Stand and pledge loyalty -- or prepare to lie cold beneath your shields. Chivalrous knight Wilfrid of Ivanhoe is determined to restore Richard the Lionhearted to England's throne. Gallantry and costumed pageantry combine in this crowd-pleasing nominee for 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Robert Taylor plays the title role and Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Fontaine also star in a rousing adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's novel. The film's jousting tournament is a galloping display of steed and stout-hearted men. Most spectacular of all is the siege of Torquilstone Castle, a wave-after-wave combat of arrows, fire, boulders, battering ram and blade. To the battlements!
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 03/11/2014 10:03:54
Big lavish MGM Middles Ages spectacular with knights a-jousting, castles a-falling and fair maidens a-blushing. All good colourful fun if you can get past the corniness of the script and the wooden performance of Walker in the lead, mistaking mahogany for charisma. Even the ever-reliable Sanders does not seem to put too much faith in the dialogue, giving an uncharacteristically lacklustre performance, but the two leading ladies are ravishing, the action (when it comes) is rousing and it looks glorious.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 16/05/2011 23:06:17
In common with most young boys of my generation, I grew up reading the novels of Walter Scott, RL Stevenson and Alexandre Dumas, but Scott's Ivanhoe and The Talisman were by far and away my favourite books which I re-visited time again throughout junior and senior school years.
The 1952 MGM film of Ivanhoe was filmed in Britain during the Hollywood 'exile' of the communist witch hunts. The film itself suffers from the usual Hollywood abridgements from the original novel and deviates from the storyline to make the film enjoyable to a wider audience. it suceeeded, being the highest grossing film ever made in Britain at that time.
Robert Taylor replaced Stewart Grainger as the first choice for the lead character as the producers felt that Taylor would have a greater appeal to the US audience, and the strong mostly British supporting cast is topped off by the incomparable George Sanders, and two of the three most beautiful ladies in Hollywood, Joan Fontaine and Elizabeth Taylor (the third being Olivia De Haviland of course). Taylor plays his part well but all of the best lines go to Felix Aylmer and George Sanders.
An enjoyable, colourful and charming Hollywood swashbuckling romp, which I never tire of watching.
I have two versions of this DVD, the US Region 1 which is marginly better than the Region Free Far East Import.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 21/02/2011 09:21:46
Ivanhoe is a great well made film for its time with Robert Taylor playing Ivanhoe, it is definitely worth a watch and springs from the era of golden films which I personally love.
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