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4.0 out of 5 stars "Mark me well - I will tell you, sir!"
Yes, 'Camelot' is a flawed movie, but a MAGICAL one, nonetheless. It is too long, and Franco Nero's dubbed singing voice as 'Lancelot' is laughable, and YET! Yet, we have RICHARD HARRIS, so perfect as the failing King Arthur, Vanessa Redgrave, never lovelier than in her role as the torn Guinavere, and David Hemmings, a dastardly 'mod' Mordred reeking havoc on the...
Published on July 13 2000 by Amanda HALE

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2.0 out of 5 stars Watch Out - The CA is Misleading
I bought this from a firm called **^^*-CA. To me, that suggested the firm was located in Canada and that the DVD would work in my machine. As it turns out, however, the firm is actually *****-UK and the DVD will not work on a North American machine. To be fair, it does say Region 2 in the detailed listing but I confess that when I saw 'CA' as the firm's name, I did not...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drama tops everything, June 19 1999
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This review is from: Camelot (VHS Tape)
I enjoyed this movie. It seems to pale in comparison with the play, but i never saw the play, so I viewed it without anything to compare it to. I thought it was good. The songs were good, though not great or espicially memorable (they seem to have been better in the play), the sets and costumes were good, and many of the performances, espicially Richard Harris', were great. Harris sings well (assuming he wasn't dubbed), he's great at playing the boy-turned-king, though he looks 40 (he was 35), and he handles the film's drama perfectly. Vanessa Redgrave is good, too, easily turning from innocent bride to flirtatious married woman to passionate lover. And it's quite obvious that, even though she saves her passion for Lancelot, she still loves Arthur. Franco Nero isn't as good, but he's suitably passionate. (Whose idea was it to have Lancelot and Guenivere making love in the pool? They wouldn't have done it, just like they wouldn't have done most of the "loverly" things shown, and the scene in the pool's too From Here to Eternity!) Over everything tops the film's dramatic scenes, the ones in which Arthur confronts the love between his wife and best friend, both of whom he loves and both of whom love him. As I've said, Harris really shines here, really showing us his character's torment. Redgrave holds her own, too, espicially in the scene where she cries at the thought of never seeing Arthur's forgiving eyes again. Maybe it would have been better if they'd cast Richard Burton and made better use of the songs, and it would have been interesting seeing Julie Andrews have an extramarital affair, given as how she was still considered sugary-sweet at the time. Still, this movie was good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Songs and acting good, dramatics better, June 17 1999
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This review is from: Camelot (VHS Tape)
I enjoyed this movie. Apparently, it's bad in comparison with the play, but i never saw the play, so I'm viewing it on its own terms. On its own terms, it's a good movie. The songs were good, the sets and costumes were good, and many of the performances, espicially Richard Harris's, were great. Harris sings well (assuming he wasn't dubbed), he's very good at playing the boy-king, still dependent on Merlin's teachings, even though he looks 40 (He was 35), and he handles the film's drama perfectly. Vanessa Redgrave is good, too, esaily changing from innocent bride to flirtatious married woman to passionate lover. Franco Nero isn't as good, but he's suitably passionate. (Who's idea was it to have Lance and Genny making love in the pool? They wouldn't have done it, and it's too From Here to Eternity!) The film's dramatic scenes, where Arthur confronts the love between his wife and best friend, both of whom he loves and both of whom love him, stand out above everything. Harris really shines, as I've said, excellently showing us Arthur's torment. Redgrave's good, too, espicially in the last scene, where she cries at the thought of never seeing Arthur's forgiving eyes again. (I hope i'm not spoiling anything here.) All-around great movie.
Did you know Redgrave and Nero had an affair offscreen? They had a child in 1969.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I was displeased with this film, April 27 1999
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Shane J. (Nashville,TN) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Camelot (VHS Tape)
I prefer fiction. I wanted something to do with the sword. I mean come on, were talking about excalibur here! The greatest sword there ever was. I prefer either a mystical movie such as Legend, or an action movie like DieHard. That's what I thought about it anyway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Emotion, April 18 1999
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This review is from: Camelot (VHS Tape)
Camelot made an impression on me over 30 years ago, and today, watching the remastered video, all the songs and lines come easily to me, yet I probably only saw it twice. Most reviews treat this film version unkindly, but I quite prefer Richard Harris as Arthur. In my mind, it's the greatest thing Harris has ever done, and his almost impish Arthur is appropriate for a boy-turned-king. He's neither too regal nor too arrogant, like some who have performed the role. He inhabits Arthur. I'd not have chosen Redgrave but she turns out to be luminous: by turns innocent, lusty, loving, and decent. Marni Nixon's dubbed singing works through her. Franco Nero's Lancelot is a sculpted icon of steel-eyed beautiful purity. Nero may not the greatest actor in the world, but he is endearing as Lancelot, and his physical loveliness in muscle, jaw, cheekbone and eye is probably unmatched for this role. The costumes are brilliant and gorgeous enhancements. (although a bit more real fur could have been used, back in the 60s!) The fact is, the score could not be more magnificent; the "natural" style singing is charming. Rather than focusing on "great" voices, we instead hear the intended core of each scene through "real" characters expressing themselves. These actors portray their roles gamely and truthfully as three people in love with each other. The entire production is a lush, bittersweet escape that infuses me with the sheer emotion and passion of ideals imagined and dashed. Love both lavished and betrayed is a sweet torment that this film tenderly displays to this viewer. I think it's highly underrated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story, great music, great epic, March 28 1999
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This review is from: Camelot (Special Edition) (DVD)
The film was remastered and hearing it on a AC-3 system is like watching it in 70mm with magnetic sound the way movies were once produced. It was great. The only thing that i don't like is why do they have to keep the word "Overture" at the beginning, are people really that stupid that they wouldn't know? There is no need for that, just a black screen with the music is all you need.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen version best available, March 16 1999
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A. Andersen (Bellows Falls, VT USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Camelot (VHS Tape)
As with CAROUSEL, not many people liked the film version of CAMELOT. There were some superb actors in the cast, but only competent acting. The singing - in a "natural" style - toned down the grand tragedy aspect and as much confused audiences as alienated them. On initial viewing, the story and the songs are moving and impressive, but this is not a film that stands up to repeated viewings. The sets and costumes are singularly stunning - a combination of primitive and an emerging gold and jewel-encrusted aristocracy on the rise. The wide-screen version is the definitive one to own in that at least the grandeur of the spectacle and sweep of the action fill the eyes and ears when the dramatic content of a scene lets us down. Harris and Redgrave are quite fine. Nero can neither act nor sing but is a pretty Lancelot. Hemmings makes the most of his brief role as the destructive Mordred. This was Alfred Newman/Ken Darby's last scoring job for films and it won him his last Oscar. Also Oscared for Art Direction and Costumes. Additional nom for Cinematography. Worth seeing and even owning - but not one of the great film adaptations of a stage classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Harris IS King Richard., Jan. 5 1999
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This review is from: Camelot (VHS Tape)
This is a beautifully moving film. Wonderful music. Worth the price just to see/hear Richard as he confronts his wife's betrayal with his beloved Lancelot. Great scene.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Camelot" shines anew in restored letterbox version, Dec 31 1997
This review is from: Camelot (VHS Tape)
The three stars are for the gorgeous restoration done to this film (my gosh, it actually IS in color!) and it's soundtrack.
The theme of "might for right, justice for all" is my favorite thing about "Camelot"; as for the way the story is told in this film, um, well... On the plus side, Vanessa Redgrave is dazzling as Guenevere, and enjoys wonderful chemistry with Richard Harris (the scene of their first meeting is charm incarnate).
Also includes "making of/behind-the-scenes" documentary & footage of opening night premiere party including interviews w/Richard Harris, director Joshua Logan, and producer Jack L. Warner. More than worth the price(180 minutes of film + 47 minutes of above-mentioned extras).
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1.0 out of 5 stars ugh!!!!!, July 7 2004
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Nicholas A. Ziinojr (ridge, new york United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Camelot (Special Edition) (DVD)
This is the worst movie musical ever made.It's hard to believe
that this piece of junk was made by the same producer who did
the magnificent "My Fair Lady".I've read that Jack Warner spent
$18 million on the production.Yes,it looks good.But the script
is terrible-not that the show was great,anyway.And the entire
cast overacts badly.One critic called it "an appalling film with
only good orchestrations to recommend it".Well,he's right.At
least Alfred Newman and Ken Darby did a great job with the score.
Their work makes the soundtrack listenable.Other than that,a poor
script,atrocious direction(Vincente Minnelli and George Cukor
weren't available???),and SEVERE MISCASTING add up to a complete
misfire.Forget it-listen to the soundtrack CD or the Broadway
cast album and watch "My Fair Lady " or "Gigi" instead.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL!!!!, June 30 2004
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Stacie L. Nellor "twistedhelix" (California, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Camelot (Special Edition) (DVD)
Awful, awful, awful. Overacting run amok in a silly, unnecessary movie. The worst part was that it looked like a lot of effort went into this film and how horrible was the effort. What a waste of time. AWFUL.
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