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  1. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Excalibur

    Metaphorical telling about Chivalry, from birth to disappearance. Brought back a lot of souvenirs from my college years. Recommended.

  2. Eric Ortiz García's rating of the film Excalibur

  3. FISCHER's rating of the film Excalibur

    Une extraordinaire photographie, une parfaite maîtrise du cadre, un climat épique bien rendu, font de cette oeuvre un excellent moment de détente et une grande leçon de cinéma. Un bravo à l'acteur Nicol Williamson dans le rôle de Merlin l'Enchanteur. www.cinefiches.com

  4. En Sangers Bøn's rating of the film Excalibur

    I've never been found of this commercial production but Boorman adds something special here. The last part of the film is gloriously epic and mystical.

  5. Jim Fear's rating of the film Excalibur

    Pure medieval darkness.

  6. Mark O. Stack's rating of the film Excalibur

  7. John Matrix's rating of the film Excalibur

    Boorman's fantasy epic is elemental. Arthur's doomed attempt to harmonize his inner self with the laws of his kingdom is the story of every compromised leader. And he seems to know this: he tells Guinevere, "I was not born to live a man's life, but to be the stuff of future memory." The expository dialogue fits b/c it's delivered by walking archetypes. Also the combat is great: it feels barely choreographed & raw.

  8. T. J. Mesen's rating of the film Excalibur

    Top Ten countdown – #3 Employs the essential Western myth to blend the act of filmmaking with mythmaking. Its unique surreal mise-en-scène both suits the epic of man rising dominant over the old world, and carries the weight he brings along—a belief in utopia but also jealousy, violence, and contempt. Boorman honours JMS's words: "That man is a magnificent thing, and at the same moment he's the curse of the planet."

  9. HKFanatic's rating of the film Excalibur

    From the breathless, Wagner-scored prologue that opens John Boorman's "Excalibur," image after ferocious image is seared indelibly onto film, wielding the power of myth yet carrying the weight of history. No doubt you can trace the lineage of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" and TV's "Game of Thrones" back here, but for sheer phantasmagoric spectacle "Excalibur" is virtually without peer in its genre.

  10. Andrew Miller's rating of the film Excalibur

    Some of this is delightfully camp now-- not sure it's really possible to pull off Arthurian narratives otherwise.

  11. aliasgenius's rating of the film Excalibur

    Such a dark, memorable uneven film.

  12. ConnorMo's rating of the film Excalibur

    From the cinematography to the costume design, this film just works. Apart from some underdeveloped aspects - Arthur's abrupt rise to king, (Does he really not know Excalibur is almost impossible to remove?) It's all easily overlooked however, as the action scenes are beautifully filmed and the performances are more than worthy of the quite impressive script. And it's all covered in a wonderfully crafted atmosphere.

  13. Howard Fritzson's rating of the film Excalibur

    "...Anál nathrach, orth’ bháis’s bethad, do chél dénmha. Anál nathrach, orth’ bháis’s bethad, do chél dénmha..." -- Merlin, reciting the charm of making. Does anyone know what it actually means.? I love the way it sounds, especially with the timbre of Nicol Williamson.

  14. Drew Kelly's rating of the film Excalibur

    Looks like an Otto Dix painting. Pretty damn schlocky though...

  15. Ghostman's rating of the film Excalibur

    My pick for best fantasy film ever. Certainly the most beautiful looking.

  16. L3onard Sh3lby's rating of the film Excalibur

    zu o fortuna würde ich beinah auch in die schlacht reiten ;)

  17. Yasser Azmy's rating of the film Excalibur

    Damn that was a good image

  18. Lthm2's rating of the film Excalibur

    The cinematography is alright and cool, nothing to be amazed by, but the storytelling and the way the Knights of the Roundtable is told is wonderful.

  19. Siavash Aliparast's rating of the film Excalibur

    The ultimate Arthurian adaptation.

  20. Graham Duncan Hill's rating of the film Excalibur

    I think this is the guilty pleasure of many people because this film is highly enjoyable but actually quite terrible. Nicol Williamson as Merlin is the only reason anyone is watching this film.

  21. Knut Morte's rating of the film Excalibur

    Wow, those guys who wrote the Arthurian Legend did a shitty job, haha

  22. Duncan Gray's rating of the film Excalibur

    This was attacked in its day for bad writing, and not without cause. But that just makes me wish it was still okay in 1981 to make a silent film, so that all the wooden dialogue and mythic characters could be properly reduced to abstract bullet points (where they belong) and leave us to luxuriate in the music and imagery. One of the most visually expressive movies I've seen.

  23. Bibi Lamy's rating of the film Excalibur

  24. Isilda Castro's rating of the film Excalibur

    This movie, and the soundtrack! I loved it!

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