The Siege of the Saxons

The Siege of the Saxons

Nathan Juran (1963)

U Certificate


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Second-rate British thespians clank around in chain mail while women blush demurely in this Arthurian tosh that was made for peanuts. The sword Excalibur is still the weapon of choice, sought after by outlaw hero Ronald Lewis, the wooden Mark Dignam as King Arthur himself, and Jerome Willis as a villain with a dodgy leg. Chief damsel, in a flowing nightie, is Janette Scott, the daughter of Thora Hird and a leading British starlet of the day. If modern audiences hadn't been spoilt by parodies such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this cheesy plod might have seemed rather amusing; instead, it's just several knights short of a round table.


King Arthur is betrayed and killed by one of his knights, who has formed an alliance with an invading Saxon horde and intends to seize the throne himself. However, the dead monarch's daughter is rescued by an outlaw, who seeks the aid of Merlin in ensuring the crown passes to her instead of the villainous usurper. Medieval adventure, starring Ronald Lewis, Janette Scott and John Laurie.

Cast & Crew

Robert Marshall Ronald Lewis
Katherine Janette Scott
Edmund of Cornwall Ronald Howard
King Arthur Mark Dignam
Merlin John Laurie
Limping man Jerome Willis
Saxon Prince Richard Clarke (3)
Doctor Charles Lloyd Pack
Blacksmith Francis De Wolff
Earl of Chatham John Gabriel
Young monk Peter Mason
Thief Michael Mellinger
Director Nathan Juran
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd