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2000s, Sword'n Sandals

King Arthur (2004)

Duration 2h 6m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A version of the Arthurian legend
Writers/Script David Franzoni
Additional Info There may be people who do not know about King Arthur, but he has been a legendary figure in UK since the middle ages when the monks at Glastonbury claimed to have found his grave, in a cynical attempt to improve on their tourist trade.
Director Antoine Fuqua
Starring Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Edgerton, Hugh Dancy, Ray Winstone, Keira Knightley, Stephen Dillane, Stellan Skarsgård, Ken Stott
Elevator Pitch Arthur is the leader of a group of “mercenaries” recruited by Rome on a fifteen year contract, but before being released from it they must travel north of Hadrian’s Wall to rescue a Roman family who are threatened by the approach of a Saxon army.
Content Mostly the knights dashing about on horses killing people, including some major set pieces as they confront the Saxons in different environments. There is implied sex and KK looks pretty good in woad.
A View I could not get over the fact that this film wildly manipulates the facts, whether Arthur existed or not. The Romans built Hadrian’s Wall to keep the Celtic tribes out of Britain, so neither the Romans or the Saxons ever went north of it. That said the rest was mostly a bit boring, maybe because the battles were toned down in post production (it is said). There may be better Arthurian films about.

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