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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's a Classic. Tremendous entertainment. Perfect cast in a time where honor, chivalry and sacrifice meant something.Published 28 days ago by joe K
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. Read morePublished 18 months ago by nijinsky70
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 morePublished on May 19 2005 by Micheline Montreuil
Why is this movie not released on DVD???? Does the studio have any plans on releasing soon???Published on Jan. 10 2004
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 morePublished on Sept. 17 2002
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 morePublished on Sept. 3 2001 by James L.
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 morePublished on Aug. 24 2001 by K. Jump
Fire and smoke from burning castles! The clashing steel of crossed swords! Hunting horns summoning forest rebels! Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2001