Excalibur

Released 1981

Director: John Boorman

Rating: R

Studio: Orion Pictures

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  • Excalibur brings the classic tale of King Arthur to the screen in the film adaptation of the 15th century romance Le Morte d'Arthur. The famed sword Excalibur has been encased in stone for years, waiting for the next king to manage to withdraw it. When Arthur pulls the sword from the stone at a jousting match, the young man is proclaimed heir to the throne. As Arthur works to united the land, which has been divided by years of unrest and civil war, he meets Guenevere, who will be his queen, and Lancelot, a powerful knight who has pledged his sword to Arthur. When the two betray Arthur, he is heartbroken and is seduced by a powerful spell cast by his half-sister Morgana. The result is a terrible curse on the land that brings famine and sickness; only the Holy Grail can restore the kingdom.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nigel Terry

    King Arthur

  • Helen Mirren

    Morgana

  • Nicholas Clay

    Lancelot

  • Nicol Williamson

    Merlin

  • Cherie Lunghi

    Guenevere

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    User Score: 42

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  • Notes (6)

    • Production Budget - $11,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $34,967,437 (18th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $102,638,232

    • Other production companies:
      Warner Bros. (distributor)

    • Filming locations include:
      County Kerry, Ireland
      County Tipperary, Ireland
      County Wicklow, Ireland
      Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland
      Roundwood, County Wicklow, Ireland

    • Taglines:
      1. Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a king.
      2. No mortal could possess it! No kingdom could command it!

    • Music:
      Prelude to Parsifal
      by Richard Wagner
      Specially recorded by London Philharmonic Orchestra
      Conducted by Norman Del Mar
      Prelude to Tristan and Isolde
      by Richard Wagner
      Specially recorded by London Philharmonic Orchestra
      Conducted by Norman Del Mar
      Siegfried's Funeral March from The Ring
      by Richard Wagner
      Specially recorded by London Philharmonic Orchestra
      Conducted by Norman Del Mar
      O Fortuna (from Carmina Burana)
      by Carl Orff
      Performed by The Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
      Conducted by Herbert Kegel

    • Academy Awards Nomination:
      1. Cinematography

      BAFTA Nominations:
      1. Costume Design

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