King Arthur

King Arthur

Antoine Fuqua (2004)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Less a "re-imagining" of the Arthurian legend and more a Dark Ages-set remake of The Magnificent Seven, this Jerry Bruckheimer production still manages to be an occasionally exciting adventure with convincingly staged battle scenes. Most of the traditional elements are missing - there's no wizardry, no Camelot and no love triangle - so instead we get Arthur (a subdued Clive Owen) recast as a soldier with British lineage serving in the Roman army, and Guinevere (Keira Knightley) as a woad-wearing warrior. With the mystical nature of the original myth dismissed, what remains is a mud-splattered western-style stand-off, with Arthur and his six loyal knights posted to Hadrian's Wall to repel a Saxon invasion. The knights all look the part - particularly Ray Winstone, who almost steals the film as the hard-fighting father of numerous illegitimate children - but the would-be rousing speeches and obligatory love scene fall flat.


A Roman commander is posted to Britain in the last days of the empire and given a final mission to rescue a high-ranking official and his son stranded in the north. However, the endeavour reveals his true destiny is to lead the Britons against the new Saxon invasion, and marks the start of a legend. Historical adventure, starring Clive Owen, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone, Ioan Gruffudd and Stephen Dillane.

Cast & Crew

Arthur Clive Owen
Guinevere Keira Knightley
Cerdic Stellan Skarsgård
Bors Ray Winstone
Lancelot Ioan Gruffudd
Tristram Mads Mikkelsen
Merlin Stephen Dillane
Galahad Hugh Dancy
Gawain Joel Edgerton
Dagonet Ray Stevenson
Cynric Til Schweiger
Marius Honorius Ken Stott
Ganis Charlie Creed-Miles
Jols Sean Gilder
Director Antoine Fuqua
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Violence, some swearing, a sex scene. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Jul 2004