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King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)

While leading the Third Crusade, King Richard Lionheart battles treachery in his own camp as well as the Saracens and their charismatic leader Saladin.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Walter Scott (novel) (as Sir Walter Scott), John Twist (screen play by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rex Harrison ... Emir Hderim Sultan Saladin
Virginia Mayo ... Lady Edith Plantagenet
George Sanders ... King Richard I
Laurence Harvey ... Sir Kenneth of Huntington
Robert Douglas ... Sir Giles Amaury
Michael Pate ... Conrad, Marquis of Montferrat
Paula Raymond ... Queen Berengaria
Lester Matthews ... Archbishop of Tyre / Narrator
Anthony Eustrel ... Baron De Vaux
Henry Corden ... King Philip of France
Wilton Graff ... Duke Leopold of Austria
Nejla Ates ... Moorish Dancing Girl
Nick Cravat ... Nectobanus
Leslie Bradley ... Castelaine Captain
Bruce Lester ... Castelaine
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Storyline

In 1191, King Richard the Lionhearted, along with several other European monarchs, is in the Holy Land intent on retaking Jerusalem from the Saracens. There is much infighting and outright treachery in the European encampment however. Two nobles in particular, Sir Giles Amaury and Conrad of Montferrat, want to eliminate the English king and attempt to have him assassinated. Severely wounded and on his death bed, Richard is brought back to health by a Saracen doctor recruited by one of his loyal knights, Sir Kenneth of the Leopard. The king recovers from his wounds but when he hears that Sir Lawrence wishes to marry Lady Edith Plantagenet, the knight is banished only to be taken in by the very doctor who treated the king and who has an altogether different identity. Written by rodmch

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Talisman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,100,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (RCA Sound System)| Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (35 mm optical prints)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The film invents a military order of "Castelaines" or "Castlers", of which Sir Giles (Robert Douglas) is the Master. In the source novel, these characters are Knights Templar, whom Walter Scott invariably depicted as villains. It is unclear whether the change was made because of the Production Code (Templars were a monastic order, so hostile depictions might fall under the rules against negative depictions of clergy), or to avoid upsetting the Masonic Knights Templar, of which a number of distinguished Hollywood figures were members. See more »

Goofs

During the fanfare before the jousting match, trumpets are blaring and a dozen men are banging on huge drums. One of the drummers is wearing glasses. See more »

Quotes

Saladin: These strange pale-eyed Goths, they show their hearts like the bumps on a pomegranate.
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some people should not write movie reviews
9 May 2007 | by blakdukeSee all my reviews

Why is it that people who write movie reviews always expect a message from the movie or the movie to make some social statement, or worse yet each movie has to have academy award performances. King Richard and the Crusaders will never win an academy award for anything. Is it pleasant escapism, absolutely. Knights in armor, damsel in distress, nefarious plots all over the place, swords, pitched battles, good lord all that and you want academy award dialog as well?????? Many a rainy Saturday I crawled up in my chair and watched this movie. Accept it for what it is and don't try to milk more out of it than what is there. As for it being in the top 50 worst movies.. Like I said some people should not review movies. These kinds of film were being pumped out like cannon fodder in the early 50's. Ivanhoe, the Black Knight etc. Even Ivanhoe was not any type of academy award film and yet it received some very favorable reviews. So if your going to post reviews, reflect on what the movie is before slamming it for no good reason.


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