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First Knight (1995)

Cast: Greg Powell, Greg Powell, Bob Anderson, more...
Director: Jerry Zucker, Jerry Zucker
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Costume Drama/Period Piece, Adventure
Running Time: 133 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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The tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is always ripe for retelling. In this rendition, the sexy Richard Gere is Sir Lancelot, threatening to supersede the aging King Arthur (Sean Connery) by winning the love of his young wife Guinivere (Julia Ormond). This update of the age-old legend succeeds on the strength of Gere's happy-go-lucky sex appeal, Ormond's gorgeous period costuming, and Connery's unbeatable wry nobility. The script focuses on the triangle of the three principals: the older man's reluctance to relinquish his love and power to the younger man destined to supplant him; the young woman torn between her loyalty to her aged husband and her love for his rival; the young man balancing the demands of loyalty to his sovereign with the rewards of true love. This beautiful production forgoes the legend's usual elements of magic and fantasy, leaving Merlin the Magician completely out of the picture. ~ Laura Abraham, All Movie Guide

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Sir Richard? by MLaRue July 31, 2006 - 9:23 PM PDT
The casting director of the limp Arthurian tale should be shot by one of those anachronistic crossbows of First Knight. Richard Gere in the Middle Ages? Who was smoking mugwart with that call. I had never heard of this remake before viewing this lousy movie, and still can not seem to wrap my head around the fact that it was made in 1995! Just two years before Bravehart. The entire movie felt like a middle school drama complete with tin foil clad knights. Stick to the original.

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4Gradalis - A quest for the best King Arthur Movie
Yes, Gradalis, I was the one who posted that question, not so long ago. Your reply sent me into a reverie of the echoes of coconut hooves, galloping down memory lane. Additional suggestions welcome!

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