First Knight

Synopsis: Lancelot lives by the sword. In fact, they're next door neighbours, so teaming up to fight for money comes pretty naturally. Lady Guinevere, on her way to marry King Arthur is ambushed by the evil Sir Malagant. Fortunately Lancelot is lurking nearby and he rescues his future queen. They fall in love, but Guinevere still fancies the idea of wearing a crown, so she honours her promise to Arthur. Can Lady Guinevere remain faithful, or will this Pretty Woman become a lady of the knight?
Director(s): Jerry Zucker
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
134 min

Good.|Do you want to know how to win?

Be the only one with a sword.


Give him a hand! He fought well!

Well done. John.

Winner takes all, my friends!|One more challenger and I'll leave.

Once in a lifetime, you meet a man|so fearless. no man can touch him.

While you're waiting for him,|you can practice on me.

As sure as the sun will rise.|there's a man who's better than me.

He could be here. It could be today.


It could be you.

- He looks strong. Is he good?|- Try him and see!

Go on. Mark. But don't hurt him.

So, you're Mark, are you?|I'm Lancelot.

- Are you ready?|- I'm ready.

You don't have to kill me to win.

- Got tight hold of your sword?|- Don't you worry about that!

Can I give you some advice?|Don't drop your sword.

Is this your sword?|Give him a hand!

- Well done. Mark!|- How did you do that?

- Was that a trick?|- No. That's the way I fight.

Could I do it?|Tell me. I can learn.

Study your opponent, so you know|what he'll do before he does it.

- I can do that.|- And wait for the critical moment.

- I can do that.|- You can't care about your life.

Come on! Quickly!

Shut the doors!

Where's Daddy?

Burn it down.

We'll be burnt alive!

We need water! Get water!

- No! Wait till they've gone!|- We'll be dead by then!


Last night, men from this village|killed three of my people.

In reprisal,|I have destroyed your village.

The borderlands have been lawless|long enough.

Know now. that I am the law!

Come on!

There she is.

Mind the dog!

- Come here, milady.|- Wait.

- Milady ...|- I won't be much longer.

There's been another attack.|Another border village burnt.

Anne, take my place.

- Is it Malagant again?|- Yes. A small group got away.

- Are they being looked after?|- They want to see you first.

No, no, please. You poor people,|after such a terrible Journey.

We didn't know|where else to turn, milady.

They say we're outlaws.|They say we crossed the border.

I know. It's all Lies. He means|to frighten us into submission.

- Don't give in to him. We'll fight.|- I'm not the yielding kind.

Jacob. Take these good people in|and give them food and drink.

When you've rested, we shall pray|for your village and for Leonesse.

- God keep you safe, milady.|- And you. Now, go.

- It's the third village he's burnt.|- Does he want to destroy us all?

- He wants us to sign his treaty.|- He thinks we won't challenge him.

If he doesn't get what he asks,|he has the power to take it.

Oswald ...|You say nothing.

- You know what I think. child.|- Yes, I suppose I do.

- Prince Malagant must be answered.|- He will be. I shall decide today.

Now leave me.|Oswald, stay.

- I had hoped to have more time.|- Don't you know your own heart?

I know what I want.|I want to marry.

I want to live and die in Leonesse.

But I can't have everything I want,|can l?

Forgive me, but an offer of marriage|from Arthur of Camelot ...

Yes. I know.|You're right, of course.

No more words. Let it be done.

- You accept the offer?|- I shall marry Arthur of Camelot.

I was so proud to hold you|in my arms at your birth.

I shall be prouder still|to see you wed.

Poor Arthur. The only dowry|I bring him is a land in danger.

- But I shall love him. Oswald.|- You should. child.

I could never marry a man|without love.

Arthur wears his power so lightly.

He has such gentleness in his eyes.

I've never known anyone like him.

How could I love anyone more?


It could be an ambush.|Look to the trees!

Protect the carriage!

Don't break the line.

Wait! Wait!


Follow! Follow!

It's all right.

They're going.


Watch your flank!

We've got to jump!|Come on. Elise!

Roll when you hit the ground!

Petronella. come on!

You have to!


Save yourself!|It's me they'll follow!

She must have gone to ground.

She can't be far.


Don't move.

- Who are you?|- Who cares?

Kill him!

- What is it?|- There were three.

Don't even breathe.|You ... drop the sword.

- Can I have her when you're done?|- You were after the woman?

Of course. Have you ever seen|anything so beautiful?

- I don't know about that.|- You don't want her?

Her soft skin, sweet lips ...|young, firm body.

- I have my orders.|- Who's to know?

- I should take her back.|- I'll hold her for you.

- It won't take long.|- I don't want any trouble.

This one's no trouble.|Look at her. She wants it.

- What's she doing?|- See for yourself. Turn her around.

Look into her eyes.|See what she's got for you.

Hello, pretty.

Now ... what have you got for me?

Come on.

Come on.

Let's go.

Why did you risk your life for me?|They could have killed you.

I'm not that easy to kill.

Do you know who I am?|Guinevere. I'm the Lady of Leonesse.

Well? Doesn't it please you to know|you saved the life of a lady?

- I'd be happy to save a dairy maid.|- She couldn't reward you.

If she were as pretty as you,|she could.

- What did I do?|- You insulted me.

Now I've insulted you.

How dare you treat me like this?

I take it you know no better.

You have done me a good service|and I shall forget the matter.

- Which way?|- I've never been here before.

See the scavenger birds?

They're looking for small animals|crushed by the passing wagons.

- About this reward ...|- My man will pay you.

- I don't want money.|- I'm on my way to be married.

Then you're not married yet.|You're free.

- I've given my word.|- I don't want your word.

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William Nicholson

William Benedict Nicholson, OBE, FRSL is a British screenwriter, playwright, and novelist who has been nominated twice for an Oscar. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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