King Arthur

Synopsis: Based on a more realistic portrayal of "Arthur" than has ever been presented onscreen. The film will focus on the history and politics of the period during which Arthur ruled -- when the Roman empire collapsed and skirmishes over power broke out in outlying countries -- as opposed to the mystical elements of the tale on which past Arthur films have focused.
Director(s): Antoine Fuqua
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  4 wins & 8 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.3
Metacritic:
46
Rotten Tomatoes:
31%
PG-13
Year:
2004
126 min
$51,726,421
Website
1,221 Views


By 300 AD, the Roman Empire

extended from Arabia to Britain.

But they wanted more.

More land.

More peoples

loyal and subservient to Rome.

But no people so important

as the powerful Sarmatians to the east.

Thousands died on that field.

And when the smoke cleared on the fourth

day, the only Sarmatian soldiers left alive

were members ofthe decimated

but legendary cavalry.

The Romans, impressed by theirbravery

and horsemanship, spared theirlives.

In exchange, these warriors were

incorporated into the Roman military.

Better they had died that day.

(neighing)

Father.

They are here.

For the secondpart ofthe bargain they

struck indebted not only themselves...

The day has come.

..but also theirsons,

and theirsons, and so on,

to serve the empire as knights.

I was such a son.

There is a legend that

fallen knights return as great horses.

He has seen what awaits you,

and he will protect you.

Lancelot! Lancelot!

Lancelot.

Don't be afraid. l will return.

- How long shall we be gone?

- 1 5 years,

not including the months it'll take

to get to your post.

Lancelot!

(all shout out ''Rus!')

(Lancelot) Ourpost was Britain -

orat least the southern half,

for the land was divided by a 73-mile wall

built three centuries before us

to protect the empire from

the native fighters ofthe north.

So, as ourforefathers had done,

we made our way and reported

to ourRoman commanderin Britain,

ancestrally named for the firstArtorius,

orArthur.

Ah, as promised, the bishop's carriage.

- Our freedom, Bors.

- Mm. l can almost taste it.

And your passage to Rome, Arthur.

(horse whinnies)

Argh!

(warcries)

Woads!

(uproar, swords clinking)

Yaa-rgh!

Yah!

Argh!

Argh!

(triumphant cry)

Rus! Aagh!

Rus!

Rus.

Gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta

tu in mulieribus et Dominus tecum.

Benedicta tu in mulieribus.

Benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.

Benedicta tu in mulieribus...

Save your prayers, boy.

Your god doesn't live here.

Why did Merlin send you south of the wall?

Spill my blood with Excalibur and...

make this ground holy.

Pick it up.

Pick it up.

- Bors.

- What a bloody mess.

That's not the bishop.

God help us.

- What are they?

- Blue demons that eat Christians alive.

You're not a Christian, are you?

Does this really work?

(mutters gibberish)

Nothing.

Maybe l'm not doin' it right.

(man chuckling) Arthur!

Arthur Castus. Your father's image.

l haven't seen you since childhood.

Bishop Germanius. Welcome to Britain.

l see your military skills

are still of use to you.

Your device worked.

Ancient tricks of an ancient dog.

And these are the great Sarmatian knights

we have heard so much of in Rome.

l thought the Woads control

the north of Hadrian's Wall.

They do, but they

occasionally venture south.

Rome's anticipated withdrawal from Britain

has only increased their daring.

- (man) Woads?

- British rebels who hate Rome.

Men who want their country back.

- Who leads them?

- He's called Merlin.

A dark magician, some say.

Tristan, ride ahead

and make sure the road is clear.

Please do not worry, Bishop.

We will protect you.

Oh.

l've no doubt, Commander.

No doubt.

Dozens don't worry me

nearly so much as thousands.

Thousands?

Well, now that we're free men,

l'm gonna drink till l can't piss straight.

- You do that every night.

- l never could piss straight.

Too much of myself to handle...

down there.

Well, it's a problem.

No, really, it is. lt's a problem.

- lt's like a baby's arm holding an apple.

- (all) ..baby's arm holding an apple.

(laughter)

l don't like him, that Roman.

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David Franzoni

David Harold Franzoni (born March 4, 1947) is an American screenwriter and producer. His best-known screenplays include King Arthur, Gladiator (which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), Amistad, and Jumpin' Jack Flash. more…

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