Camelot Movie Review Summary

Actors: Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, David Hemmings, Lionel Jeffries, Laurence Naismith

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Arthur ("Wart") pulls Excalibur from the stone and becomes King of all England. He doesn't want to be King until his eyes befall Guinevere, his betrothed. He envisions a world where knights fight for right and creates the Round Table, which Lancelot joins after hearing about it in France. Lance is very arrogant and disliked by all but Arthur; Guinevere plots against him, but falls in love when his "miraculous powers" enable him to bring a fallen knight back from the dead. He too falls for her, and they fight their passion until they can no longer.
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Arthur senses it and vows that he will stand by them. Mordred comes to Camelot, and turns the knights against Arthur and finally catches Lance and Jenny together; Lance escapes and rescues her at the stake. Mordred is Arthur's illegitimate son whom he had intended to recognize but couldn't bring himself to do. The movie ends with Arthur being forced to fight Lancelot, and just as he is falling into despair, a boy named Tom who stowed away tells of the tales of Camelot, might for right, and Arthur realizes it was not all for nothing; that Camelot will go on forever...
The review of this Movie prepared by Judy Wilkinson

"Mythical" King Arthur (Richard Harris) is a self-proclaimed "bachelor," until his pre-arranged married to Lady Guinevere (Vanessa Redgrave). Lady Guinevere's Father presents Arthur with a wedding present (The Round Table), in order for Arthur to build his army of distinguished Knights. During recruitment, Lancelot (Franco Nero) immigrates from France to join Arthur's Kingdom. Soon after, Lancelot falls in love with Guinevere (even though Guinevere attempted to bed several of Arthur's Knights as she could, prior to seducing Lancelot). Hence, Arthur's marriage eventually breaks down. Arthur's half Brother, Mordred, plots a conspiracy to overthrough Arthur. In conclusion, Arthur prevails, with Merlin's guidance, although tarnished, but remains steadfast in his convictions to the Crown.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jeanne Fritsch

This adaptation of the Broadway musical depicts the moral dilemma faced by a righteous and loving ruler (king Arthur) when he learns of the adultery of his wife (Guenevere) with his first knight and best friend (Lancelot). He believes in "might for right" and seeks the greater good rather than self gratification. A beautiful film with great moral and ethical lessons. Arthur is "real" in his hurting as a man, but must act as the noble King of Camelot in acting for what is best for all.
The review of this Movie prepared by debby

King Arthur marries Guenivere, then gets the idea of making Britain a better place. Then along comes Lancelot. Then along comes Mordred. Then all heck breaks loose. This version of the King Arthur story has the most emotionally convincing love triangle between Arthur, Lancelot, and Guenevere. Adapted from the stage play which was based on the Novel "The Once and Future King."
The review of this Movie prepared by Zorikh Lequidre

"Camelot," long a successful stage production, fails to transcend the media differences here and the Merry Month of May seems more like late November! Miscast as Arthur, Richard Harris (an excellent actor in his own right) fails to convince us that he's the "once and future king," and Vanessa Redgrave is equally unconvincing as Guenivere, although, personality-wise, she perhaps is closer in reality! Of course, the familiar stage tunes bounce about (new tunes were also enlisted--but do nothing to enrich the film). Still, it's difficult to destroy an Arthurian legend and this production isn't all bad. Just most of it!
The review of this Movie prepared by Bill Hobbs

Script Analysis of Camelot

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   middle ages Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   prince/king/queen/knight

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   40's-50's Has magical powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   can talk to animals Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Forest?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Any profanity?    -   None If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing    -   lot of singing and dancing Is this movie based on a    -   play

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