Ivanhoe (1952)




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Produced by MGM's British facilities, the Technicolor Ivanhoe starred Robert Taylor in the title role. Returning to England from the Third Crusades, Ivanhoe is given a cool but cordial reception by his estranged father Cedric (Finlay Currie), a Saxon who despises the Norman king Richard the Lionhearted. Cedric introduces Ivanhoe's fellow knights De Bois-Guilbert (George Sanders) and Sir Hugh de Bracy (Robert Douglas) to Cedric's lovely ward Rowena (Joan Fontaine), who was in love with Ivanhoe … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Noel Langley, Aeneas MacKenzie
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 11, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment


as Ivanhoe

as Lady Rowena

as Sir Brian de Bois-Gu...

as Sir Hugh de Bracy

as Cedric

as Isaac of York

as Font De Boeuf

as Prince John

as King Richard

as Waldemar Fitzurse

as Philip De Malvoisin

as Ralph de Vipont

as Clerk of Copmanhurst

as Hundebert

as Servant to Isaac

as Norman Guard

as Roger of Bermondsley

as Austrian Monk

as Philip De Malvoisin
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Critic Reviews for Ivanhoe

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Ivanhoe is a great romantic adventure, mounted extravagantly, crammed with action, and emerges as a spectacular feast.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The dialogue and script are fatuously Americanised from Scott's original, but these chivalric Hollywood sagas still have a strange poetic quality about them.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

As Ivanhoe, Robert Taylor does a good, sturdy, manly job and George Sanders is intriguingly fluid as the emotionally torn De Bois-Guilbert.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Luxe MGM historical ransacking, locationed to the nines, beautiful to look upon, but with energy lapses in the soggy script of Sir Walter Scott's epic classic.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

By standrads of the 1950s, this is a passably entertaining period adventure, representing Hollywood's effort to fight the competition from the new and threatening medium of TV.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009

While Joan Fontaine was one of MGM's marquee beauties, she must have rued the day that Ivanhoe's other damsel went to Elizabeth Taylor, who steals Fontaine's thunder with her eyes alone.

Full Review… | April 6, 2006

Audience Reviews for Ivanhoe


Richard the Lionhearted had yet to return from the debacle that was the 3rd Crusade and the Norman peoples in England are not being nice to the "we were here first, praise Jesus!" Saxon crowd in the meantime. Robin of Locksley and his boys are busy holding barbecues in the woods, so what's a country to do? Enter (in Technicolor) the wooden Robert Taylor, the only Saxon Knight with the heuvos rancheroes to take on the filthy, inbred, child molestin', yada-yada Norman scum. George Sanders capably fills his bad guy suit of armor, and Ms. Taylor, more radiant than when she played Cleopatra years later, is the woman between them. The siege at the castle is pretty cool.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I wouldn't call this one of the best swashbuckling adventures, as flixster does. It has it's moments, but it isn't too exciting. It's just okay.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Robert Taylor stars in this tale of chivalry from the times of yore based on Sir Walter Scott's classic novel. The production design is variable and fight sequences a little unconvincing, but the source material provides an unusually strong story an...(read more)d well-written characters featuring a nice message of racial and religious co-operation and tolerance. George Sanders makes a three dimensional and not entirely unsympathetic villain, and Taylor has both Joan Fontaine AND the radiant Elizabeth Taylor vying for his affections. The lucky dog. A superior good old fashioned swashbuckler.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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