Friday, February 12, 2010

Vintage Trailer of the Week 45

Knightriders (1981) may just be George Romeo's strangest and most little-seen film. Following a ragged bunch of Carnies around the slightly odd Renaissance faire circuit in the States it centres on Ed Harris' modern day King Arthur figure as he jousts (on motorcycle) and tries desperately to keep his warring court of rival riders and their women together. This is set against the pressures of the modern world, with corrupt sheriffs, rowdy crowds and greedy promoters all obstacles to Harris' need to live his life according to his Arthurian principles. Portentous and too idiosyncratic for its own commercial good, Romero's film is a fascinating one-off with a great performance from Harris holding it together.



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