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The Black Shield of Falworth (2010)

Tony Curtis , Janet Leigh , Rudolph Mate  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, David Farrar, Barbara Rush, Herbert Marshall
  • Directors: Rudolph Mate
  • Writers: Oscar Brodney
  • Producers: Robert Arthur, Melville Tucker
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033PSH86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,065 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Black Shield of Falworth" on IMDb

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In The Black Shield of Falworth, Tony Curtis woos his real-life bride Janet Leigh, while defending the British throne in a swashbucking tale filled with joust, jests and medieval heroics. The time is England in the reign of King Henry IV. Miles (Curtis) is a headstrong, handsome peasant determined to learn the name of his slain father and discover his true heritage. His fiery ambition and swift sword lead him to the majestic MacWorth Castle. There he must vie for both knighthood as well as the hand of the fair Lady Anne (Leigh), but her love is claimed by the evil, conniving Sir Walter Blount. All the while the English throne is being challenged to the death - from sinister forces within. With its remarkable supporting cast and stunning set design, this is truly an epic tale of which legends are made!

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD TYPICAL HOLLYWOOD HEROIC MATINEE MEDIEVALISM February 17, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is the kind of colorful adventure that kids must have eaten up during Saturday matinees with a cartoon, newsreel, and second feature. A good-looking hero fights for justice, having to go through a period of training and learning before he is ready to take on his adversary. There is a friendship, a rivalry, a vow upheld, a promise kept, justice served, growth, a romance without sloppy kissing, and some spiffy combat, both man-to-man and large battles.
The story is based on Howard Pyle's "Men of Iron," a late 19th century boy's book that cleans up and romanticizes the Middle Ages. This movie keeps much of the flavor of that interpretation of medieval life. The story touches on such topics as the role of women, the rarity of books, the feudal system, and table manners. As such it is a fun and interesting place to start looking at medieval culture, but being based on a 19th century boy's novel, should not be taken as the last word.
For medieval purists, this movie can be maddening. While some of the costumes are based on well-known paintings and illustrations, they are from various periods and modified to fit modern esthetics. Other costumes are Hollywood generic. The armor has some good things about it, but the breastplates are too wide, restricting motion, and what looks like a shirt collar of chain mail ought to be a coif or aventail.
The actor's performances range from fun to boring, mostly in inverse proportion to the youth of the actor. The direction is pretty stiff, only the occasional fun actor and fight scenes livening it up. The music is typically glorious, bringing a richness and thrill to the experience that the visuals sometimes don't have. And the script is flat out corny.
That having been said, it's very fun if you get into this sort of thing, as I do.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
As a professional Knight by trade, I love collecting every well-made film on the subject of Knighthood (fact and fiction) I can possibly find. Ever since I was a child, this film has been one of the most inspiring for me, and I'm glad to see it out on video.
Set during the reign of Henry IV of England, "The Black Shield" traces the adventures of Miles Falworth (Tony Curtis) and his sister, the banished children of a great Knight who was framed and killed by the evil Earl of Alban. Now, the Falworth name is outlawed, as are any living relatives bearing the same name. Sent to the castle of one of their dad's long-time friends for protection and service, the Falworth duo find favor with the castle Lord. This good fortune, together with Miles' scrappy personality and martial skill, places the young fellow in training for Knighthood under the tutelage of the salty Sir James. A great story follows, knitting Tony with Janet Leigh (yes, Jamie Lee's real-life parents), together dodging treachery and bad guys. Interestingly, this movie depicts more of the challenging training elements of Knighthood than any I've ever seen, such as the ability to steer a horse in full armor without the use of the reigns. Ultimately, the film comes to an exciting climax with a white-knuckled "joust to the death" between Miles and the evil Earl who framed his dad.
Overlook the dialogue. Brit accents are not obligatory in this movie, as demonstrated by Tony's New York accent (i.e., "yonda in da castle of my fadda". Nevertheless, the interaction is charming, and the props, costumes, action sequences, and support acting are excellent. This video is a must for your medieval collection.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curtis and Leigh in medieval swashbuckler January 27, 2010
Format:DVD
THE BLACK SHIELD OF FALWORTH (1954) holds the distinction of being the very first CinemaScope production released by Universal. Real-life couple Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh pair up for one of their most enjoyable outings in this medieval swashbuckler.

Farm-hand Myles (Curtis) and his sister Meg (Barbara Rush) enter the employment of Mackworth Castle; he as a knight-in-training, and she as an attendant to Lady Anne (Janet Leigh). Before you can say "opposites attract", Myles and Anne have struck up an inevitible romance, although the Earl of Mackworth (Herbert Marshall) hides potentially dangerous information regarding Myles' parentage, and his rightful place in the kingdom...

Tony Curtis has copped a lot of flack for his performance in THE BLACK SHIELD OF FALWORTH. True, he hardly fits the bill as a British knight of the realm, but he delivers a fun-spirited, committed performance in the best tradition of Errol Flynn, helped largely by the support of Janet Leigh; their scenes together are a joy. Universal contract starlet Barbara Rush is a charming presence as well.

If you have a region-free setup, it might be wise to import this title from the UK. Eureka Entertainment has released BLACK SHIELD OF FALWORTH on factory-pressed DVD as well as a spectacular Blu-ray disc (which I own and looks simply fabulous). DVD-R discs don't have the same level of durability or life-expectancy as regular, factory-pressed DVDs, so importing is definitely the way to go with this title if you can help it.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is this movie on DVD? December 2, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Why hasn't this movie been released on DVD? Curtis' other great movie the Vikings was available years ago, why not this movie? There are too many bogus movies being made available, now is the time to start seriously considering offering classics such as these on disc. Another fine movie that was released fairly recently was the original Robin Hood, this is exactly what I'm talking about.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I like Tony Curtis I wish you would have The Son of Ali Baba and The Prince who was a thief in DVD. Thank you
Published 12 days ago by Chela
5.0 out of 5 stars Good action movie
If you love old movies then this is the one for you. They just don't make movies like this anymore. If you follow Tony Curtis on his film career this we think is one of his best. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Johanna Manhardt
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy and Fun
This is one of those good over evil stories that used to fascinate us when we were youngsters. I first saw this film while serving with the U.S. Army in Germany, many years ago. Read more
Published 22 days ago by James E. Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars Save your money
Buy the SD DVD and save your money; the difference in picture quality is minimal. Rarely have I noticed a big difference when the original SD DVD is done right.
Published 1 month ago by James Talamo
5.0 out of 5 stars Yep it was fun
I'm a sucker for these kinds of old movies. Tony Curtis and his Brooklyn? accent in medieval England, stretch but who cares. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Russell S
5.0 out of 5 stars Old-Fashioned, Romanticized Knights in Shining Armor
If you like Hollywood's old romanticized Medieval epics, like the Errol Flynn version of Robin Hood, then this is a film for you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brent A. Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old movie that still is great today
Still one of my all time classic favorites. The story set back in the medieval time is a setting I love for movies and books, you can not go wrong with Tony Curtis and Janet Lee... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ChrisAnn Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars It was great
really enjoyed it. I love old movies. I will watch it over and over again. I wish they had made a sequel
Published 2 months ago by Mary Kate
1.0 out of 5 stars Made for UK and Europe zone!!!
Would not play on my north American Blu-ray player. I'm not saying the movie is bad. It's a favorite from my childhood. I hope they release a north American version soon! Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure
Love this type of movies by these actors. Enjoyable movie. Love Tony and Janet, make a great couple. Love their movies.
Published 3 months ago by DANI
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