Camelot (1967)

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camelot_redgraveWarner Bros lavished no less than $15 million on this overblown, overstuffed version of the successful Lerner and Loewe Broadway musical.

Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero form the Round Table ménage a trois as King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot, and they are supported by David Hemmings as Mordred, Lawrence Naismith as Merlin and Lionel Jeffries as King Pellinore.

The acting is fine, but no one really does justice to the memorable songs, and the sets and costumes look decidedly tacky. They are not enhanced, either, by director Joshua Logan’s vulgar use of colour filters.

There’s also some very sloppy continuity work. King Pellinore meets King Arthur for the first time about an hour into the picture, yet about 20 minutes earlier he can be clearly spotted at Arthur’s wedding!

King Arthur
Richard Harris
Queen Guinevere
Vanessa Redgrave
Lancelot Du Lac
Franco Nero
Mordred
David Hemmings
King Pellinore
Lionel Jeffries
Merlin
Laurence Naismith
Dap
Pierre Olaf
Lady Clarinda
Estelle Winwood
Sir Lionel
Gary Marshall
Sir Dinaden
Anthony Rogers
Sir Sagramore
Peter Bromilow
Lady Sybil
Sue Casey

Director
Joshua Logan