Directed by: Douglas Camfield
Countries & Regions: United Kingdom
Length: 137 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 5 September 2011
Cat No: CDR18280
Languages(s): English, German, Spanish (Castilian)
Subtitles: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Hindi, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish (Castilian), Swedish, Turkish
Screen ratio 1:1.33
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Ivanhoe (Mini-series, 1982)
Made-for-TV adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s epic novel. Returning to England after the Crusades to regain his lost love and his... Read More
Filled with square-jawed heroes and swooning maidens, this 1982 re-telling of Sir Walter Scott’s classic yarn is pure swashbuckling gold. Freshly returned from the crusades, Ivanhoe (Anthony Andrews), is disinherited by his father over his support for good King Richard. Joining forces with fellow loyalist Robin of Locksley, Ivanhoe sallies forth to battle Prince John and marry his true love, the fair Rowena (Lysette Anthony).
Scott’s novel has been filmed many times but this is regarded as the best version by some measure. Director Douglas Camfield treats the material with respect but never forgets his main job is to tell a cracking story, balancing galloping action scenes with the human interest that’s at the heart of the saga. It’s a film that evokes the classic sword play films of old Hollywood; Anthony Andrews can’t quite fill Errol Flynn’s shoes but makes an attractive lead, ably supported by James Mason as the noble Isaac and Sam Neill playing a silky villain.
It has also taken on a life of its own in Sweden, where it is traditionally broadcast on TV every New Year’s Day!