“A dream to some, a nightmare to others”: “Excalibur” at 40
This movie has always stuck with me because it has a very particular atmosphere, a real sense of dread and mystique. They really did a fantastic job of integrating magical elements without sacrificing any of its edge (the music helped a lot with this, too). Injuries also felt really nasty and realistic.
Just look at that cast.Helen Mirren. Ciaran Hinds. Patrick Stewart. Gabriel Byrne. Liam Neeson. etc.
As an AD&D obsessed kid in the early 80s Excalibur was my favorite swords/sorcery film back then right beside Conan the Barbarian. Dragonslayer follows these two.
Nicol Williamson will always be MY Merlin. And a smokin Helen Mirren as Morgan Le Fay 😳.edit: indeed took out 'young' as pointed out. Helen is smokin at any time.
My Grandma took me to see this when I was nine. She called the theatre and they assured her it was kid-friendly. My younger brother had nightmares about a naked Lancelot with a sword impaled through him for weeks.
Fantastic use of classical music in this film
Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha.
To date, this remains the best King Arthur movie.
"STAND BACK! Be silent! Be still!... That's it... and look upon this moment. Savor it! Rejoice with great gladness! Great gladness! Remember it always, for you are joined by it. You are One, under the stars. Remember it well, then... this night, this great victory. So that in the years ahead, you can say, 'I was there that night, with Arthur, the King!' For it is the doom of men that they forget."
King Arthur rides into battle one last time as O Fortuna starts playing.“Guards! Knights! Squires! Prepare for battle!”Fucking gets me every time.
It’s a great film, and it’s fun watching Gabriel Byrne, Patrick Stewart, and Liam Neeson in some early roles. A young Helen Mirren is a big plus as well.
Charley Boorman the son of the director John Boorman played Modred
"I never knew how empty was my soul...until it was filled again!"So many eloquent quotes in this masterpiece.
"I have walked my way since the beginning of time. Sometimes I give, sometimes I take. It is mine to know which and where."
Behold Excalibur! The sword of power! Forged when birds and beasts and flower were One with Man, and death was but a dream!
I try to slip in the Charm of Making every where I can.Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh!
I watched this as a kid and it has stuck with me my entire life. The best king Arthur film.
I was not born to live a man's life, but to be the stuff of future memory. The fellowship of the Round Table was a brief beginning, a fair time that cannot be forgotten. And because it will not be forgotten that fair time may come again. Now once more I must ride with my knights to defend what was... and the dream of what could be.
_Excalibur_ is the _2001_ of King Arthur movies.
Too me this is the greatest King Arthur movie. None made before or after seemed to quite capture the mythology.
I was one of those lucky kids that managed to get in regardless of the R rating and boy was I absolutely mesmerized by the film. Now I'm 55 and have watched it well over 100 times and the film has never never bored me. My absolute favourite, right next to Lawrence of Arabia. I know what I'm watching tonight...
This movie is superb. Watched it many times as a ten yrs old on the Saturday late movie on ABC
Love this movie best king arthur movie I think so epic with the music an locations. The dialogue is choppy but I still love it. When he tells her I'll find you in another life...right in my heart
First sex scene I ever saw
This, Legend, and literally any other 80s fantasy movie..they all felt so magical. Maybe because of all the practical effects.
im in the dream team. Something about this movie blows my mind . I think it is its dream like feel but over the top delivery ...it just kinda blows me away.
Loved this film ever since I saw it first when I was around six or seven. Got me into dramatic wagnerian music and granted me a series of teenage awakenings courtesy of Katrine Boorman and Helen Mirren.Also tried to get an actor I was directing as Prospero to do the role like Merlin in this film. He flat out refused and said the film was 'gay' the barbarian.
I fucking love this movie and it’s not talked about enough, so many good actors in it my only complaint is the swords look cheap but for being a pre Lotr fantasy film it definitely fits then term epic in my opinion, hell you could argue their hasn’t been an good or epic fantasy films post lotr either.
The most beautiful movie ever made IMO. The whole thing plays like a barely coherent fever dream, but damn is it gorgeous.
There’s just something special about fantasy/sword & sorcery movies that were made in the 80s.
Its a shame to review Excalibur and not mention Terry English , who did the armour. Amazing work (he did Aliens as well).
I still think its a great movie