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Camelot (1967)

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This medieval tale recounts the story of King Arthur who seeks to establish a peaceful state by gathering together a force of knights. Sir Lancelot is the one with whom Arthur builds a strong friendship, but whose romantic inclinations towards his king's wife are reciprocated and undeniable. Before long, there is scandal and tragedy results. This feature, based on the classic from T.H. White, won Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction and Best Musical Score, as well as garnishing nominations for Best Sound and Best Cinematography.

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Cast

Richard Harris
as King Arthur
Franco Nero
as Lancelot Du Lac
Lionel Jeffries
as King Pellimore
Estelle Winwood
as Lady Clarinda
Gary Marshal
as Sir Lionel
Anthony Rogers
as Sir Dinadan
Peter Bromilow
as Sir Sagramore
Sue Casey
as Lady Sybil
Nicolas Beauvy
as King Arthur as a boy
Garry Marshall
as Sir Lionel
Gary K. Marshall
as Sir Lionel
Garry Marsh
as Tom of Warwick
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Critic Reviews for Camelot

All Critics (12)

... considered a classic by many and a disaster by others. I'm in that other camp.

May 19, 2012 | Full Review…

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.

May 8, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

...a sentimental, idealistic piece of romance and adventure, fluff to be sure, but fluff I continue to enjoy.

April 13, 2012 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A handsome to look at but dull and flat musical despite the high caliber talent.

June 30, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Ponderous and super romantic date movie musical.

October 16, 2004 | Rating: 5/5

so corny you've got to love it

September 19, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Camelot

½

Released just four years after Disney's The Sword in the Stone, this Warner Brothers production based on the Broadway musical about King Arthur and Guenevere feels like Richard Harris's Arthur is the animated Disney youth grown up complete with dream like memories of being taught about "the birds and the bees" by Merlin in the forest. Of course both share the source material of T.H. White's The Once and Future King series of novels. Based on this movie I don't have a very high opinion of Lerner's book and lyrics or Loewe's music. It is full of lavish costumes and sets that make for pure fantasy, but the music is awfully repetitive with what seemed like half of the total lyrics being simply the title word Camelot. This ideal place. Camelot. This dream-like Kingdom. Camelot. This castle of love and right. Camelot. Oh, Camelot! Where IS the round table and these other chivalrous knights?! Richard Harris's King Arthur is annoyingly petulant. Vanessa Redgrave's Guenevere is regal, yet also clearly a flower child of the 60s embracing free love. David Hemmings's Mordred is also a mop-haired rebel youth angry at the older generation, who fits better in the 60s counterculture than in the Middle Ages. Lionel Jeffries's King Pellinore, the maimed former King from the original myths, supplies goofy comic relief. The Italian Franco Nero plays the supposedly French Lancelot fairly well. He fights King Arthur. He pledges his full support to King Arthur. He falls in love with Guenevere. He jousts. He is an impossibly good-looking heartthrob, but his singing was dubbed by someone else named Gene Merlino. It was a horrible chore to sit through this three hour boring musical adaptation.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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