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A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995)

Joss Ackland , Kate Winslet , Elemer Ragalyi , Michael Gottlieb  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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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 (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089779
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,660 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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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!

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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calvin's journey is amazing! August 10, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, family fun movie. March 1, 2001
By Rebecca
Format:VHS Tape
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beaut December 27, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Your really have to see this movie it has love, happyness, sad and sapp
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and very fun to watch. April 11, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I enjoyed this sample of Kate Winslet's early work. At the end when she reveals herself as the Black Knight, my 12-year-old grandaughter stood up and shouted "KATE SHINES!!!!" My sentiments exactly. Kate has such screen presence, she is like a magnet. It is interesting to see the early work of an actress before the blockbuster success Titanic. She's a treasure, able to analyze and interpret human emotion for all of us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advanced My VHS into the DVD Era March 21, 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The movie was clear and the sound was brilliant, considering the age of the movie and the prior format being VHS! It was fantastic to watch this classic again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Kid not in King Arthur's Court January 25, 2005
I saw this movie while flipping through tv stations late one night, actually it was early in the morning. It said King Arthur in the title, so me being a fan of Arthurian legend, and having apparently missed this movie from '95. I had some problems with it.

So the "kid" in question is playing baseball. Apparently he is not very good at it (ie: strikes out a lot). After he strikes out to his arch-baseball-rival-pitcher-guy, a big gigantic earthquake came and sucked him into a big whole which apparently is some sort of inside-earth-time-wormhole, or something. They don't really explain that, well it's a kids movie, so I will give them that one for free. Anyways, he gets spat out in the medieaval ages in "Camelot." A few items about King Arthur and his family, Arthur never reached old age, in this movie he appeared as a grandfather figure. And he also didn't have two daughters (he had one son, Mordred) as in this movie.

Well, most of the movie is spent with the people from that era usually the nobility and knights and Arthur's one daughter who is the kid's age, oggling at his backpack (which he lukily brought with him) of futuristic "wonders" and they have a jolly good time. But he wants to get back home. Where's Merlin, oh, he's a willy old face in a well. Yep. So he gets about a days worth of knight training from a non-realistic generous knight and suddenly he's a master fighter and jouster as seen later in the film.

Anyways, the movie ends with him getting back and his new love (Arthur's daughter) and Arthur being in the real world with him (yeah, like Arthur would leave his kingdom for some kid) and he's sent back before the infamous strike out. Blah blah blah.

All in all, kids may be impressed and like this movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it then and I love it now
I saw this movie when it came out in the '90s. I loved it then and I love it now! Bonus points for young Kate Winslet and Daniel Craig!
Published 9 days ago by K. Herndon
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie!!
I absolutely loved this movie as a kid so to find on DVD I was so excited to watch it!! I know my inner kiddo was just so psyched lol.
Published 5 months ago by doublejbarl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great childhood movie!
It made go back to my childhood, I felt 7 again. Probably the VHS i had broke down from seeing this movie too many times hahaha
Published 7 months ago by Pablo Honorato
5.0 out of 5 stars So good, so good
A childhood classic, this film is even more hilarious later in life. I completely forgot that James Bond (Daniel Craig) was in this thing. Love this movie, wish it were on Blu-Ray
Published 10 months ago by Josh Webb
4.0 out of 5 stars good flick
The product was as described and manufactured to better than expected quality. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something like this.
Published 11 months ago by 1923star
4.0 out of 5 stars good cartoon/kid movie from the mind of disney
this is one of my christmas list items and it was a very good item at a good price, thank you. this is the tv show from when i was a kid and they are not so bad as are the ones on... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Debbie Gates
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased!
This is precisely what I wanted. I'm rebuilding my movie collection, transitioning from VHS format to DVD and I needed this one. I never get tired of watching it.
Published 17 months ago by Paul R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
My granson loves the movie. He saw movie on TV before and is grateful he has one of his own now. Watches it all the time.
Published 18 months ago by Kathleen M. Larson
4.0 out of 5 stars Stars on the rise populate this classic
Thomas Ian Nicholas is not he only star of this classic retelling of A Yankee in King Arthur's court. Read more
Published 19 months ago by J. P. Waldron
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kid in King Arthur's Court
I bought this for a friend who lives in an Assisted Living Facility. It was packaged perfectly and arrived in perfect condition. She loves the movie.
Published 20 months ago by Patt Streeter
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