), prepares for a final battle.

Cast: Ed Harris, Gary Lahti, Tom Savini, Amy Ingersoll, Patricia Tallman, Christine Forrest

Director: George A. Romero

Genres: Drama

Keywords: House, Passionate, Brooding, Love interest, Small town, Transformation, Suspenseful, Rivalry, School

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Because it attempts so much more than Excalibur, the disappointment of Knightriders cuts deeper. Romero wants to tell the tale, to comment on it and to relate it to the present; he wants to bring contemporary satirical life to the myth, a service he performed cannily for the Dracula legend in Martin. [18 April 1981]

  • It's hokey as hell in parts, and the director sometimes shows an uncertainty in tone (resulting in some performances which are pitched a little too broadly) but those imperfections lend an endearing quality to the film. show more

  • The brilliance of Knightriders—and it is a brilliant film, even though no one paid it much attention when it was released in 1981—is that Romero clearly identifies with King William, yet doesn’t lionize him. show more

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