The Sword In the Stone

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Walt Disney Productions Released 1963

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Director:
Wolfgang Reitherman
Released:
1963
Rating:
G

The Sword in the Stone is the classic Disney take on the legend of King Arthur. Arthur, called Wart by those who see to his limited care in the orphanage, has high hopes of becoming a knight one day. With the way things are unfolding, it seems more likely he barely become a squire, until one day he meets an absent-minded sorcerer name Merlin. Arthur is fascinated by Merlin and his wise owl, Archimedes, and Merlin takes a liking to the young boy, too. So much so, that he decides to give the boy an education. Merlin and Archimedes move into a decrepit tower in the castle where Arthur lives and they go on adventures that ultimately prepare Arthur for the future. Merlin can see Arthur's great destiny and has him properly prepared for the tournament that will determine who may be able to pull the sword from the stone that unite all of England. Can Arthur be that contender? Will Merlin and Archimedes' lessons take shape in Arthur young mind?

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  • 90

    The New York Times Bosley Crowther

    The picture makes an eye-filling package of rollicking fun and thoughtful common sense. The humor sparkles with real, knowing sophistication.

  • 70

    Variety

    It emerges as a tasty confection.

  • 60

    Empire William Thomas

    Disney's adaptation of the first book in T. W. White's colourful Arthurian trilogy The Once And Future King (which also served as the source for the musical Camelot) is formulaic m...

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