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King Arthur: the Young Warlord

1975, regia di Sidney Hayers, Pat Jackson, Peter Sasdy


Scheda: Nazione: GB - Produttore esecutivo: Patrick Dromgoole - Distribuzione: American Home Entertainment, Heritage Enterprises Inc. - Formato: Color; da una serie tv - Durata: 95'.

Cast: Oliver Tobias, John Watson, Michael Gothard, Brian Blessed, Peter Firth, Gila von Weitershausen, Rupert Davies, Georg Marischka, Donald Burton, Michael Graham Cox, Norman Bird.


Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - «The adventures of a young Arthur, before he became king, are recounted. My source for this one claimed it was a British TV Movie. Maybe so, but on viewing, I began to detect that unmistakable odor of episodes of a TV series edited together to form a movie. You know the sense; that feeling that you're watching a series of disconnected stories without any real overriding arc. And, sure enough, that's just what this is; it was edited from several episodes of a series called Arthur and the Britons. It doesn't appear to be a bad series; the whole thing kept me well entertained, and the performances are all very good, with Jack Watson (as Arthur's iron-armed sidekick Llud) and Brian Blessed (as rival warlord Mark of Cornwall) particularly memorable; the latter (who, to my mind, is notoriously given to overacting) is only over-the-top during the opening story. Then there's the issue of the fantastic content to deal with. The basic legend of King Arthur has ample fantastic content, what with the Excalibur story and Merlin the magician coming to mind. However, the only character from Arthurian legends here is Arthur himself, and everything is done in a realistic mode; in other words, no magic or other fantastic elements. If the whole King Arthur story qualifies, this movie might qualify as borderline fantasy; as it is, it's more historical fiction...» (Dave Sindelar).




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