141 minutes

After the death of Richard the Lionheart in France in 1199, an archer in his army delivers his crown back to England by passing as a dead knight, but ends up standing up for his country when one of king John's advisors turns out to be in league with the French. “Revisionist” retelling of an old chestnut as a dourly realistic, brisk “origin story” that manages to work in successfully most of the tale's characters but, despite smart storytelling and solid performances, never soars as it should.

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment present, in association with Relativity Media, a Brian Grazer production in association with Scott Free Productions; in association with Dentsu.
Starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Mark Addy, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes, Matthew MacFadyen, Eileen Atkins, Simon McBurney; and Max von Sydow.
Directed by Ridley Scott; produced by Brian Grazer, Mr. Scott and Mr. Crowe; screenplay by Brian Helgeland, based on a story by Mr. Helgeland, Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris; music by Marc Streitenfeld; director of photography (colour, Panavision), John Mathieson; production designer, Arthur Max; costume designer, Janty Yates; film editor, Pietro Scalia; visual effects supervisor, Richard Stammers.
Screened: distributor advance press screening, Zon Lusomundo Colombo 1 (Lisbon), May 11th 2010.


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