King Richard and the Crusaders (1954) - Rotten Tomatoes

King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)





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Roundly panned when it was first released, this CinemaScope film version of Sir Walter Scott's The Talisman can now be enjoyed on a "high camp" level. George Sanders plays King Richard the Lionhearted, while his arch-foe Saladin is over-acted by Rex Harrison. One of Richard's objectives during the Crusades is to reclaim the Holy Grail from Saladin's Mohammedan hordes. On the home front, Richard must contend with a group of conspirators dedicated to toppling him from his throne. In the middle of all this is the fictional Lady Edith,a British noblewoman played by Virginia Mayo in a manner that can best be described as overbaked. It is Ms. Mayo who delivers the film's classic line "Oh, fight, fight, fight! That's all you ever think of, Dickie Plantagenet!" In his American film debut, Laurence Harvey is as hammy as the rest of the cast as Sir Kenneth, Richard's right-hand man.

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Rex Harrison
as Emir Hderim Sultan Saladin
Laurence Harvey
as Sir Kenneth of Huntington
Virginia Mayo
as Lady Edith Plantagenet
George Sanders
as King Richard I
Robert Douglas
as Sir Giles Amaury
Michael Pate
as Montferrat
Paula Raymond
as Queen Berengaria
Lester Matthews
as Archbishop of Tyre
Anthony Eustrel
as Baron De Vaux
Henry Corden
as King Philip of France
Wilton Graff
as Duke Leopold of Austria
Nick Cravat
as Nectobanus
Leslie E. Bradley
as Castelain Captain
Nejla Ates
as Moorish Dancing Girl
Larry Chance
as Castelain Bowman
Robin Hughes
as King's Guard
Leonard Penn
as Physician
Lumsden Hare
as Physician
Leonard Mudie
as Physician
Gavin Moore
as Physician
Erik Blythe
as Drill Master
John Alderson
as Mob Leader
Harry Cording
as Castelain Spokesman
Paul Marion
as Arab Falconer
Mark Hanna
as Courier
John Epper
as Wounded Castelain
Bruce Lester
as Castelain
Mark Dana
as Castelain
Peter Ortiz
as Castelain
Herbert Dean
as Captain of Royal Guard
Otto Reichow
as German Knight
Rudolph Anders
as German Knight
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Critic Reviews for King Richard and the Crusaders

All Critics (2)

Sharp widescreen photography and clever use of stereophonic sound help to atone for the frenzied music and some silly overacting in a CinemaScope item adapted from Sir Walter Scott's novel.

November 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Enjoyable as a fluff pic on the Third Crusade.

November 10, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for King Richard and the Crusaders

At times laughable Crusades drama. Harvey and Virginia Mayo in particular seem to be playing to the back balcony. Beautiful color and high production values help but this is definitely not a lost classic.

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