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Actors(like Robert Taylor-- or John Wayne for that matter) who portray strong men of long ago, don't yell, cry or whimper--they say what they mean--and mean what they say with conviction--as in this film or his many others. Some younger viewers ( I presume) cannot understand what acting the part is all about.
Robert Taylor won't die.
I wish every performance of Robert Taylor's that I've seen was his last. But alas, someone keeps giving him opportunities to "act". Fortunately, no one has given him a decent script to ruin.
The sisters never reconciled.
I posted just a few months ago on 8/6/13: '...bless her, Joan Fontaine is still alive and well! I wish her a happy and healthy long life. I hope she reconciles with her sister Olivia de Havilland.'Alas, my wish was not granted. Joan passed away on 12/15/2013 and the sisters never reconciled. Joan was 96 so she did have a healthy long life (and happy?). We should all live such healthy long lives!
Overall- 2 1/2 out of 5Lead Performers-2/5Supporting Cast-4/5Director-3/5Score- 3 1/2 out of 5Titles-4/5Screenplay-2/5Cinematography-3/5Importance-2/5Recommendation to fans of the genre-2/5
Most are gone...
I note with sadness that most of the leading actors in this move are gone, thought not forgotten.George Sanders, Robert Taylor, even Elizabeth Taylor who passed away 2 years ago.But bless her, Joan Fontaine is still alive and well! I wish her a happy and healthy long life.I hope she reconciles with her sister Olivia de Havilland.
There is a lot to commend this film. The jousting scene is magnificent. The costuming and sets are lush and beautifully filmed. Robert Taylor and the great George Sanders are simply terrific. Fontaine and Taylor are there for eye-candy only but both are beautiful. The dialog in this film is extremely well written and you become more engaged in the story as the film goes on. I'm a huge fan of this genre and this is a very good example of it. It isn't the best swashbuckler but it certainly is worth viewing!
As I watched this drag on, I tried to remember the time in which it was made. Perhaps with that as a perameter, it would seem better. But, alas, it's pretty bad. Robert Taylor is stiff, exuding no macho or sensual qualities. Liz Taylor is her usual overly made up, under talented self, Joan Fontaine has no chance to show off her beauty or talents and the rest of the cast sort of does the yoeman's duty of getting through the whole mess. Urbane George Sanders is the only one with a spark of life or energy. But I just couldn't see past his costume. He is better in a suit and tie. I would give it 2 stars for color and set design. But as I watched, I longed for the days of old - Errol Flynn, his merry men and the delicate beauty, Olivia De Havilland. And of course, Claude Rains.
The Origin of the Robin Hood Legend.
- Frank Harris Horn
Robert Taylor, Joan Fontaine, Elizabeth Taylor and George Sanders star in this brilliant thrilling adventure epic based on Sir Walter Scott's classic novel set in medieval England. Taylor stars as the gallant, chivalrous knight, Sir Wilfrid of Ivanhoe, who embarks on a crusade to fight against the tyrannies of Prince John (Guy Rolfe) and the Norman Knights in an effort to help King Richard the Lion-Hearted regain his throne. Filmed on location throughout England. A magnificent display of swashbuckling since Errol Flynn's original 1938 film classic, Robin Hood. With Robert Douglas, Emlyn Williams, Sebastian Cabot, Finlay Currie, Felix Aylmer, Francis De Wolff, Harold Warrender, Basil Sydney, Patrick Holt, Roderick Lovell & Norman Wooland.
a very good movie. I learned a bit of England History with this film.George
- Bob Hendrick
A rarity: A costume drama with an intelligent, literate screenplay. Add a fine cast, great sets, crisp direction and all the ingredients are there for this rousing adventure tale. Errol Flynn was regarded by most as the best actor in these costumers; but Robert Taylor was a close secend; a VERY close second. His blatant good looks hid a very capable and versatile actor. That great character actor Finlay Currie who plays Ivanhoe's estranged father is brilliant as always. Casting George Sanders as a semi-heroic villian (if you will) was a stroke of genius. Joan Fontaine and Liz Taylor are competent and beautiful. Miklos Rosza's score is appropriately thrilling. A real winner.
Great Action Film
Ivanhoe is a very good film with fine performances from Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor,Joan Fontaine and George Saunders.I do not want to give away the plot, but Liz Taylor looks stunning and seems to be the perfect match for the dashing Ivanhoe. The battle scenes are exciting, well done and better than most costume dramas.
very good film,very much
I recommend this film.Realistic battles.Elisabeth is wonderful.