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Excalibur (1981)

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excalibur_002This vivid and passionate telling of the Arthurian legend from director John Boorman is a thoroughly convincing visualisation of the Knights of the Round Table myth within Dark Ages history.

Masterfully intermingling fable and magic with a gritty reality, Boorman explores the cosmic duality of good versus evil, paganism versus Christianity, mighty Merlin versus malevolent sorceress Morgana, with eccentric élan.

The search for the Holy Grail and the final battle are simply stunning sequences, and, while the dizzying pace leaves scant time for proper characterisation, Nicol Williamson, Nigel Terry and Helen Mirren (pictured below right) make their mark.

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Nigel Terry
Morgana
Helen Mirren
Merlin
Nicol Williamson
Lancelot
Nicholas Clay
Guenevere
Cherie Lunghi
Perceval
Paul Geoffrey
Mordred
Robert Addie
Uther Pendragon
Gabriel Byrne
Uryens
Keith Buckley
Igrayne
Katrine Boorman
Gawain
Liam Neeson
Duke of Cornwall
Corin Redgrave
Kay
Niall O’Brien
Leondegrance
Patrick Stewart

Director
John Boorman

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