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KING ARTHUR Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2004
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His most recent television work includes "Southern Fried Stings" (truTV, 2010), "High School Reunion" (TV Land, 2009), "Stringers: LA" (Tru TV, 2008-2009), "Party Heat" (Tru TV, 2008-2009), "Dance Machine" (ABC, 2008), "Speeders" (Court TV, 2007) and "Bandits vs. Smokies" (CMT, 2007). He wrote and directed a special for American Movie Classics: "The Great Christmas Movies" (1998). Other television credits include "The Bachelor: Paris" (ABC, 2006), "Blind Date" (1999-2003), "The Fifth Wheel" (2003), "Fast Food Films" (FX, 1998-99) "Reel Wild Cinema" (USA Network, 1996 - 1997), "Hollywood Babylon" (syndicated, 1992) and others.
He has written hundreds of introductory scripts for American Movie Classics hosts Cher, Alec Baldwin, Jodie Foster, Winona Ryder, Billy Bob Thornton, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Stefanie Powers, Morgan Fairchild, Phyllis Diller, Brendan Fraser, Shirley Jones, Ali MacGraw, Kirsten Dunst, Lesley-Anne Down, Patrick Wayne, Lesley Ann Warren, Sean Young and many others.
He wrote and co-produced "Frank Capra: A Personal Remembrance" (VidAmerica, 1992), and "The Making of 'It's a Wonderful Life'" (Republic Pictures, 1991), both of which appear on the DVD and Blu-Ray releases of "It's a Wonderful Life."
Thompson has contributed to several film encyclopedia and has written for magazines such as American Cinematographer, American Film, Film Comment, The Big Frame, The Hollywood Reporter, The Disney Channel Magazine, Sight and Sound, Tower Pulse! and Texas Monthly.
He has also written for many newspapers, notably The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The San Antonio Express News.
He served as Guest Curator for a major museum exhibit called "Hollywood Comes to South Carolina: A Century of Filmmaking in the Palmetto State" which ran from January through October, 2008 at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia SC. This was a follow-up to his exhibit "Texas Movies" which ran in 2005 at the Bob Bullock State History Museum in Austin, Texas.
In 2004 he had a cameo appearance in "The Alamo" and also wrote two books that tied in with the film: "The Alamo: A Novel" (2004, Hyperion) and "The Alamo: The Illustrated Story of the Epic Film" (2004, Newmarket).
He has written and/or produced several videos and have contributed audio commentary to more than a dozen classic films, notably "Wild Boys of the Road" (1933), "The Time of Their Lives" (1946), "McLintock!" (1963), "Hondo" (1953) and "Track of the Cat" (1954).
And he appears onscreen in many documentaries, most recently on the Blu-Ray release of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (2009).
Frank Thompson lives in North Hollywood, California with his wife Claire McCulloch and their dogs Maggie and Jake.
Top Customer Reviews
The author can't be blamed for the historical absurdities of the general story; after all, he had to stick more or less to what was in the film, which - however it may have been puffed as "The Real Story" - was, historically and archaeologically speaking, complete tripe (fun, but tripe). But the book adds new daftnesses all of its own. Characters who weren't named in the script of the film are given the most bizarre names in the book. You have a Sarmatian tribesman called Lansdowne (an English place name of Saxon origin), a renegade British scout called Geoffrey (a medieval Norman name), and two Picts called Harold (a Saxon name) and Arrian (a famous Roman historian!) Even if the author couldn't be bothered to look up any real Sarmatian, Celtic or Pictish names, at least he could have made up some that didn't blatantly belong to a different race or period of history.
But what really put the tin lid on it for me was the bit where Guinevere eats potatoes, only a thousand years or so before Sir Walter Raleigh and the conquistadores first brought potatoes to Europe from America....
The premise that Arthur and his knights were Sarmatian is interesting. Sarmations (from the Black Sea- Caucasus region) did serve in Roman Albion- and around the Wall. Nor is the idea that Romans would uproot a people and place them on a hostile frontier thousands of miles from their home ridiculous- it was common imperial policy. However, there are some questionable historical inaccuracies- if I am not mistaken, Mt. Baden is far to the south where it strategically protects Cornwall and Wales (the traditional area associated with Arthur.) Plus, the Legions left around 407 C.E.- and the Battle of Mt. Baden occurred about 500 A.D. There is also the little fact that the Saxons were INVITED in by the Romanized Britons to REPLACE the withdrawn Legions. In spite of all this I still found the story to be readable and interesting. After all- research DOES place Merlin in the north- perhaps he was a spiritual/war leader of the "Picts"...
I'm not saying that this movie is exactly anti-Catholic, but the Church is portrayed as the enemy of free will and the chief promoter of serfdom in the coming Dark Age.Read more ›
This book has very little going for it. The only reason it has ANYTHING going for it at all is because it is about King Arthur, and anyone reading it will start to fill in the stuff it lacks with other bits and pieces of the legends they've picked up elsewhere.
The characters are completely two dimensional. The author gives us absolutely no reason to want to like these characters. In fact, I end up hating them. They're rude, brash, arrogant, and just plain mean.
Frank Thompson does what every grade school English teacher will tell you to avoid at all costs- instead of telling us things by showing us (ie, learning about a character because of the way he interacts with others, etc.) Thompson shows us by telling us about it (simply inserts statements about characters). I felt like I was reading a screenplay rather than a novel. The book's basic structure is, okay, first this happens, and then there's this, and then this... This makes it difficult to get any sort of rhythm with this novel, because you are never able to connect with any of the characters, see what makes them tick, or find a reason to like them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is written adaptation of the movie and there are so many things wrong with the movie. First: Hadrian's Wall was in ruins by the time this movie supposedly took place. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Elise Hill
Enjoyed this nontraditional view of King Arthur who is highly romanticized in most of the books I have read. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by RE Krause
Contrary to what some other people say, this book is pretty faithful to the film. In fact, book tie-ins are part of the reason i see films. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Blue Roman
The movie is one of my favorites so I had to read the book. It was not disappointing! There were a few things different in the book, but that's what makes it good. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Natalie
A poorly written book that follows the movie exactly. I was hoping for some insight into the characters or extra scenes that would enhance the movie (which I LOVED) but was very... Read morePublished on September 30, 2008 by Jenna Moore
Not only is this book badly written, it is quite unlike the actual movie. The knights are out of character, the dialogue is boring, and the beginning of the movie is changed... Read morePublished on June 23, 2008 by shineyma
I loved the movie, but this was not nearly as good. How can a book be so bad when the movie the book is based on is so good? Read morePublished on November 24, 2007 by I'm Leah
The only reason I enjoyed this book is because I saw the movie first. I hope you will forgive me as a multi-published author that I had no idea you could write a book almost... Read morePublished on April 12, 2007 by Stori Diva
Frank Thompson's adaptation of KING ARTHUR is a more than worthy complement to its cinematic inspiration. Read morePublished on December 20, 2006 by K. Jump