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Prince Valiant (1954) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Robert Wagner, Janet Leigh, James Mason, Debra Paget, Sterling Hayden, Victor McLaglen, Brian Aherne, Primo Carnera, Howard Wendell, Donald Crisp, Per

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A bright, colorful Saturdy-matinee type movie adapted from Hal Foster's comic strip. Loosely based on characters and concepts from the strip, a young Viking prince is sent to King Arthur's court to become a knight and regain the throne and sword that was stolen from his father. He winds up getting squired to Sir Gawain and tangled up in a plot to userp the throne from King Arthur by one of his knights. There is also a romance involving a Princess or two. There are lengthy passages without dialogue that are actually handled quite well. Young Robert Wagner is sincere and energetic as the hero, despite his silly page-boy wig. The action is thrilling and fun to watch. There are jousts, castle seiges, chase scenes, escapes, arrows, and sword-fights galore!
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Legal/Political Thriller?    -   Yes Political Plotlets:    -   power struggle between good/bad govt factions    -   deposing an evil leader

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   20's-30's Nudity    -   Chest Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Scandinavia    -   England/UK Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing with ropes Forest?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   warship    -   swimming on    -   drowning Misc setting    -   prison    -   fort/military installation    -   castle    -   church/synagogue

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   land battles    -   hand to hand    -   swords Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   crushed    -   flamed    -   perforation--swords/knives Lot of special effects?    -   Yes Kinds of F/X    -   exploding bombs If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15 Is this movie based on a    -   comics

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