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Return to those days of old when knights were bold and baseball ruled the land. Baseball? It's Camelot meets the sandlot in Disney's A KID IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT, the hilarious update of Mark Twain's timeless "A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court." To 14-year-old little leaguer Calvin Fuller, life is like one big strikeout when he lets his team down. Then an earthquake sends him through a magical time rift, and he finds himself in King Arthur's court. But all is not well with the realm. An aged King Arthur is in danger of losing control to the evil Lord Belasco, and now it's up to Calvin to save the kingdom. But before he can find a way to vanquish Belasco, he must first find a way to conquer his own fears. Now you can own Disney's marvelous mixture of medieval myth and modern mirth that will have the whole family cheering!

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Faith in oneself is crucial but often difficult to develop. Calvin Fuller (Thomas Ian Nicholas), a misfit from the 20th-century "Knights" baseball team, lacks self-confidence. Imagine his alarm when he's sucked into the Middle Ages to answer the wizard Merlin's (Ron Moody) plea for a "Knight" to save King Arthur and Camelot from the scheming Lord Belasco (Art Malik). Intense culture shock befalls all involved as a bewildered Calvin dines on pig snouts and learns to lance while King Arthur (Joss Ackland) and his court members are confounded by 20th-century inventions like rock & roll and roller-blading. Eventually, Calvin's interactions with the king and his court spark a journey of personal growth that leads to love and a newfound confidence that enables him to help King Arthur, Princesses Katey (Paloma Baeza) and Sarah (Kate Winslet), and Camelot as a whole. Will Calvin's confidence accompany him back to the 20th-century? Loosely based on Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. (Ages 5 and older) --Tami Horiuchi


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  • Actors: Joss Ackland, Kate Winslet, Paloma Baeza, Art Malik, Thomas Ian Nicholas
  • Directors: Elemer Ragalyi, Michael Gottlieb
  • Writers: Michael Part, Robert L. Levy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089779
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,894 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Kid in King Arthur's Court" on IMDb

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Haley Anne on August 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
No matter how many times I watch this movie, or the older I get, I am still in love with it! Being a fan of the time of King Arthur, and time travel without the use of science fiction novel tactics, this movie was a thrill for me to watch!
The lead character, Calvin, is a less than popular guy back in his home town of Receda, California. When he is suddenly thrown through time with the help of Merlin, he finds himself in a completely different world. Although the plot doesn't exactly follow any of the stories of King Arthur (i.e. King Aurthur and Guinevere never had any kids, obviously. She ran away w/ Lancelot) but it has the romantic appeal of the time period, and Calvin's friendships with the king and his youngest daughter, Princess Catherine are wonderful! As it goes on, his character flaws are sraightened out and he becomes a stronger person, faced with many tasks most persons never endure. The final scene's tie it all together until he finally goes home, and realizes he can be the person he aspires to.
The film is absolutely wonderful with the adventure, romance, and humor tying togther to make a memorable occassion. I strongly suggest A Kid in King Arthur's Court to anyone who wants a great time, a laugh and a smile!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. on August 10, 2000
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Okay so Calvin isn't the smartest, bravest, coolest kid in his hometown, Receda. But after he loses a baseball game for his team the Knights he is magically transported back in time to the days of King Arthur. A place where is 20th century knowlege and courage is all that can protect him. WHen he finds out that Merlin himself was the one that brought him hear he is shocked (and so is Merlin) that Calvin is supposed to be a Hero that will save King Arthur's Kingdom. Will Calivn suceed? Or is he better of in the 20th century. If you like Midevil tales and kid flicks you should see this movie. Hey, Cal isn't that bad looking either =)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on March 1, 2001
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Thomas Ian Nicholas is awesome in A KID IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT. He's very talented, and so is the rest of this cast. This movie is basically about a kid who lives in a town called Roceda, in California (I think). Anyway, during a Little League baseball game, Calvin (which is the kid's name) goes up to bat - and shaking all over in fear, of course - and almost instantly strikes out. While heading back to the bench, an earthquake starts to rumble, and everybody races out of the bench...except for Calvin. Instead, Calvin is magically transported back in the time of King Arthur! Once he gets there, Calvin meets Merlin, who sent him there by accident (thinking that Calvin was a knight because his baseball team was called the Knights). But when Calvin explains that he's not a real knight, Merlin tells him that Calvin "will do" and Calvin now must save the Kingdom of Camelot from the evil Lord Belasco who wants to try and take over the kingdom by trying to marry Princess Sarah (Kate Winslet), King Arthur's oldest daughter! Also, while helping King Arthur, Calvin of course, falls in love with King Arthur's youngest daughter, Princess Katie. (And before Calvin got transported back to the Middle Ages, he of course manages to retrieve his backpack full of modern-day items such as a CD Walkman and rollerblades, which he uses to impress the people of the Middle Ages.) This is a great film for all ages and kids find it quite entertaining (in fact, so did I - and I'm 17 years old!). It's really exciteding and fun to see Kate Winslet and Thomas Ian Nicholas playing roles in their earlier years of filming...and this movie is really funny, too.
P.S.: If you love Thomas Ian Nicholas, then check out these other great Thomas Ian Nicholas Flicks: ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, A KID IN ALADDIN'S PALACE, and AMERICAN PIE. And, if you love Kate Winslet, then check out these other Kate Winslet Flicks: SENSE AND SENSIBLITY, QUILLS (her new movie...still playing in theaters), and of course, TITANIC.
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Calvin Fuller (Thomas Ian Nichols) has just lost the big baseball game for his little league team, the Reseda Knights. The worse part is, he didn't even try but just stood there as he struck out. Just as he's returning to the dug out, an earthquake hits, and Calvin is swallowed by the giant hole that opens in the ground.

To his surprise, Calvin lands in 6th century England. Because his appearance foiled the Black Knight, Calvin is hailed as a hero by the aging King Arthur (Joss Ackland).

However, all is not rosy in Camelot. Lord Belasco (Art Malik) has turned the people against Arthur and plans to get his hands on the crown by whatever means he can. In fact, this is the very reason that Merlin (Ron Moody) has summoned Calvin. But Calvin is a kid who can't even muster the courage to swing a bat. Can he find the courage to defeat the evil Belasco?

I first saw this movie when it was in the theater and loved it. I hadn't seen it since but rewatched it recently. It lost some of its charm in those years, but it was still plenty fun. Based loosely on a Mark Twain classic, it keeps the action moving forward. There were lots of laughs as Calvin tried to explain himself in the historical setting. The movie is predictable, but that doesn't really dampen any of the fun. Some of the scenes of special effects haven't aged well, but all the actors take it seriously enough to make that a minor point.

This will easily entertain kids. Parents will find it amusing if not as captivating as their kids will.
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