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Actors: Richard Burton, Kate Mulgrew, Nicholas Clay, Cyril Cusack, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Director: Tom Donovan
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2004     1hr 31min

Lovespell is the legendary story of Isolt (Kate Mulgrew), Druid priestess and daughter of an Irish king, and the spell she casts on two extraordinary men: Mark (Richard Burton) King of Cornwall and Tristan (Nicholas Clay),...  more »


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Actors: Richard Burton, Kate Mulgrew, Nicholas Clay, Cyril Cusack, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Director: Tom Donovan
Creators: Richard H. Kline, Russell Lloyd, Claire Labine, Douglas Hughes, Thomas H. Ryan, Tom Hayes
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 04/06/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Anna Egorova | San Diego, CA USA | 03/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It was a great present for my Mom, who loved this movie when she was younger! Unfortunately, no subtitles, I wish there were! But still good!"
A charming and subtle film
Gwenevere | 11/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)


LoveSpell is a charming and subtle film. The characters are well cast. But I don't think that the movie budget did justice to what the film makers were trying to do. Tristan shows well his emotional torture at seeing the woman he loves married to another man. Isolt is earthy and sweet. Richard Burton as the possessive King Mark is well chosen for his ability to show intensity at his desperate attempts to force Isolt to love him. Burton's portrayal of Mark is similar to his porformance as King Henry VIII in Anne of the thousand days. My favorite elements of the film are the moments of brilliant and beautiful dialogue, the music performed by the Chieftains, and of beautiful Ireland."
Dall'argine Sara | 01/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film is beautiful.

Kate Mulgrew in fantastic and Richard Burton is fascinating"
A nice try (3.5 stars)
AMH | Seattle, WA | 07/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It really helps to know the full story of Tristran and Isult in order to enjoy this movie. For instance, there are several references to Tristan's victory over Marholt, which is both a monster and Isult's uncle. And there are a number of story elements that come up in the second half of the movie that probably don't make any sense unless you are already aware of them, like the second Isult that Tristran meets up with. I like the approach that the director takes to the material, an approach that can be quite successful when used with myth or folktale or stories set in the dark ages. It's a straightforward, almost simple-minded approach, without over-dramatization or clever narrative touches. This works very well in the first part of the movie, when it is a story of characters meeting and falling in love. But this approach can't handle the second half of the movie which needs a lot of exposition. And the final sequence, which unfortunately does get a laugh when it shouldn't, I think was botched in the editing room or something, because I think there is a way to make it work with all the same elements. (You know, how sometimes the difference between comedy and tragedy is slim.) Some movies that succeed in this approach are The Virgin Spring, The Song of Bernadette, and Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors. But Lovespell has fabulous art design and scenery. Green Ireland, old castles (exteriors and interiors), drinking cups and wooden chests. Seeing Richard Burton's red, soft-leather doublet is almost worth the movie itself!"