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I remember seeing this as a high school senior when it came out and was amazed. I’ve seen it several times over the decades and it still is entertaining. Any other fans of this movie?


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I played Dungeons & Dragons in my youth, so when I saw it, Excalibur was the live-action reenactment of D&D that I had always imagined. So yes, I was/am a fan.

It's fun to see actors in it before they were famous, mainly: Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson, and Gabriel Byrne.
 
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Yep, I am a fan. Watched it many times back in the 80s when it was on cable tv.



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I was in my first year at college when it came out. I was mesmerized by it and used to watch it whenever it came on cable. For its time (1981), I felt that it really captured the essence of the legend. I was just recently thinking that I should give it another go one of these days.
 
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Don’t remember much if anything at all. Vague memories of the entire cast dressed as Cylons and Hellen Mirren looking hot and sexy. Fond memories.

Directed by Boorman if i remember correctly.

Today you couldn’t pay me to go watch it. Big Grin

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There were many actors in the movie that went on to become famous. Certainly Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart and Helen Mirren come to mind.


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Yes, one of my top five. For those not familiar this film features very young versions of Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson, and Helen Mirren.


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Great movie, it's one of my favorites.


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Was just out of HS and getting into Wagnerian opera at the time this came out and really enjoyed the film. I also thought it was really cool that Boorman used all that Wagnerian music(and the Carmina Burana/Carl Orff opening section) for the sound track. I think I read somewhere he'd gone to Bayreuth and seen some of Wagner's operas before making this film; if so, it must have really made an impression on him!
 
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Huge fan. It hit me at exactly the right time in life (13 years old).

Fun trivia - I was watching the movie Ready Player One and there is an artifact that must be activated by a spell. As the spell is cast I realize - Hey! That's from Excalibur! It's the spell that Merlin casts on Utrecht to take on the form of his enemy so he can go sleep with his wife.




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I also thought it was really cool that Boorman used all that Wagnerian music(and the Carmina Burana/Carl Orff opening section) for the sound track.
Carmina Burana is one of the most frequently [over]used classical pieces in movies, especially in movie trailers. Nowhere have I seen it used as dramatically and inspired as it was in Excalibur. The rest of the Wagner pieces also fit in great.
 
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Will have to find it - I’ve not seen it.
 
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I remember seeing it back in the 80's, but haven't thought about it in years. Might have to hunt it up again....


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Probably the best Merlin character ever on the big screen. Smile



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Love that movie. Have the DVD somewhere but no more player.

Agree that Nicol Williamson's Merlin was the best I've seen.



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Yes, I'm a fan! Didn't realize it was Gabriel Byrne though. I did recognize Liam Neeson and Patrick Stewart though. It's a great movie but I haven't watched it in some years though.

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Probably the best Merlin character ever on the big screen. Smile


Definitely agree with that!






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Who can top Mirren’s Morgana?
 
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My favorite King Arthur movie of all time.
 
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