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1990s, Sword'n Sandals

Prince Valiant (1997)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) PG
Source of story A comic character, apparently started in 1934 written by Hal Foster, and previous film from 1954.
Writers/Script Michael Frost Beckner, Anthony Hickox, Carsten Lorenz
Additional Info The finished work was apparently recut by the producers while the director was away on his Christmas holidays, removing both humerous and religious content.
Director Anthony Hickox
Starring Stephen Moyer, Katherine Heigl, Thomas Kretschmann, Edward Fox, Joanna Lumley, Ron Perlman, Warwick Davis, Walter Gotell, Chesney Hawkes
Elevator Pitch When Sir Gawain is injured in a tournament his squire takes over and as a result is given the task, by King Arthur, of escorting a princess back to her home in Wales. Meanwhile vikings have stolen Excalibur, and the knights go north thinking it was the Scots. The vikings also capture the princess and so the squire – later revealed to be a viking prince – must go in pursuit.
Content The knights stagger about in armour, the set pieces involving fights with swords and bows and arrows, are connected by cartoons and voice-over. There are scenes in the court of King Arthur and in forests and Welsh hills and in the viking lair. There are some ladies in skanty garments and you see the female star’s bum once. But no sex, no actual nudity, a bit of drinking and some confusion.
A View Unfortunately this is not a fun watch, even for those of us who continue to look for good in films which have been panned. It might have been better before the producers got the scissors out. So all in all it might be better to give it a miss.

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