King Richard And The Crusaders

  • 1954
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Historical

This silly costume epic casts Sanders as King Richard the Lionhearted, who survives an assassination attempt by disloyal nobles during the Third Crusade. Harvey steps forward as the only knight to be trusted, and he tries to gather evidence against the conspirators while trying to woo Sanders' cousin, Mayo. Harrison, the chief of the Arabs, rides into camp...read more

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This silly costume epic casts Sanders as King Richard the Lionhearted, who survives an assassination attempt by disloyal nobles during the Third Crusade. Harvey steps forward as the only knight to be trusted, and he tries to gather evidence against the conspirators while trying to woo

Sanders' cousin, Mayo. Harrison, the chief of the Arabs, rides into camp posing as a doctor and works to save Sanders' life so he will have an honorable opponent in the war. He, too, falls for Mayo. Harvey weeds out the traitors, fights some duels, jousts a bit, and generally proves himself worthy

of Mayo's hand. He and Mayo return to Scotland over Sanders' protest that he needs Harvey for a new campaign. An extraordinarily bad script is the chief culprit in this misfired epic; poorly structured, it leaves Harrison (looking ridiculous with his face painted brown) with nothing but platitudes

to speak and an awful song to sing. The battle scenes, usually the best thing about films like this, are boring, and almost all the acting is downright bad. Filmed at a cost of $3 million, it still had not recouped its investment more than 30 years later.

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