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Ivanhoe

Robert Taylor , Elizabeth Taylor , Joseph Barbera , Richard Thorpe    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Among the most exciting of MGM swashbucklers, Richard Thorpe's 1952 Ivanhoe stars Robert Taylor as the medieval hero of Sir Walter Scott's novel. Returning to England from the Third Crusades, Ivanhoe is steadfast in his determination to raise the ransom for the captured King Richard (Norman Wooland), but the effort is full of peril. First is Ivanhoe's reunion with his estranged father (Finlay Currie), a Saxon who hates the Norman king and refuses to give his son the money. Then there's Ivanhoe's unpopular rescue of a wealthy Jew, Isaac (Felix Aylmer), from anti-Semites, and the subsequent decision by Isaac's beautiful daughter, Rebecca (Elizabeth Taylor), to pay Ivanhoe's entry fee in a tournament. (The strapped knight seeks the tourney's cash prize.) Wait, it gets worse: two of Ivanhoe's closest associates (played by George Sanders and Robert Douglas) collude with Richard's evil brother, Prince John (Guy Rolfe), to discredit their friend and steal away Rebecca and another woman, Rowena (Joan Fontaine)--who also fancies Ivanhoe--for themselves. Yes, the situation looks grim, but surprise appearances by a couple of legendary hero types toward the end help level the playing field. Nonstop adventure to make one swoon, Ivanhoe is a gorgeous treat and reasonably faithful to the Age of Chivalry. Things worked out so well for this film, Thorpe and Taylor got together the next year to make Knights of the Round Table. --Tom Keogh

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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Pure escapism to an earlier era when there is no confusion between good and evil, and dames in distress are always saved by noble knights in shining armours. Is does not hurt when Elizabeth Taylor was also in her very prime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly an adventure worth watching Nov. 10 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is one of those movies that wrap you up in the story and the adventure. There are many find actors that do not overwhelm the character they play. However you do notice right off James Mason as Isaac of York because of the strange attire. An odd surprise is the inclusion of the Herald, John Hallam who also plays Cedric Crackenthorpe in "Miss Marple: 4:50 from Paddington".

As with the movie Avalon where King Arthur is just a part of the story, it is interesting to find Robin Hood, of which many movies were made, to be just a part of this story. Usually these films leave everything in black and white (good or bad) however this version did have shades of gray in the story and people. Even Sam Neill as a de Bois-Guilbert was a good-bad guy. He had to choose between faith, courage, love, and honor and usually picks the wrong side but realizes this too late.

The story line follows fairly true, of which I will not repeat, as that is why you are buying the film. It is the getting there that makes this film interesting.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Robert Taylor and Director Richard Thorpe team up for their first of two (Knights of the Round Table in 1953) epic tales of noble knights and beautiful damsels in this well made adaptation of the 1819 Sir Walter Scott classic, nominated in 1952 for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It is, of course, the classic retelling of one man's, Wilfred of Ivanhoe, quest to restore Richard The Lion-Hearted (Norman Wooland) to the throne stolen by his evil brother, Prince John (Guy Rolfe). But with all its feats of derring-do, this version is also a tender tale of love. Robert Taylor stars as the intrepid Saxon knight-errant Wilfred of Ivanhoe, who is charmed by not one fair lady, but two; the stunningly beautiful Rebecca (Elizabeth Taylor) and the stately Saxon princess Rowena (Joan Fontaine). In striking contrast to this romantic feast, there is the malevolent Sir Brian De Bois-Guilbert (George Sanders), Ivanhoe's deadly enemy and constant threat. This film features some very authentic looking and spectacular fighting sequences and is sure to become a favorite film of students of 12th-century English history. Filmed entirely on location in Great Britain, this movie is very rich in detail, including costumes and weaponry. Very representative of the Metro Goldwyn Mayer classics, this is a very good film somewhat typical of the film making of this decade, but still good enough to be enjoyed in modern day. If you somehow missed this one, give it a look; An excellent movie !!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Great as You Think it Would Be... Oct. 27 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The book Ivanhoe is one of my favorites, and so I was looking forward to seeing the 1952 movie, the only movie pairing of Elizabeth and Robert Taylor. And I'm a big swashbuckler fan, so I was expecting to enjoy this movie. Well, I didn't! First of all, it wasn't very faithful to the book. The screenwriter and director altered a lot, and not to my liking! Robert Taylor was stiff as a board, without any of the verve that characterized his swashbuckling predecessors such as Errol Flynn. Liz Taylor never smiles, Finlay Currie's a poor substitute for C. Aubrey Smith, George Sanders isn't much of a villain and Joan Fontaine just doesn't have that much to do! In some ways, the 1938 version of Robin Hood sticks closer to the original than this does. Putting that aside, even by Hollywood swashbuckler standards, overall this is kind of a tired movie. I'd recommend the 1982 Ivanhoe with Anthony Andrews as more faithful to the book and generally more interesting.
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Robert Taylor and Director Richard Thorpe team up for their first of two (Knights of the Round Table in 1953) epic tales of noble knights and beautiful damsels in this well made adaptation of the 1819 Sir Walter Scott classic, nominated in 1952 for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It is, of course, the classic retelling of one man's, Wilfred of Ivanhoe, quest to restore Richard The Lion-Hearted (Norman Wooland) to the throne stolen by his evil brother, Prince John (Guy Rolfe). But with all it's feats of derring-do, this version is also a tender tale of love. Robert Taylor stars as the intrepid Saxon knight-errant Wilfred of Ivanhoe, who is charmed by not one fair lady, but two; the stunningly beautiful Rebecca (Elizabeth Taylor) and the stately Saxon princess Rowena (Joan Fontaine). In striking contrast to this romantic feast, there is the malevolent Sir Brian De Bois-Guilbert (George Sanders), Ivanhoe's deadly enemy and constant threat. This film features some very authentic looking and spectacular fighting sequences and is sure to become a favorite film of students of 12th-century English history. Filmed entirely on location in Great Britain, this movie is very rich in detail, including costumes and weaponry. Very representative of the Metro Goldwyn Mayer classics, this is a very good film somewhat typical of the film making of this decade, but still good enough to be enjoyed in modern day. If you somehow missed this one, give it a look; An excellent movie !!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Film excellent et livraison rapide
C'est un bon film classique qui raconte l'histoire du chevalier saxon Ivanhoe qui doit se battre pour obtenir la libération du Roi Richard Coeur de Lion emprisonné... Read more
Published on May 19 2005 by Micheline Montreuil
5.0 out of 5 stars MGM's Superb Version Of The Sir Walter Scott Classic
There have been many versions of Sir Walter Scott's classic 1819 swashbuckling story "Ivanhoe", over the years but few of them come near MGM's well crafted and rousing... Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Simon Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Same Category as The Adventures of Robin Hood
Why is this movie not released on DVD???? Does the studio have any plans on releasing soon???
Published on Jan. 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Movie
I saw this movie in 1952 when I was 7 years old. Years later I bought the Laser disc and am dismayed there is no DVD.There have been many swashbuckling movies but this is the best. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Knightly Heroics
Robert Taylor stars as Ivanhoe, the courageous knight who wants to rescue King Richard from captivity in Austria to restore England's throne to its rightful heir. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2001 by James L.
4.0 out of 5 stars LIVELY SPECTACLE OF CHIVALRY
Extravagantly produced, thoughtfully acted, and artfully directed, the 1952 version of "Ivanhoe" not only holds up well, but puts most modern action films to shame. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2001 by K. Jump
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is a victim...not the victor!
Fire and smoke from burning castles! The clashing steel of crossed swords! Hunting horns summoning forest rebels! Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars well done movie
I enjoy this story and thought this movie was very well done. The actors performances, stage sets and combat scenes were tastefully done (no cheesy action scenes). Read more
Published on July 31 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Liz Taylor.... just too beautiful to believe!
Elizabeth Taylor has a perfect hourglass figure in this movie! She is young, blindingly beautiful and wonderful to watch. Read more
Published on July 4 1999
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