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

2.8 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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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!

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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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  • 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.)
  • 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: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BKBGG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,825 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sword of the Valiant - The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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I remember loving this movie as a child. I find it watchable still but it hasn't weathered the test of time. If you need miles of O'Keefe or want to see how poor of an actor Sean Connery actually is, this is your movie. Having watched it with me, I don't think my kids will have the same fond remembrance in 25-30 years.
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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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Sword of the Valiant - The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a film that you want to love with all your heart, but it doesn't quite hit that mark.

I remember first seeing this film in the 80's when it aired on of one of the cable channels. Back then I was into Medieval/Fantasy films like Beast Master, Conan, Legend, Excalibur and The Sword and the Sorcerer. This film fell in nicely with those titles, and I remembered thinking, even back then, that it probably wasn't a high production value film. But at least it had Sean Connery in it, along with a few other actors, that I liked and had seen in other movies. Well the 80's have past now and I've grown older and wiser. After viewing Sword of the Valiant last night with my daughter, who is going to be in a play based on Sir Gawain, I can see how this film is not one of the best from its genre. However, I still think it has some good points to it and I'll make a list of the reasons why it still deserves three stars.

Number one, there are several well respected actors in this film including Sean Connery as the Green Knight, Miles O'Keeffe, (Gawain) John Ryes Davies, (The Baron) Peter Cushing, (The Baron's Advisor) Trevor Howard (Gawain's King) and an actor who shows up in a lot of films as a villain, but doesn't get much credit for it. Ronald Lacey, who plays Oswald, Gawain's competing nemesis for Lilith. I found Ronald Lacey to be one of the best characters in the story. In fact, I thought that when I first viewed this movie years ago. I still think he's one of the best characters in the film today. He really brings Oswald alive and knows how to be the kind of guy you love to hate.

Beyond the acting, the costumes are well done. I also liked the fantasy elements.
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