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King Arthur (2004)

Rule your fate.

Original Title : King Arthur
Director : Antoine Fuqua
Writer : David Franzoni (II)
Genre : Action
Adventure/Drama
Country : USA
Ireland
Language : English
Producer : Jerry Bruckheimer , Ned Dowd , James Flynn (IV) , Bruce Moriarty , Morgan O'Sullivan , Chad Oman , Selwyn Roberts , Pat Sandston , Mike Stenson , Paul Tucker (IV)
Music : Maire Brennan
Nick Glennie-Smith
Rupert Gregson-Williams
Trevor Morris (I)
Hans Zimmer
Photography : Slawomir Idziak
Distributor : Buena Vista Pictures [us]
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13
IMDB ID : 0349683
Official site : http://kingarthur.movies.go.com/main.html
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Starring

Clive Owen Arthur
Ioan Gruffudd Lancelot
Mads Mikkelsen Tristan
Joel Edgerton Gawain
Hugh Dancy Galahad
Ray Winstone Bors
Ray Stevenson Dagonet
Keira Knightley Guinevere
Stephen Dillane Merlin
Stellan Skarsgård Cerdic
Til Schweiger Cynric
Sean Gilder Jols
Pat Kinevane Horton
Ivano Marescotti Bishop Germanius
Ken Stott Marius Honorius
Lorenzo De Angelis Alecto
Stefania Orsola Garello Fulcinia
Alan Devine British Scout
Charlie Creed-Miles Ganis
Johnny Brennan Lucan
David Murray VI
Ned Dennehy Mental Monk
Phelim Drew Obnoxious Monk
Des Braiden Third Monk
Malachy McKenna Cerdic's Scout
Brian McGuinness Cerdic Officer
Patrick Leech Cerdic Officer
Bosco Hogan Bishop Decoy
David Wilmot I
Lochlainn O'Mearain Roman Commander (as Lochlann O'Mearain
Paul McGlinchey Mercenary
Dessie Gallagher Mercenary
Maria Gladkowska Arthur's Mother
Shane Murray-Corcoran Young Arthur
Daire McCormack Agustus
Dawn Bradfield Vanora
Lesley Ann Shaw Scottish Village Girl (as Lesley-Ann Shaw
Joe McKinney II
Gerry O'Brien Woad Advisor
Brian Condon Cerdic Bodyguard
Donncha Crowley Monk
Chick Allen Saxon
Elliot Henderson-Boyle Young Lancelot
Clive Russell Lancelot's Father
Stephanie Putson Lancelot's Mother
Graham McTavish Roman Officer
 

Plot

The Roman Empire is stretched across many nations, including Britain. In their conquest for more land, the Romans went into Sarmatia where they fought the very brave Sarmatian cavalery. The Romans, impressed by the Sarmatian's weaponery and fighting skills, included them into their army as knights. After 15 years of serving and fighting for the Roman Empire the Sarmatian Knights, lead by Arthur/Artorious Castus, are about to receive their freedom as the Romans are leaving Britain. But the Knights must carry out one final order before they are free. A Roman priest and his family, especially his son Alecto, must be rescued from the invading Saxons. But there is another danger lurking on the road to freedom - the Woads, British rebels who hate the Romans.
 

Comments

Here are the facts about the "Age of Arthur." The Roman legions pulled out in 410 (over 50 years before this film's period). The Saxons were INVITED by King Vortigern in 449 as mercenaries against invading Irish, Scots and Picts (note: they were NOT called "Woads.") Saxons were NOT mono-syllabic troglodytes, but actually warrior-farmers with a sophisticated culture. After a few generations, the Angles and Saxons - led by Cerdic of Wessex - came into conflict with the Romano-Celts, led by Ambrosius Aurelianus. Artorius (Arthur) was apparently one of Ambrosius' generals. He fought ten battles against the Germanic tribes, culminating in the Battle of Badon sometime between 500 and 510 (40-50 years AFTER this film's period). NONE of this information came out in this film. I am somewhat familiar with the "Sarmatian" legend, but there is little evidence for it (in fact, Roman legionaries in Britain came from all over the Empire). As "history," this film gets an "F". As entertainment...? The characters were shallow, the acting was amateurish, and the dialogue was plodding and trite. As a "found comedy," it works rather well - I found myself laughing through most of it. As a serious film and an attempt to portray "history," however, it is seriously flawed. Skip this one and read "Crystal Cave" or "Mists of Avalon" instead.
 
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