2004   USA King Arthur
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Director:Antoine Fuqua
Studio:Touchstone / Disney
Writer:David Franzoni
IMDb Rating:6.2 (63,723 votes)
Awards:3 wins & 7 nominations
Genre:Action, Adventure, History
Duration:139 min
Antoine Fuqua  ...  (Director)
David Franzoni  ...  (Writer)
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
Slawomir Idziak  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: Rule Your Fate

Summary: It's got a round table, some knights, and a noble warrior who rises to become King Arthur, but everything else about this revisionist legend is pure Hollywood. That's not such a bad thing if you enjoyed Rob Roy, Braveheart, Gladiator, and Troy, and there's some intriguing potential in presenting the "real" Arthur (played by Clive Owen) as a 5th-century soldier of Rome, assigned to defend Roman-imperial England against a hoard of invading Saxons (led by Stellan Skarsgård in hairy villain mode). As revamped history and "archaeological findings" would have us believe, Guinevere (Keira Knightley) is a warrior babe in face-paint and Lancelot (Ioan Gruffudd) is a nonentity who fades into the woodwork. Never mind! Best to enjoy the harsh, gloomy atmosphere of Irish locations, the ruggedness of Owen and his hearty supporting cast, and the entertaining nonsense of a Jerry Bruckheimer production that strips battle-ready Guinevere down to leather-strap S&M gear while all the men sport full-body armor. Hail to the queen, indeed! --Jeff Shannon

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