Excalibur

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Orion Pictures Released 1981

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Director:
John Boorman
Released:
1981
Rating:
R

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.

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      • 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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    Sword & Sorcery, Classics