Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1983)

UK, 1983
35mm film, Fujicolor, J-D-C Scope, 2.35:1
Dolby, English

A British fantasy film directed by Stephen Weeks.

Plot Summary

Sir Gawain challenges a supernatural knight and is given a year to solve a riddle and save his own life.


Directed by: Stephen Weeks
© London Cannon Films Ltd. MCMLXXXIII [1983]
The Cannon Group Inc. present. A Golan-Globus production of a Stephen Weeks film. Produced in association with Stephen Weeks Company
Executive Producers: Philip M. Breen, Michael Kagan
Produced by: Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus
Associate Producers: Sture Rydman, Basil Keys
Screenplay by: Stephen Weeks, Howard C. Pen, Philip M. Breen
Additional Dialogue: Rosemary Sutcliff, Therese Burdon
Story Consultant: Roger Towne
Photographed by: Freddie Young and Peter Hurst
Editors: Richard Marden, Barry Peters
Music by: Ron Geesin
Sound Recordists: George Stephenson, Malcolm Davies
Costume Designer: Shuna Harwood
Make-up: Richard Mills, Ernie Gasser
Hairdressers: Mary Sturgess, Norma Webb, Ramon Gow
Special Effects Prosthetics: Daniel Parker
Special Effects Supervisor: Nobby Clarke
Green Knight Head Effects: Aaron Sherman
Visual Effects: Cliff Culley, Neil Culley
Production Designers: Maurice Fowler, Derek Nice
Filmed entirely on location in Wales, France and England

Miles O’Keefe (Sir Gawain)
Cyrielle Claire (Linet)
Leigh Lawson (Humphrey)
Sean Connery as The Green Knight
Trevor Howard as the king [Arthur]
Peter Cushing (Seneschal)
Ronald Lacey (Oswald)
Lila Kedrova (Lady of Lyonesse)
John Rhys-Davies (Baron Fortinbras)
Wilfrid Brambell (porter)
Brian Coburn (Friar Vosper)
Bruce Lidington (Sir Bertilak)
David Rappaport (sage)
Douglas Wilmer (The Black Knight)
Emma Sutton (Morgan le Fay)
Thomas Heathcote (armourer)
John Serret (priest)
Mike Edmonds (tiny man)
John Pierce-Jones (sergeant)
James Windsor (1st recruit)

Alternative Titles

El caballero verde – Spain
Camelot – Der Fluch des goldenen Schwertes – Germany
L’épée du vaillant – France
A Espada do Valente – Brazil
A Espada do valente – Soain (Gallegan)
A Espada dos Valentes – Portugal
Gawain és a zöld lovag – Hungary
Legenda o Ser Gavinu i Zelenom vitezu – Serbia
Legenden om den gröne riddaren – Sweden
Miecz bohaterów – Poland
Rohkea ritari – Finland
Sword of the Valiant – USA (video advertising title)
To spathi tou polemisti – Greece
A vitézek kardja – Hungary

Remake of
Gawain and the Green Knight (1973)

Extracts included in
Stormbreaker (2006)

See also
Gawain and the Green Knight (1991)
The Green Knight (2020)



  • The Edgar Allan Poe Scrapbook by Peter Haining (ed.) p.189 – illustrated article (Pictures of Poe: A Survey of the Silent Film Era 1909-1929 by Denis Gifford)
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.564
  • Peter Cushing: The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films by Deborah Del Vecchio and Tom Johnson pp.422-424