Just saw it again recently, and I have to say, John Boorman’s 1981 swords-and-sorcery pic Excalibur holds up surprisingly well. Loved it in high school, and it’s still really good. Some of the effects are a little cheesy, and I wish they had a bigger budget for the final battle scene, but it’s still a great Arthurian epic with a terrific cast and awesome cinematography. Shiny armor, high ideals, torrid sex, triumph, despair, eye-nibbling crows and a great Wagnerian score. And, of course, Nicol Williamson is the best Merlin evah!
Watch out for future stars Gabriel Byrne as Uther, Liam Neeson as Gawain (the knight who charges the Queen with adultery) and Patrick Stewart as Leondegrance.