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Sword of the Valiant - The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Sword of the Valiant - The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Actors: Miles O'Keeffe, Cyrielle Clair, Leigh Lawson, Sean Connery, Trevor Howard
Director: Stephen Weeks
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG     2004     1hr 42min

Miles O'Keeffe (Tarzan, the Ape Man) and OscarĀ(r) winner* Sean Connery (First Knight) lead "an impressive cast" (Variety), including Peter Cushing, Trevor Howard and John Rhys-Davies, in this epic tale of swords and sorce...  more »


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Actors: Miles O'Keeffe, Cyrielle Clair, Leigh Lawson, Sean Connery, Trevor Howard
Director: Stephen Weeks
Creators: Stephen Weeks, Basil Keys, Menahem Golan, Howard C. Pen, Philip M. Breen, Rosemary Sutcliff, Therese Burdon
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Sean Connery, Indie & Art House, Fantasy
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/06/2004
Original Release Date: 08/17/1984
Theatrical Release Date: 08/17/1984
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Good to see in DVD Finally!
Sal Paradise | Washington, DC | 05/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've waited for this film to come out on dvd for a long time. I remember first seeing it when I was kid on occaision when it was shown on channel 5 (Washington, DC Fox affiliate). It would be shown every year, and then it stopped airing and I had almost forgotten about it. Well anyway this film tells the tale of Sir Gwain and the Green Knight in a pretty straight forward play of events. The synthesized music was what drew me in even though it's mildly cheesy. This film was overlooked I guess by MST3K but it's really not a bad movie. It's just something to watch while doing laundry. The guy that plays Oswald looks a little too old to be the son of Baron Fortinbras, among other goofy oddities that are in this film. Peter Cushing plays some seemingly gay regent who has some of the best lines in the whole film. Pretty good for the price."
K. Jump | Corbin, KY United States | 12/27/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Sub-par adaptation of the immortal medieval classic, SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT. The high point of the movie comes early, when the mysterious Green Knight (essayed by Sean Connery)barges into King Arthur's court and offers a bizarre behading challenge to the astonished Knights of the Round Table. Only the young Gawain (played by Miles O'Keefe) will accept the challenge and strikes off the Green Knight's head. But to Gawain's amazement the Green Knight picks up his head and puts it back on, and Gawain is honor-bound to offer his own throat to the challenger's axe. The Green Knight gives Gawain a year to prepare and a riddle to solve, however,and for the rest of the movie we follow Gawain's adventures in love & war as he struggles to interpret the riddle and prepare for the final showdown with the Green Knight.

Unfortunately, most of the movie is unremarkable, to say the least. O'Keefe is an acceptable Gawain and you couldn't ask for a better actor to play the Green Knight than Connery, but the lackluster script and direction, combined with what must have been a sorry budget, doom their efforts and those of everyone else involved in the film. Sets and costumes are adequate, but the plot is convoluted and rather boring and not at all faithful to the great source poem. Indeed, much of the plot is apparently inspired by the tale of Gawain's cousin, Yvain, instead. The climax makes little sense and betrays the original tale, while the ending is supposed to be melancholy but just disappoints like so much of the rest of this film. Perhaps worth a look for curiosity's sake or for the very good first act if you don't expect too much."
Tale of sword and sorcery
Kristoffer Anderson | Redmond, Washington United States | 03/31/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is a view of the ideal medieval knight in the ideal medieval world and his adventures while out on a quest. The movie is one of the strangest to ever come out of the eighties, but also leaves an impression on you. Full of unusual and magical characters, this film is like an Odyssey of the middle ages. Without Sean Connery, I doubt this movie would have ever been viewed. He truly makes this movie as the mischevious enigmatic spirit we call the Green Knight."
Shot in widescreen - chopped for DVD
James Field | New Westminster, British Columbia Canada | 04/06/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Why amazon does not tell you up front this movie has been chopped for the DVD I don't know. This release is standard version, not widescreen."