Excalibur on VHS. Starring Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Paul Geoffrey, Nicol Williamson. With Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart. Based on the Arthurian legends written by Sir Thomas Malory. Directed by John Boorman. 1981.
From the box:
Forged By A God. Foretold By A Wizard. Found By A King.
All the elements of Sir Thomas Malory’s classic Le Morte Darthur are here: Arthur (Nigel Terry) the boy king, removing the magical sword Excalibur from the stone and setting out to unite the land; the valorous Knights of the Round Table, sworn to the chivalric ideals of truth, courage and purity of heart, but decaying into drunkenness and squabbling; the gallant attempt to restore honor by seeking out the Holy Grail, the cup used by Christ during the Last Supper; and the wizard Merlin (Nicol Williamson) and temptress Morgana (Helen Mirren), medieval alchemists who use their powers to affect the course of human events… but are powerless to prevent the old pagan gods of wood and stream from giving way to the new gods of logic and science.
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