Release Dates: AUGUST 7, 2004

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Rule your fate

Rule your destiny

The untold true story that inspired the legend

Production Company: Bruckheimer Films


Clive Owen plays the title role with Keira Knightley as Guinevere in this retelling of the classic legend. Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) strives for historical accuracy – the film is set in the early fifth century, amidst the ruins of the fallen Roman empire and feuding warlords – all of whom eventually swear fealty to King Arthur.

The film is based on historical data:

The Roman Empire is stretched across many nations including Britain. In their quest for more land and power, they went into Sarmatia where they fought the very brave Sarmatian cavalery. The Romans, impressed by the Sarmatian’s weaponery and fighting skills, added them into their army as knights. After 15 years of serving and fighting for the Roman Empire the Sarmatian Knights, lead by Arthur AKA Artorious Castus, are about to receive their freedom as the Romans are leaving Britain. But the Knights must carry out one final order before they are free. A Roman priest and his family, especially his son Alecto, must be rescued from the invading Saxons. But there is another danger lurking on the road to freedom – the Woads, British rebels who hate the Romans.

Crew: Antoine Fuqua (director); David Franzoni (writer); Jerry Bruckheimer (producer)

Cast: Clive Owen as Arthur, Ioan Gruffudd as Lancelot, Mads Mikkelsen as Tristan, Joel Edgerton as Gawain, Hugh Dancy as Galahad, Ray Winstone as Bors, Ray Stevenson as Dagonet, Keira Knightley as Guinevere, Stephen Dillane as Merlin, Stellan Skarsgard as Cerdic, Til Schweiger as Cynric, Sean Gilder as Jols, Pat Kinevane as Horton, Ivano Marescotti as Bishop Germanius, Ken Stott as Marcus Honorius

Studio: Touchstone Pictures / Disney

Other Info

Film Fetish trivia:
Michael Bay was originally set to direct, but left project due to budget concerns. Bay had developed the project for over 5 years.

According to Ioan Gruffudd, who plays Lancelot, the camera operator wore a motorcycle crash helmet and was constantly surrounded by men with riot shields because of the intense action sequences happening around him.

According to Gruffudd, it took him months to grow the scraggly beard his character has in the film. In addition, due to Gruffudd’s Celtic heritage (he is Welsh), the beard kept growing in red and had to be painted each day before filming, to match his brown hair.

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