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First Knight [DVD] [1995]

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond, Ben Cross, Liam Cunningham
  • Directors: Jerry Zucker
  • Writers: David Hoselton, Lorne Cameron, William Nicholson
  • Producers: Eric Rattray, Gil Netter, Hunt Lowry, Janet Zucker
  • Format: Anamorphic, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VXXL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,916 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 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

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Dec. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ninjah on 5 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 July 2012
Format: DVD
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. Music is scored by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography by Adam Greenberg.

Lancelot (Gere) falls in love with Guinevere (Ormond), inconvenient since she is due to be married to King Arthur (Connery). Meanwhile, Malagant (Cross), who has been expelled from the Round Table, plots to seize power from Arthur and the rest of the Knights of the Round Table.

This is a different Camelot, this is principally a period piece love triangle involving King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. To prepare for that instead of expecting a dashing all action picture full of magic and mystical malarkey, can only aid the viewing experience. This is mature well written stuff, very well crafted by Zucker and his team, though the production fluctuates in style (the fight scenes are averagely staged but everything looks gorgeous). Cast are mostly fine, where even though Gere looks odd, somehow out of place with the period, he turns in an acceptable performance considering the humanist screenplay to hand. Lack of chemistry between Connery and Ormond is a problem, while Cross barely registers as a villain of note. Goldsmith provides a heart lifting score, impressive given that he was brought in at the last minute when Maurice Jarre jumped ship.

All told it's an enjoyable picture that doesn't linger long in the memory once finished. But I was armed with the knowledge of what sort of narrative I was getting. Had I paid to view it at the cinema on release, I'm pretty sure I would have been just a little miffed, especially given that we also had Braveheart and Rob Roy that year, two scorching hot period epics. 6/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ron Covington on 7 April 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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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By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
Hollywood does another crackling re-telling of Arthurian lore here and it's a sprightly mix of storytelling and swashbuckle. The emphasis is on the love triangle between Arthur, Guinivieve and Lancelot whilst in the background a rogue knight threatens the peaceful kingdom. Connery does rather well as the stoic king, his part is well scripted, he appears strong, benevolant and wise and I really believed his change in demeanor when faced with betrayal. Julia Ormond lights up the screen but otherwise has little to do. Gere almost pulls it off, almost, he poses and swaggers the same way he did in American Gigolo which looks a bit daft, his mullet isn't particularly flattering; on the plus side his sword work is very good and his horsemanship looks fantastic at times. Ben Cross is excellent as the rogue knight Malagant, he's very commanding and his dark lair in a slate quarry beneath a ruined castle is a location and set dressing triumph. Despite the good sets and what appears to be decent production values, Camelot appears just a little too clean, too many extras are wearing the same blue tunics; having said that, the outside villiagers look right and the scenery is very well captured in terms of cinematography. The end battle is full of energy and the version I saw included a surprisingly brutal strike to finish off Malagant. Not a bad way to spend two hours at all.
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