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Camelot (1967)

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The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere. The plot of illegitimate Mordred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights.

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Joshua Logan

Writers:

Alan Jay Lerner (based on the play "Camelot" book by), T.H. White (novel) | 1 more credit »
Won 3 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Harris ... King Arthur
Vanessa Redgrave ... Guenevere
Franco Nero ... Lancelot Du Lac
David Hemmings ... Mordred
Lionel Jeffries ... King Pellinore
Laurence Naismith ... Merlyn
Pierre Olaf Pierre Olaf ... Dap
Estelle Winwood ... Lady Clarinda
Gary Marshal ... Sir Lionel
Anthony Rogers Anthony Rogers ... Sir Dinadan
Peter Bromilow ... Sir Sagramore
Sue Casey Sue Casey ... Lady Sybil
Gary Marsh ... Tom of Warwick
Nicolas Beauvy Nicolas Beauvy ... King Arthur as a Boy
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Storyline

The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere is played out amid the pagentry of Camelot. The plot of illegitimate Modred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, whom she at first abhors, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights who would use their might for right. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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In Breathtaking 70mm Wide Screen and Full Stereophonic Sound! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Camelot See more »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero met while making this film, got married, and have a child together. They also worked together in Letters to Juliet (2010), as lovers who found each other after years apart. See more »

Goofs

The size of the flame changes heights between shots after Guenevere lights a matchstick while lying down in bed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
A Knight: The rules of battle are not for Lancelot Du Lac, Your Majesty! Let us attack now while they sleep!
King Arthur: [firmly] We will attack when I give the command - at dawn.
[the knight leaves, and Arthur begins to talk to himself]
King Arthur: Oh, Merlyn, Merlyn, why is Ginny in that castle, behind walls I cannot enter? How did I blunder into this agonizing absurdity? Where did I stumble? How did I go wrong? Should I not have loved her?
[sighs]
King Arthur: Then I should not have been born! Oh, Merlyn, I haven't got much ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on cable channels in the 1980's featured the Warner Bros-Seven Arts "W" logo in the opening credits instead of saying "Warner Bros-Seven Arts presents". All other releases of the film (including the original roadshow run, the film's general release, re-releases, the 30th anniversary VHS, and the DVD) are without the logo, and simply say "Warner Bros-Seven Arts presents". But oddly enough, the cover of the film soundtrack album says "Warner Bros. Pictures Presents", and shows the famous Warner Bros. shield. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Muppet Show: Pearl Bailey (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Guenevere
(uncredited)
Lyrics By Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Sung by chorus
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read the book instead
29 April 2003 | by emisue02See all my reviews

"Camelot" is the story of the King Arthur legend, but it takes this legend from the incredible book, "The Once and Future King" by T. H. White. I just finished reading the book and found it very entertaining and insightful. If the production team of this movie had any clue what "entertaining" and "insightful" mean, they would have done a much better job with this movie. Why in the world do you hire people who can't sing to play the leads in a musical? If you absolutely must, then you find someone to dub their voices. Men can get away with sort of singing (i. e. Rex Harrison, or even Richard Harris in this movie), but women can't-it just doesn't go over well. Julie Andrews was one of the greatest musical stars of all time and had the part on Broadway, so why didn't she do this instead of Vanessa Redgrave? She's a better actress in some respects, but let's face it-Julie can SING like no one else. She got a Tony nod for her part in the Broadway version, but one of the executives on this film (I don't remember which one) said "Can you picture two men going to war over Julie Andrews?" Maybe they would if they had let her sing-you know, that thing she does better than anyone in movie and stage musicals of that era.

But even with the horrible miscasting, the movie still has flaws that probably date back to the stage version. The songs are wonderful, but that book just doesn't lend itself to being a musical. It's rather tragic, which musicals usually aren't, and it's very introspective and filled with social commentary. The last two can usually work for a musical, but not this one. Having to bring out all of T. H. White's descriptions of chivalry and the concept of "might for right" in dialogue somehow degrades them, making them come across as trite. However, without them, the movie would have no point. My advice-get the original Broadway soundtrack and the book, and maybe Disney's "The Sword and the Stone," instead.


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