King Arthur

July 7th, 2004

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King Arthur

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A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.2/10 (71,352 voted)

Critic's Score: 46/100

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Stars: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley

Based on a more realistic portrayal of "Arthur" than has ever been presented onscreen. The film will focus on the history and politics of the period during which Arthur ruled -- when the Roman empire collapsed and skirmishes over power broke out in outlying countries -- as opposed to the mystical elements of the tale on which past Arthur films have focused.

Clive Owen - Arthur
Ioan Gruffudd - Lancelot
Mads Mikkelsen - Tristram
Joel Edgerton - Gawain
Hugh Dancy - Galahad
Ray Winstone - Bors
Ray Stevenson - Dagonet
Keira Knightley - Guinevere
Stephen Dillane - Merlin
Stellan Skarsgård - Cerdic
Til Schweiger - Cynric
Sean Gilder - Jols
Pat Kinevane - Horton
Ivano Marescotti - Bishop Germanius
Ken Stott - Marius Honorius

Taglines: Rule Your Fate


Official Website: Official DVD Site |

Release Date: 7 July 2004

Filming Locations: Ardmore Studios, Herbert Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

Box Office Details

Budget: $90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $15,193,907 (USA) (11 July 2004) (3086 Screens)

Gross: $203,400,244 (Worldwide) (5 July 2005)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (director's cut)

Did You Know?

Keira Knightley reportedly nearly killed a horse while practicing her archery for the film.

Factual errors: Throughout the movie, the politics of Rome are portrayed as if the Pope ruled the empire: A bishop, rather than a military officer, is sent to deliver the knights' discharges, and the decision to send them on one last mission is made by the Pope alone. In reality, both the Western and Eastern Empires were ruled by Emperors. The Pope, on the other hand, was not even the head of the entire church (let alone an empire) at this time - he was still just the Bishop of Rome. While he was highly regarded by the rest of the bishops in Christendom, it would be another 600 years before the Pope was recognized as the head of the entire church.

[first lines]
Lancelot: [voiceover] By 300 AD, the Roman Empire extended from Arabia to Britain. But they wanted more. More land. More peoples loyal and subservient to Rome. But no people so important as the powerful Sarmatians to the east. Thousands died on that field. And when the smoke cleared on the fourth day...

User Review

The legend?

Rating: 8/10

I have been a huge King Arthur fan ever since the night that I sat in an empty theater, in my hometown, awestruck by John Boorman's Excalibur.

Since then, I have seen the legend of King Arthur mutilated in films such as First Knight and The Mists of Avalon.

My high hopes for the movie, King Arthur, were dashed before the film even opened in theaters, by critics who were panning the movie from advanced screenings.

So, I stayed away while it was in theaters and most definitely passed on special discounts on the week it was released to DVD.

After finally getting around to renting a copy, I am left with just one burning question - Why in the hell do I listen to movie critics? The movie King Arthur has it all - a tight, well written story, believable characters, gritty realism, a great musical score by Hans Zimmer, epic battles, and more blood and splatter than you probably really wanted to see.

The bottom line is that King Arthur is a very good film. No, it's not the mythical Camelot, but it does not try to be. Nor, does it trample all over the name of King Arthur by making him a shallow or less than heroic character.

This is not Braveheart or Gladiator , but it is a film worth seeing and appreciating. Now that I think about, it's worth buying a copy to add to the home video library.

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