First Knight (1995)

USA, 1995
134m, 3584 metres
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
Dolby SDDS, English

An American fantasy film directed by Jerry Zucker.

Plot Summary

Lancelot scratches out a living as a sort of “hired sword” and comes to the attention of King Arthur after the Lady Guinevere, on her way to marry Arthur, is kidnapped by the evil Sir Malagant. Lancelot rescues her and they fall in love, but Guinevere is honour bound to marry Arthur. But they continue their affair even after the marriage…


Director: Jerry Zucker
Columbia Pictures Corporation, First Knight Productions
Executive Producers: Gil Netter, Eric Rattray, Janet Zucker
Producers: Hunt Lowry, Jerry Zucker
Associate Producer: Kathryn J. McDermott
Script: William Nicholson
Story: Lorne Cameron, David Hoselton, William Nicholson
Director of Photography: Adam Greenberg
Editor: Walter Murch
Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Costume Designer: Nanà Cecchi
Make Up: Peter Robb-King
Hair: Elaine Short
Special Effects: George Gibbs
Visual Effects Supervisor: Dennis Lowe
Production Designer: John Box

Sean Connery (King Arthur)
Richard Gere (Lancelot)
Julia Ormond (Guinevere)
Ben Cross (Prince Malagant)
Liam Cunningham (Agravaine)
Christopher Villiers (Sir Kay)
Valentine Pelka (Sir Patrise)
Colin McCormack (Sir Mador)
Ralph Ineson (Ralf)
John Gielgud (Oswald)
Stuart Bunce (Peter)
Jane Robbins (Elise)
Jean Marie Coffey (Petronella)
Paul Kynman (Mark)
Tom Lucy (Sir Sagramore)
John Blakey (Sir Tor)
Robert Gwyn Davin (Sir Gawaine)
Sean Blowers (Sir Carados)
Alexis Denisof (Sir Gaheris)
Daniel Naprous (Sir Amant)

Alternative Titles

As elsö lovag – Hungarian title
Der Erste Ritter – German title
Lancelot – ensimmäinen ritari – Finnish title
Lancelot – French title
Lancelot, el primer caballero – Argentinian title
O Primeiro Cavaleiro – Portugese title
El primer caballero – Spanish title
Il primo cavaliere – Italian title


Cinema 31 August 1995 – review (by Christina Bednarz)
Empire August 1995 p.30 – review (by Joshua Mooney)
FilmMagasinet October/November 1995 p.45 – review (by Erlend Eskeland)
Première August 1995 p.25 – review (by Jean-Yves Katelan)
Studio July/August 1995 p.18 – review (by Michel Rebichon)

O Independente, Vida 25 August 1995 – review (by Paulo Nogueira)