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Excalibur

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Original title
Excalibur
Year
Running time
140 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Rospo Pallenberg, John Boorman
Music
Trevor Jones
Cinematography
Alex Thomson
Cast
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Producer
Co-production GB-USA; Orion Pictures / WB
Genre
Adventure. Fantasy. Drama | Medieval Fantasy. Sword and Sorcery
Movie Groups
King Arthur
New
Synopsis / Plot
Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a King. An epic tale steeped in magic, Excalibur chronicles the life of Arthur beginning with his birth and ending with his climactic battle with his illegitimate son, the evil Mordred. At first, Necromancer Merlin (Nicol Williamson) offers the magic sword Excalibur to the warlike Uther Pendragon (Gabriel Byrne) in exchange for a promise that he'll make peace with his enemy, the duke of Cornwall (Corin Redgrave). He agrees but breaks his word after catching sight of Cornwall's wife, Igraine (Katrine Boorman). With the magician's help he makes love to the woman in the guise of her husband. She bears a child, Arthur, who is taken by Merlin as payment for his assistance and left in the care of Ector (Clive Swift). Years pass, and the boy, now a humble squire, pulls Excalibur from the stone in which Uther had sunk it--a task no other could accomplish. With Merlin's counsel, he marries the stunning Guenevere (Cherie Lunghi), finds a champion in Sir Lancelot (Nicholas Clay), subdues the skirmishing knights, and builds the Round Table to unite them. Yet his half-sister, Morgana (Helen Mirren), lurks in the shadows, preparing to poison her brother's reign.
Awards
1981: Nominated for Oscar: Best Cinematography
1981: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Costume Design
1981: Cannes Film Festival: Best Artistic Contribution. Official Selection
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