Ivanhoe (Mini-series, 1982) DVD
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Directed by Douglas Camfield
Produced in 1982
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
Contemporary Action & Adventure • Contemporary Drama • Contemporary Period, Costume, Historical Film • Contemporary British Film • Television Drama • Period, Costume & Historical Television • British Television • Action & Adventure - Drama • Action & Adventure - Period, Costume, Historical • Contemporary British Film
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!
James Oliver on 5th June 2009
Author of 184 reviews
An adaptation of Walter Scott's Ivanhoe in which noble knight Ivanhoe returns to England after the holy wars to find it under the reign of Prince John and his henchmen. He soon finds himself being involved in the power struggle for the throne. A great cast, great costumes, pageantry and scenery make this the best adaptation of the tale.
Publisher: Sony Pictures
Length: 137 mins
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 6th July 2009
Cat No: CDR18280