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Swashbuckling star Robert Taylor stars with Academy Award winnerElizabeth Taylor in Sir Walter Scott's epic tale of medieval honor ,romance and chivalry--Ivanhoe. 1194. King Richard the Lion Hearted isbeing held for ransom by the King of Austria, and his evil brother,John, conspires to take the throne. But while Robin of Locksley fightsas Robin Hood, another man, Ivanhoe (Taylor), risks everything for hisking--and for the honor of Rebecca (Taylor), the woman he loves.]]>
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It was filmed in 1952 in radiant Technicolor when Hollywood was launching one hit after other, "Ivanhoe" passed with quite good marks.
I was a kid when it was released and saw it with undivided attention as most of my age-mates and parents.
I recently viewed the VHS version again and I am still fond of this film. Is it a great movie? No. Is it a good movie? It certainly is and fully entertaining!
Based on Sir Walter Scott well known novel is a rich mixture of history, romance and drama.
It narrates the adventures of Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a knight of Saxon origins, who has gone into the Crusades against his father's will.
He returned to England to raise funds in order to rescue his imprisoned King, Richard Lionhearted.
He founds the kingdom ruled by John Lackland, Richard's junior brother, who by no means will cooperate and more so will try to stop his intents.
From here on adventures follow with jousts, castle's sieges, rescue of the feeble, difficult romances, out-laws helping the knight, evil knights trying to kill our hero but to no avail.
You name it you have it!
It was directed by Richard Thorpe, an artisan with 186 films in his account. He has started directing movies in the silent period. He was very versatile, directed Johnny Weissmuller in four Tarzan's chapters.
Between 1951 till 1953 he delivered at least four successful movies: "The Great Caruso" (1951), "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1952), "Ivanhoe" (1952) and "The Knights of the Round Table" (1953). He retired in 1967.
The Taylors perform paramount. Robert gives the viewers one of his classic hero's portraits with skill and wit.Read more ›
After returning from the Crusades (the general consensus was that he croaked), the Saxon knight Wilfred of Ivanhoe (Taylor) finds the kingdom in a state of disrepair. The Normans, lead by the opportunistic Prince John (Rolfe), have assumed control of Mother England after the disappearance of King Richard (he actually got waylaid returning from The Crusades, and is now being held for ransom in Austria, which Prince John knows, but has decided not to pay up, keeping the whole affair on the QT).Read more ›
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A movie classic. Sir Walter Scott wrote a great story and the movie makes it come alive.Published 9 days ago by Cliff R.
Grew up on this movie, now my kids can enjoy it as well. Truly awesome movies, need to be made classics one day :)Published 16 days ago by Jennifer Bombay
Pretty disappointing considering the cast. The writer must have slipped the script into the inbox in error. It's okay fluff if you don't expect Errol Flynn action. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ivanhoe
I saw this movie in a theater in 1952/53 and was glad to find it on DVD. Robert Taylor made several of these kinds of movies, Knights and Ladies,
and I liked them all. Read more
Have not seen this movie in years great way to preserve the classics.Published 2 months ago by James B.
Absolutely horrible rendition for those who love the book! Why is it that those in Hollywood feel they must completely rewrite a story that has stood the test of time? Shameful!Published 3 months ago by MomOfFive
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