Sword of the Valiant (1983)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Mythological Fantasy, Sword-and-Sorcery  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - UK  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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In this uneven dramatization of a legendary sword-and-sorcery tale, the Green Knight (Sean Connery) is a magician who appears at King Arthur's court brandishing an axe and challenging anyone to do battle with him. When no one responds, King Arthur himself steps into the breach -- but is turned back when Gawain (Miles O'Keeffe) takes up his axe to stand in for the king -- and promptly decapitates the Green Knight. But lo-and-behold, the Knight's magic is so great that he puts head and body back together again and then further challenges Gawain with a riddle that must be solved within the next 12 months or Gawain is dead. Lucky for Gawain, the riddle involves several rescues of the charming Princess Linet (Cyrielle Claire) -- but how will he manage to outfox the Green Knight and the evil Morgan La Fay (Emma Sutton)?

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challenge, decapitation, duel, king, knight, magician [performer], princess, quest, riddles, sword-and-sorcery