Excalibur (1981): John Boorman’s Mythic Fable, Starring Nigel Terry and Helen Mirren

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In what’s a change of pace, British director John Boorman tackles the mythic fable of King Arthur (played by Nigel Terry) from his childhood through the establishment of the Round Table to its end.

 

The cast also includes Nicol Williamson as Merlin, Helen Mirren as Morgana, Cherie Lunghi as Guinevere, and Nicholas Clay as Lancelot

 

The subject had been treated before in several films, including MGM’s “Knights of the Round Table.”

 

Oscar Nominations: 1

 

Cinematography:  Alex Thompson

 

Oscar Awards: None

 

Oscar Context

 

The winner of Best Cinematography was Vittorio Storaro for Warren Beatty’s epic, “Reds.”  The other nominees were Miroslav Ondrick for “Ragtime,” Douglas Slocombe for “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and Billy Williams for “On Golden Pond.”