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High Crusade
High Crusade
Actors: Werner Baum, Tahareh Becker, Patrick Brymer, Debbie Lee Carrington, Ray Cokes
Director: Holger Neuhäuser
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
NR     1998     1hr 40min

In a castle somewhere in England on the eve of the crusades, all good English knights are preparing to march on Jerusalem. Out of the heavens, an alien spaceship descends, an entry hatch opens, and a scouting party from an...  more »


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Actors: Werner Baum, Tahareh Becker, Patrick Brymer, Debbie Lee Carrington, Ray Cokes
Director: Holger Neuhäuser
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Space Adventure, Aliens
Format: DVD - Color,Letterboxed
DVD Release Date: 11/03/1998
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Missed Opportunity
Rod Summers | Bristol, Bristol United Kingdom | 03/13/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I had high hopes for this movie when I first learnt that someone was going to make a film version of Poul Anderson's classic novel, but somewhere along the way the producers decided to make this as a comedy movie instead of a straight action adventure story. Stupid beyond belief, the powers that be missed the chance to turn a great action story into a great action movie. Dumb. What should have been a stirring space epic with bold knights in armour, treachery and villainous aliens becomes a tedious - and cringingly bad at times - waste of time. One day, perhaps, someone will have the guts to make a proper film version of Anderson's great book."
Not the book, and its not Monty Python
James McCarty | Hilliard, Ohio USA | 01/06/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I was disappointed that this was not an adaption of the very funny Poul Anderson book. Other that a credit to him and the fact that the story involves knights and aliens, there is scant relationship between the book and the movie. This movie is more akin to Benny Hill than Monty Python. Very low brow and broad.That said, the movie was mildly amusing. Not worth buying unless you find it in a cut-out bin."
Before 'Independence Day' WE invade THEM - High Crusade
frogbane | Northwoods, Wisconsin | 06/30/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Before 'Independence Day' and before 'Godzilla' the Emerich brothers produced 'High Crusade'. Sort of 'Spaced Invaders' meets 'Holy Grail'. It's fun, it shows what talented people can do with a good cast and limited funds, and it's proof that the Emerich brothers don't have quite the touch for deadpan comedy that The Pythons do. Then again, who does? It has a high giggle factor, and that's the main point.No, the special effects do not rival 'Phantom Menace', but they're entirely adequate for this film. (Quite good, actually.) No, the acting isn't Oscar? quality, but it plays just fine here. (John Rhys Davis has done more serious parts, but he does very nicely as Brother Parvis.) The cinematography isn't as dynamic as 'Matrix' but it's excellent in its own right. Buy 'High Crusade' for what it is - a fun film to while away an hour and a half.My copy goes on my 'view it again, Phred' shelf near 'Spaced Invaders' and across from 'Godzilla' for those times when I need a laugh. If you like silly comedy, try this incarnation of 'High Crusade'. If you want a dead serious treatment of this wonderful Poul Anderson novel, start writing letters to George Lucas."
Oh dear
Scott Knights | UK | 09/06/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Sorry, but this is a dismal movie. It starts badly when the credit blurb on the packaging says Paul, not Poul Anderson. Not only is it completely unlike the book but the attempted humour almost entirely misses the mark. The human characters are portrayed as complete imbeciles and the aliens are not much better. I accept that compromises have to be made when adapting novels to screen, but why bother with the license in the first place if you are simply going to use the title and ignore the plot?"