Sword Of Lancelot

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Lancelot is King Arthur’s most valued Knight of the Round Table and a paragon of courage and virtue. , however, when he falls in love with Queen Guinevere.

ACTORS :  Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Brian Aherne

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1963

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Sword Of Lancelot  Lancelot is King Arthur’s most valued Knight of the Round Table and a paragon of courage and virtue. Things change, however, when he falls in love with Queen Guinevere.

One of the few medieval epics scripted for an adult audience.

Sword Of Lancelot  A good action film that is reasonably faithful to the Arthurian legends as interpreted (and sometimes actually written) by Thomas Malory in the 15th century. The addition of the “Viking Invasion” dates only to the movie itself, but provides for some good action sequences. And action is the hallmark of this movie. The battle scenes are very well done and the arms and armor (except for the Vikings’ horned helmets) are reasonably authentic for the late 11th century. The individual sword fights seem like hard and deadly work—-no dancing and prancing or choreographed acrobatics as in most films of this genre. Just clanging metal and men straining in their armor, with gory and graphically depicted consequences.

The film is indeed part soap opera, as is the Lancelot/Guinevere part of the Arthurian Cycle, but these interludes are done in a matter of fact, rather stark manner. This and the copious action scenes make for a fast moving, absorbing pace with little down time. The dialogue is a bit clipped and less theatrical than in most epics but this only adds to its realistic qualities.

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Well they sure don’t make films like this anymore and I agree with the comment this film rocks! The battle scenes alone were way ahead of there time with gore and spectacle. It was the first time I had ever seen a man cut in half by a sword. It shocked me! I saw this film for the first time when I was a kid and it has stayed with me through the years.

It has solid acting by Cornel and cast. Indeed when I think of the Lancelot I don’t think anyone portrayed the medieval knight better. This was one of the movies that once you started watching it you where glued to the screen. A great period piece. If you have seen this movie and enjoyed Cornel’s acting the films The Naked Prey and Gargoyles (a made for TV movie) definitely made a splash !

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