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First Knight [Blu-ray] [1995] [US Import]

Sean Connery , Richard Gere , Jerry Zucker    Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Ben Cross
  • Directors: Jerry Zucker
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2008
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013FSXSC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,260 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



1995 had already seen the box-office success of sword-wielding heroes in Rob Roy and Braveheart when along came this glossy revision of the Arthurian legend, in which Lady Guinevere (Julia Ormond) is torn between her love for the noble King Arthur (Sean Connery) and the passionate knight Sir Lancelot (Richard Gere). As the story of First Knight opens, Guinevere's lands are under attack by the evil knight Malagant (Ben Cross), and she must choose between marriage to Arthur and the security of Camelot, or encouraging the affections of Lancelot, who has heroically rescued her from a potentially lethal attack. Anyone looking for meticulous medieval authenticity won't find it here, but director Jerry Zucker (Ghost) keeps the action moving with exuberant spirit and glorious production values. Even if you don't completely believe Richard Gere as a somewhat too-contemporary Lancelot, the performances of Ormond and especially Connery are effortlessly appealing. --Jeff Shannon


A new vision of Camelot, filled with breathtaking battles, heart-pounding courage and love that brought a kingdom to its knees. Starring Sean Connery and Richard Gere.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The epic genre was still to all intents dead in 1995, and First Knight didn't do anything to revive it despite what should have been perfect casting with Sean Connery as an ageing King Arthur losing his queen to his new best friend in fable's most enduring romantic triangle. It's not a bad film at all - the action scenes are well handled, the romance better than expected and Jerry Goldsmith provides a fine score - but it's not particularly special, and in taking away the magical elements of the tale (no Merlin here) it's always in danger of veering to the ordinary. It's certainly no Robin and Marion, nor does Connery prove much of a Lion in a Winter with one of his weaker and less committed performances in what's little more than a prominent supporting role despite his top-billing (it was not a particularly happy shoot, and that does show at times). The real hero of the film is Richard Gere's Lancelot, travelling from village to village earning his crust with sword tricks, the actor managing to overcome what seems like his miscasting surprisingly well and showing real flair in the swordplay and action scenes as he initially protects and, naturally, falls in love with Julia Ormond's Guinevere, who seems to respond to almost every dramatic crisis with a slightly nervous smile.

Unlikely director Jerry Zucker (he of Ghost and, er, Airplane!) handles the romance and the action well enough, but he's not exactly got an epic vision, playing much of the picture in medium shot - long shots really aren't his thing unless they're establishing shots - which, allied with the decision to shoot in 1.85:1 rather than 2.35:1, makes for a less than spectacular look to much of the film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie 1 Dec 2007
Firstly, can I just correct "A Customer" who has a very low opinion of this movie.
Can I point out that it is supposed to take place in the 5th/6th century when Arthur was fighting the Anglo-Saxon invaders, so it doesn't take a great leap of intellect to work out that Arthur wouldn't have spoken English, so who cares about a Scottish accent.
Arthur would have spoken Latin.
So the fact that Gere has an American accent is also not really relevant.
Can I also point out that the Athurian legends are just that. Legends.
So you can make any statement about Arthur and nobody would be able to prove or disprove what you say.
This is a good, well acted, well directed action movie.
Buy and enjoy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in Full 1080p HD 7 April 2010
An excellent upgrade from the standard DVD version of First Knight. Everything is beautifully visible in this tale of Days of Old when Knights were Bold...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 19 April 2006
This film is actually pretty good. It's not the gritty Arthurian myth like 'Excaliber' but it's certainly leagues ahead of the terrible, supposedly historically grounded, attempt 'King Arthur' with Clive Owen.

'First Knight' approaches the arthurian legend from a socio-political view. Camelot is a brave new world, a utopia, Arthur is it's founder - it's a psuedo christian/communist kind of affair with equality and morality and bright armour etc. Lancelot is a drifter, he represents a kind of Zen rolling stone philosophy. The two cultures meet and fuse for a time but it can't last. There are many interpretations and discussion points and the film succeeds in provoking ideas, which is it's success for me. The ending may well be a compromise but this is hollywood and we need happy endings. Look beyond the cornball and there are some interesting relationships here. Great cast but Julia Ormand is the real star - what ever happened to her?
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money 27 Mar 2004
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This film is good for a number of reasons.
First, it has Sean Connery playing King Arthur.
Second, the script hasn't done what has been done 1000 times before with this story, but has taken a new, fresh perspective.
Third, it doesn't pretend to be a classic film, or to try and teach anything. It's just an entertaining piece of cinema that you can watch, enjoy, and not be affected by. Sometimes you just need a film like that.
My advice to anyone looking for an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours is to have a look at this. The price is right, and it's great fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It meets my expectations 21 April 2014
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It is a movie that I always wanted to have.
Besides the action, it has some of my favorite actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Knight 5 Jan 2014
By Ninjah
This is a beautiful heroic fairytale film, in my opinion, which will never age despite what sceptics may say or think. It has a brilliant storyline and film cast. I've watched it several times and each time it gets my heart going! AND I intend to watch it again and again whenever I like, and enjoy it as if I was watching it for the very first time. Just lose yourself in the film and chilax!
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I 'm also a fan of Historic films therefore a bought this one...ans Sean Connery and Richard Gere are top actor's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never bored with watching
As I know and visit many of the film locations my family and I enjoy spotting the sites so also entertaining
Published 6 months ago by Dr. N. WOODRUFF
5.0 out of 5 stars First Knight
Im a fan of Richard Gere AND Sean Connery so this film was a must see. I love the story of Arthur and Lancelot. Was not disappointed
Published 6 months ago by jax
3.0 out of 5 stars Light but enjoyable
Hollywood does another crackling re-telling of Arthurian lore here and it's a sprightly mix of storytelling and swashbuckle. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. S. Storey
5.0 out of 5 stars First Knight
Received in Excellent condition and just what was required to keep the grown ups entertained an excellent film with good entertainment all around
Published 8 months ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ending!
A film I wanted to see the end of as I didn't completely get the ending as I nearly missed my train!
Published 12 months ago by Sarah Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars good film
only gave it 3 stars due to it was not the special edition that i recived. but apart from that very good.
Published 14 months ago by Mr. A. J. SENIOR
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Good source to find wanted DVD's at a good price rather than having to try and find in the shops
Published 15 months ago by Gail Lindhorst
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
A must have movie for any movie lover. I like collecting all the movies I like, and this is one.
Published 16 months ago by Lamont Niemann
3.0 out of 5 stars God uses people like you, Lancelot. Because your heart is open. You...
First Knight is directed by jerry Zucker and co-written by Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton and William Nicholson. It stars Richard Gere, Sean Connery, Julia Ormond and Ben Cross. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Spike Owen
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