Excalibur is a 1981 dramatic fantasy film directed, produced and co-written by John Boorman that retells the legend of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the round table of Camelot even as forces conspire to tear it apart.
Shot entirely on location in Ireland and employing Irish actors and crew, the film has been acknowledged for its importance to the Irish filmmaking industry and for helping launch the film careers of Neeson, as well as Gabriel Byrne, Neil Jordan and Ciarán Hinds
Excalibur achieved box office success while receiving mixed reviews. Although film critics praised it visually. Excalibur opened at number one in the United States, eventually grossing $34,967,437 on a budget of around USD $11 million, to rank 18th in that year’s receipts.
Alex Thomson, the film’s cinematographer, was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 1982 Academy Awards, but lost to Vittorio Storaro for Reds.
Boorman won the prize for Best Artistic Contribution, and was nominated for a Palme d’Or, at the 1981 Cannes Film Festval.
Director: John Boorman Starring: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson 140mins/ 1981