An excellent portrayal of a great English classic-and the closes portrayal of the by book by Sir Walter Scott that I have seen. the pageantry, the colour, the action and suspense.
England during the reign of King Richard (Julian Glover) , who is away on the Crusades to the Holy Land , leaving the administration of the country to his scheming brother , John (Ronald Pickup) , and his corrupt court cronies like Brian de Bois Gilbert (Sam Neill) , Maurice De Bracy (Stuart Wilson) and Front-de-Bouef (played with perfect villainy by John Rhys-Davies).
Meanwhile a mysterious Disinherited Knight, aided by another anonymous Knight in black amour (Le Noir Fainéant) defeats all of King John's favourite knights at the jousting tournament at Ashby.
The challenger is revealed as Wilfred of Ivanhoe (Anthony Andrews), the disinherited son of the Saxon nobleman, Cedric (Michael Horden) , who is the beloved of his father's charge, the comely Rowena.
Meanwhile Ivanhoe is nursed back to health by Rebecca (played by an incredibly sexy Olivia Hussey), the beautiful daughter of Isaac of York (played with pathos and passion by Jamnes Mason) and after Cedric, Rowena, Ivanhoe and Isaac and Rebecca are captured by the Normans , and Rebecca is sentenced to death by fire by the Knights Templars for witchcraft, she must find a champion who will be Ivanhoe. Rebecca, faced with a horrific fate, refuses to renounce her faith, right until the end
I found this quite a riveting and engaging version. Torquilstone castle was just how I pictured when reading the book.