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Ivanhoe (1952)

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Returning to England from the Third Crusades, Ivanhoe is given a cool but cordial reception by his estranged father Cedric, a Saxon who despises the Norman king Richard the Lionhearted. Leaving his father's castle, Ivanhoe rescues Isaac, a wealthy Jew, from a band of anti-Semitic Normans.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Romance
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MGM Home Entertainment

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Cast

Robert Taylor
as Ivanhoe
Joan Fontaine
as Lady Rowena
George Sanders
as Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert
Robert Douglas
as Sir Hugh de Bracy
Finlay Currie
as Cedric
Felix Aylmer
as Isaac of York
Francis De Wolff
as Font De Boeuf
Guy Rolfe
as Prince John
Norman Wooland
as King Richard
Basil Sydney
as Waldemar Fitzurse
Harold Warrender
as Locksley
Patrick Holt
as Philip De Malvoisin
Roderick Lovell
as Ralph de Vipont
Sebastian Cabot
as Clerk of Copmanhurst
John Ruddock
as Hundebert
Megs Jenkins
as Servant to Isaac
Valentine Dyall
as Norman Guard
Lionel Harris
as Roger of Bermondsley
Carl Jaffe
as Austrian Monk
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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
Variety
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

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
EmanuelLevy.Com

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
DVDJournal.com

Audience Reviews for Ivanhoe

½

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
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Not perfect but better than the 1982 version. The MGM Ivanhoe is a good example of the medival swashbucker. Sure, it's not without shortcomings--Athelstane and Ulrica do not appear and Rebecca is tried by Prince John instead of Lucas Beaumanoir--but it's a well-paced movie that hits the highlights of the novel and features far better production values than the 1982 remake. Elizabeth Taylor looks gorgeous and plays Rebecca with a strong sense of love, courage and friendship. Joan Fontaine is lovely as Rowena (Lysette Anthony is the merest painted doll in comparision) and you don't wonder why Ivanhoe fell in love with her. Robert Taylor was a decent competent actor but never brilliant. (Why Richard Thorpe would cast an American in a sea of British actors is beyond me.) However, he does well in the battle sequences and proves a good masculine contrast to the effeminante-looking Anthony Andrews. Finlay Currie is grand as Lord Cedric, Emlyn Williams is a whimsical Wamba and Guy Rolfe is a truly nasty and crafty Prince John. Not the best adaption of Sir Walter Scott's classic but still a very darn good one!

Lukas Miller
Lukas Miller

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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