Uther Pendragon is given the mystical sword Excalibur by the wizard Merlyn. At his death Uther buries the sword into a stone, and the next man that can pull it out will be King of England. Years later Arthur, Uther's bastard son draws Excalibur and becomes king. Guided by Merlyn, Arthur marries Guenivere and gathers the Knights of the Round Table. Arthur's evil half-sister Morgana sires a son with him, who may prove his downfall.
The film is perhaps best known for launching the film careers of Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne, Patrick Stewart and Ciarán Hinds.
Ciarán appears in the credits as Ciarin Hinds.
Co-stars: Nigel Terry and Helen Mirren
Director: John Boorman
Screenplay: Rospo Pallenberg and John Boorman
Run-time: 140 mn
Release date: 10 April 1981 (USA)
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