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Knightriders (1981)

R | | Action, Drama | 10 April 1981 (USA)
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A medieval reenactment troupe find it increasingly difficult to keep their family-like group together, with pressure from local law enforcement, interest from entertainment agents and a growing sense of delusion from their leader.

Director:

George A. Romero

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Harris ... Billy
Gary Lahti ... Alan
Tom Savini ... Morgan
Amy Ingersoll Amy Ingersoll ... Linet
Patricia Tallman ... Julie
Christine Forrest Christine Forrest ... Angie
Warner Shook Warner Shook ... Pippin
Brother Blue Brother Blue ... Merlin
Cynthia Adler ... Rocky
John Amplas ... Whiteface
Don Berry Don Berry ... Bagman
Amanda Davies Amanda Davies ... Sheila
Martin Ferrero ... Bontempi
Ken Foree ... Little John
Ken Hixon Ken Hixon ... Steve
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Storyline

A travelling troupe of jousters and performers are slowly cracking under the pressure of hick cops, financial troubles and their failure to live up to their own ideals. The group's leader, King Billy, is increasingly unable to maintain his warrior's rule while the Black Knight is being tempted away to LA and stardom, as they all have to ask why they were here in the first place. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Taglines:

The Games...The Romance...The Spirit...Camelot is a state of mind.

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knights See more »

Filming Locations:

Natrona, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Laurel, United Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video) | (TV) (1988)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture debuted in the year preceding the similarly-titled, popular, yet unrelated television series Knight Rider (1982). Reportedly, the producers of Knightriders (1981) received a payment so the producers of Knight Rider (1982) would be able to retain usage and not have to change their TV series title. See more »

Goofs

Morgan's hair as he gets out of the pool goes from being soaking wet, to barely damp. See more »

Quotes

Bontempi: So, what's your name?
Marhalt: Marhalt.
Bontempi: I mean your "real" name.
Marhalt: [matter-of-factly] Marhalt.
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Connections

Referenced in Two Masters' Eyes (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

I'd Rather Be A Wanderer
Music, Lyrics and Sung by Donald Rubinstein
© 1981 United Film Distribution Co. - United Artists Corporation/Donald Rubinstein
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Kind of strange
15 October 2017 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

I'm not the best screenwriter in the world, and I've often wondered what the criteria is to get something financed and shot from a major studio. And even though I'm not the best writer, I think the concepts I have are solid. So, imagine my surprise when late night on HBO I see some film about a "bike gang" (of sorts) going around doing Chaucer.

The thing is meant to mimic and otherwise mirror social groups that have a leader. It's more social psychology, only dressed up with motorcycles and high middle ages armor and costume.

Me, personally, I could take it or leave it ... I chose to leave it. It's not a bad film, and in fact is quite professional looking. It's just an oddball film, probably based on some dude who had read Mallory or some such and, in fact, was the leader of a bike gang.

If nothing else it'll kill an hour and a half, but there are better films out there.


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