D: John Boorman
Warner Bros./Orion (John Boorman)
UK/USA 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 1981
W: Rospo Pallenberg & John Boorman [based on the book "Le Morte d'Arthur" by Thomas Malory]
DP: Alex Thomson
Ed: John Merritt
Mus: Trevor Jones
PD: Anthony Pratt
Cos: Bob Ringwood
Nigel Terry (King Arthur), Nicol Williamson (Merlin), Helen Mirren (Morgana Le Fay), Nicholas Clay (Sir Lancelot), Cherie Lunghi (Queen Guinevere), Liam Neeson (Sir Gawain), Patrick Stewart (King Leondegrance)
Handsomely photographed and impeccably made version of the Arthurian legend of the magical sword with all the usual fabled characters and plotlines, Merlin, Uther Pendragon, the Holy Grail and King Arthur himself.
Though it's a visual treat, a long running time and slightly miscast performances lessen the impact it could have had, despite its technical brilliance. Bigger name actors in the lead roles could have made this a real cinema classic, but it's still a fine return to form for director John Boorman after his incredibly disappointing sequel to The Exorcist.