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Sword of the Valiant - The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984)

Miles O'Keeffe , Cyrielle Clair , Stephen Weeks  |  PG |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Miles O'Keeffe, Cyrielle Clair, Leigh Lawson, Sean Connery, Trevor Howard
  • Directors: Stephen Weeks
  • Writers: Stephen Weeks, Howard C. Pen, Philip M. Breen, Rosemary Sutcliff, Therese Burdon
  • Producers: Basil Keys, Menahem Golan
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • 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: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BKBGG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,003 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Miles O'Keeffe (Tarzan, the Ape Man) and OscarÂ(r) winner* Sean Connery (First Knight) lead "an impressive cast" (Variety), including Peter Cushing, Trevor Howard and John Rhys-Davies, in this epic tale of swords and sorcery that will transport you and your family into realms of the fantastical and make you believe! Shrouded in magic and veiled in mystery, a phantom knight (Connery) thunders into King Arthur's fabled court. Speaking in rhymes and riddles, he goads the king's men into taking a dare. And when one of them, young and valiant Sir Gawain (O'Keeffe), bravely stands to defend the king's honor, he finds himself a pawn in the phantom knight's game a game that will lead him far beyond the kingdom of Camelot and ultimately take his life, if he cannot solve his opponent's riddle!

Fans of Sean Connery who are curious to see him explore roles outside of his usual heroic characters may enjoy his robust turn as the mythic Green Knight in this 1982 British-made fantasy. Based loosely on the classic epic poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," Connery is quite a sight as the glittering green figure, who challenges young Gawain (Miles O'Keefe of Tarzan the Ape Man infamy), a squire in King Arthur's court, to solve his riddle or lose his head. O'Keefe is a stiff Gawain, and the film suffers under its low budget and awkward comic moments, but Connery and the rest of the cast (which includes Trevor Howard as Arthur, John Rhys-Davies, Lila Kedrova, and Peter Cushing) are game and provide sufficient star power to keep fantasy-adventure fans distracted from the film's shortcomings. Writer-director Weeks also directed a version of this story in 1973, with Murray Head of Jesus Christ Superstar fame as Gawain. --Paul Gaita

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to see in DVD Finally! May 10, 2004
I've waited for this film to come out on dvd for a long time. I remember first seeing it when I was kid on occaision when it was shown on channel 5 (Washington, DC Fox affiliate). It would be shown every year, and then it stopped airing and I had almost forgotten about it. Well anyway this film tells the tale of Sir Gwain and the Green Knight in a pretty straight forward play of events. The synthesized music was what drew me in even though it's mildly cheesy. This film was overlooked I guess by MST3K but it's really not a bad movie. It's just something to watch while doing laundry. The guy that plays Oswald looks a little too old to be the son of Baron Fortinbras, among other goofy oddities that are in this film. Peter Cushing plays some seemingly gay regent who has some of the best lines in the whole film. Pretty good for the price.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars tale of sword and sorcery March 31, 2004
This movie is a view of the ideal medieval knight in the ideal medieval world and his adventures while out on a quest. The movie is one of the strangest to ever come out of the eighties, but also leaves an impression on you. Full of unusual and magical characters, this film is like an Odyssey of the middle ages. Without Sean Connery, I doubt this movie would have ever been viewed. He truly makes this movie as the mischevious enigmatic spirit we call the Green Knight.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By K. Jump
Sub-par adaptation of the immortal medieval classic, SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT. The high point of the movie comes early, when the mysterious Green Knight (essayed by Sean Connery)barges into King Arthur's court and offers a bizarre behading challenge to the astonished Knights of the Round Table. Only the young Gawain (played by Miles O'Keefe) will accept the challenge and strikes off the Green Knight's head. But to Gawain's amazement the Green Knight picks up his head and puts it back on, and Gawain is honor-bound to offer his own throat to the challenger's axe. The Green Knight gives Gawain a year to prepare and a riddle to solve, however,and for the rest of the movie we follow Gawain's adventures in love & war as he struggles to interpret the riddle and prepare for the final showdown with the Green Knight.

Unfortunately, most of the movie is unremarkable, to say the least. O'Keefe is an acceptable Gawain and you couldn't ask for a better actor to play the Green Knight than Connery, but the lackluster script and direction, combined with what must have been a sorry budget, doom their efforts and those of everyone else involved in the film. Sets and costumes are adequate, but the plot is convoluted and rather boring and not at all faithful to the great source poem. Indeed, much of the plot is apparently inspired by the tale of Gawain's cousin, Yvain, instead. The climax makes little sense and betrays the original tale, while the ending is supposed to be melancholy but just disappoints like so much of the rest of this film. Perhaps worth a look for curiosity's sake or for the very good first act if you don't expect too much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars same old dvd April 5, 2004
When I saw this as a new release I thought maybe I would get a widescreen version, but this is the same standard dvd that I've seen available elsewhere before. If you don't mind watching a movie that has been cut down to fit on your TV, and you like fantasy, this is a great movie to have in your collection, but personally I can't abide full screen presentations of movies that were not filmed in that format.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Connery Goes Straight to Video November 6, 2010
Do not be misled by the cover art. Sean Connery has a relatively small role in this dreadful 1984 adaptation of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." Nevertheless, Connery displays far more charisma in his limited footage than the film's wooden star, Miles O'Keeffe. The legendary actor earned a cool $1 million for six days' work on this cheesy Golan-Globus production. Despite Connery's presence, "Sword of the Valiant" never warranted a U.S. theatrical release and made its unceremonious home-video debut in 1985.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little 80's film... April 10, 2004
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This is one of those great little films that came out in the Eighties that I used to watch on cable every time it was on. I almost forgot about this film until I saw it come out on DVD. It's a nice way to spend an hour and a half and not tax your brain. My only big disappointment is that the film itself is not in widescreen while the theatrical trailer provided IS widescreen. Go figure. Nice to have anyway.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible footage March 22, 2004
The armour alone is worth getting this DVD. All types of late period armour are present in this film and for the most part it is historically accurate. The exception being when they winch our fair hero into the saddle. This story is excellent, the riddles complex, and the action scenes great. Especially for the time the movie was made. I recomend it to all SCA folks out there and all families who want a jolly good show.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for hillarity June 1, 2007
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It doesn't mean to be, but this is indeed one of the most side-splittingly hillarious movies I have ever seen. It deserves Mystery Science Theatre status. With stars from both the casts of Star Wars and Indiana Jones making almost spoof appearances and what seem like blooper reel material left in the final cut this will leave you in stiches. For lovers of truly bad movies and unintentional humor, this is a keeper.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Better to have remembered this movie through rose colored glasses.
I remember loving this movie as a child. I find it watchable still but it hasn't weathered the test of time. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Austin Donner
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Quest
A classic arthurian story full of magic, that captures the essence of the knights quest. I would consider this dvd a must have companion, if you own or love John Boorman's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Morales
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by gwenhll
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Bad
I loved this movie in 1986 when I was a kid. But, like most movies you saw when you were a kid, it is way different when you watch it as an adult. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jason Monarch
1.0 out of 5 stars Sean Connery at his worst. Not one he is likely to be proud of making,...
Sean Connery at his worst. Not one he is likely to be proud of making, but my students cracked up and thought it was funny.
Published 9 months ago by Lisa C. Coburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story.... Excellent cast !!!!
I've seen other stories about the Green Knight and Sir Gawain , but they don't compare to this version. I loved everything about it .
Published 12 months ago by charles jones
4.0 out of 5 stars As Advertised
The movie was in great condition and arrived sooner than expected. It is hokey but still a good movie for the time period when it was made.
Published 14 months ago by MaryAnn Schilling
1.0 out of 5 stars Disaster
I bought this movie with the hope that I can use it to teach the book to my students. This movie is a total disaster. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Wolfy
1.0 out of 5 stars Sooooooo BAD!!!
I purchased this in the hope that I could use it in the classroom ....I figured since Sean Connery was in it how bad could it be? was absolutely awful... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Laura M.
1.0 out of 5 stars Does Not Follow Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
If you are looking for a movie that follows the epic poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this is not your movie. This movie does NOT follow the plot of the epic poem.
Published 20 months ago by Susan
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