Excalibur script
Excalibur (1981)
Synopsis: The magical sword of Excalibur starts off in the hands of British lord Uther Pendragon (Gabriel Byrne) and then, years later, finds its way to his bastard son, Arthur (Nigel Terry), the knave destined to become king. Aided by the sorcerer Merlin (Nicol Williamson), Arthur fulfills his fate by bringing together the Knights of the Round Table at Camelot and unifying the country. However, this flawed monarch faces greater tests ahead in pursuit of love, the Holy Grail and his nation's survival.

The enemies lock eyes and Merlin watches anxiously.

DUKE OF CORNWALL

Done!

All men from both sides break out in wild cheers.

DUKE OF CORNWALL

My Lord King Uther, let us feast

together. To my castle. Lord Merlin,

you must join -

But Merlin is nowhere in sight.

INT. TINTAGEL CASTLE - HALL - NIGHT

Drums and wailing flutes fill the banquet hall with a lusty

rhythm. Armored warriors watch a lone woman dancing. She is

very beautiful, both sensuous and innocent.

Uther sits at the long table beside the Duke of Cornwall

with the barons and dukes of the land, and the lesser knights.

The table is stained with wine and littered with bones and

half-eaten fruit.

Uther's eyes burn with lust as he watches the dancer.

DUKE OF CORNWALL

I would wish you such a wife, Lord

Uther, as my Igrayne. So innocent,

but in bed, a furnace...

The Duke rises and goes to his wife, be-striding the center

of the hall and Igrayne weaves circles of dance around him.

He gloats with pride.

The words escape his lips:

UTHER:

I must have her.

Lot spins to face him.

LOT:

What? You're mad! What about the

alliance?

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John Boorman

John Boorman is an English film-maker who is best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Hell in the Pacific, Deliverance, Zardoz, Excalibur, The Emerald Forest, Hope and Glory, The General, The Tailor of Panama, and Queen and Country. more…

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