Rolling Stone - 08/10/1995
"...Gere is persuasively ardent and athletic....Connery is every inch the noble king..."
USA Today - 07/07/1995
"...Knight is a medieval festival for the eye and ear, with rich blue hues and stirring fanfares..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/14/1995
"...Zucker gives the Camelot legend a makeover....A true adult fairy tale..."
Variety - 06/26/1995
"...An agreeably intelligent, mature and well-mounted telling of the legendary King Arthur story. Admirably acted by Sean Connery and Julia Ormond..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/07/1995
"...[Ormond] is appropriately fetching and feisty....FIRST KNIGHT's large-scale action set pieces are capably done..."
Lancelot (Richard Gere) is a rogue with no ties, no enemies, and no fear- until he meets Lady Guinevere of Leonesse (Julia Ormond). She has promised to marry King Arthur (Sean Connery), not only because his armies can protect her country, but because she truly loves him. But her chance encounter with Lancelot as she prepared to enter Camelot stirs conflicting and powerful emotions within her. Arthur welcomes both into his city with open heart, little foreseeing how his great capacity for love and trust opens the doors for his own betrayal.
On the way to meet King Arthur, her future husband and ally, Lady Guenevere and her retinue are attacked by Arthur's mortal enemy, the malicious Malagant. Prince Malagant wants possession of Guinevere's land, which lies between Arthur's kingdom and his own. However, the daring Lancelot intercedes and foils the attack. In return, this roaming-sword-for-hire asks for a kiss from the lovely Lady -- a request that Guinevere coldly refuses. They meet again when Lancelot turns up at one of Camelot's public tournaments, and proves to Arthur that he deserves to become the King's first knight. So when Malagant strikes again, kidnapping Queen Guinevere, Lancelot once more serves as her rescuer. But now, Guinevere's reaction is no longer chilly -- and the two proceed to fall in love, betraying Arthur's trust and friendship.
Love Triangle |
Period Piece |
Sean Connery won the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award for 1995, awarded January 21, 1996.