Movie InfoJoshua Logan directs this lavish version of the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe Broadway success with Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, and Franco Nero in the lead roles originally portrayed on Broadway by Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, and Robert Goulet. The musical, based on T.H. White's The Once and Future King, chronicles the legend of King Arthur (Richard Harris) and his tortured love affair with his queen Guenevere (Vanessa Redgrave). Arthur first encounters Guenevere, on the day of their wedding, in the enchanted forest surrounding Camelot. After the wedding, Arthur's bliss at his marriage to the lovely Guenevere prompts him to establish the Knights of the Round Table, a lofty order of chivalry in which all the member knights are bound by a desire the help the oppressed, keeping faith with trust and honor. Such is the fame of the Knights of the Round Table that a young French knight, Lancelot Du Lac (Franco Nero), seeks to join the order. Lancelot quickly becomes the most celebrated of all the knights, and Guenevere, aloof at first, falls in love with him. Although both have a deep love for Arthur, their passion knows no bounds, and they begin an illicit love affair behind Arthur's back. Arthur ignores the rumors circling around him, but when his illegitimate son, Mordred (David Hemmings) arrives at Camelot, he exposes Lancelot and Guenevere during a tryst. Lancelot escapes, but Guenevere is sentenced to be burned at the stake. Lancelot rescues her at the last minute, and Arthur prepares for battle, his dreams of an idealistic Camelot shattered. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Camelot
... considered a classic by many and a disaster by others. I'm in that other camp.
Often so misguided that it threatens to become a spoof worthy of Monty Python or Mel Brooks -- when Arthur hisses, "I demand a man's vengeance!" he sounds exactly like Cloris Leachman bleating, "Death to King Louis!" in History of the World: Part I.
...a sentimental, idealistic piece of romance and adventure, fluff to be sure, but fluff I continue to enjoy.
A handsome to look at but dull and flat musical despite the high caliber talent.
Ponderous and super romantic date movie musical.
so corny you've got to love it
Audience Reviews for Camelot
Beautiful music and strong performances from Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave, however they are not singers and it hurts the picture mightily, leaving you wondering how much better it could have been with Richard Burton, Robert Goulet and especially Julie Andrews. Some of the costumes are truly amazing and justly famous.More
A rousing version of the Broadway musical. Perhaps the definitive Camelot version. It's very fresh and lively. The songs are great for the most part, with only a few sappy and boring ones to contend with. It's a delight to view the lushness of the sets and costumes.More
I hate musicals, and this a a perfect example why. Seeing Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave, great actors both, embarrass themselves bursting into song at inappropriate moments at the expense of any suspension of disbelief or drama is just shocking. Dreadful.More
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