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KNIGHTRIDERS
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Directed By
George A. Romero

Written By:
George A. Romero

Cast:
Ed Harris, Tom Savini, Patricia Tallman, Christine Forrest, John Amplas, Martin Ferrero, Ken Foree, Ken Hixon, John Hostetter, Michael P. Moran, Scott H. Reiniger, David Early, John Harrison, Marty Schiff, Taso N. Stavrakis, Robert Williams, Judith Barrett, James A. Baffico, Iva Jean Saraceni, Bingo O'Malley, Stephen King, Jennifer Elizabeth, Tom Madden, Joseph Pilato, Mark Tierno, Harold Wayne Jones, Gary Lahti, Warner Shook, Brother Blue, Cynthia Adler, Don Berry, Amanda Davies, Harold Wayne Jones, Randy Kovitz, Maureen Sadusk, Albert Amerson, Ronald Carrier, Tim DiLeo, Molly McCloskey, Ian Gallacher, Donald Rubinstein, Chris Jessel, Nancy Hopwood, Victor Pappas, Tabitha King, Hugh Rose, William Bardwell, Greg Besnak, Nancy Blum, Elva Branson, Leilani Cataldi, Mark Carson, Nancy Chesney, Ramona Dowiak, Julia Dunster, Patrick Dunster, Cliff Forrest, George Jaber, Jeannie Jefferies, Janet Kennedy, Louis Koepper, Tommy Lafitte, Gary Lee Leventhal, Rick Marchisio, Chris O'Connor, Jeff Paul, John Mark Ridings, Joe Shelby, Fred Tietz, Bobbi Van Eman, Ramona Zini, Sharon Ceccatti, Anthony Dileo Jr., Barry Gutterman, Clayton Hill, Jeff Logan, Pat Logan, Larry Vaira, Amy Ingersoll, Nann Mogg, Sal Carollo, Jim McKissock, Ann Muffly


 
KNIGHTRIDERS (1981)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
December 11th, 2010

THE LOST "CODE OF HONOR"

In between all of the horror from DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) and CREEPSHOW (1982), GEORGE A. ROMERO directed the ambitious and unusual KNIGHTRIDERS (1981).

This greatly overlooked film is quite clearly one of ROMERO's more personal and mature film efforts to date.

A very youthful ED HARRIS plays Billy, a self-styled King Arthur-type, who's the "crowned" leader of the Knightriders. This travelling troupe of performers stage jousts (in full armor) while on motorcycles for the entertainment of all the thrill-seeking spectators at county fairs.

Billy tries to persuade his followers to live under an old-fashioned code of honor, but the constant pressure of balancing ideals against realities, and the financial problems of running The Knightriders as a business, inevitably leads to conflicts and trouble.

Billy is betrayed by his right-hand man, Morgan, who turns out to be the leader of a dissident faction known as The Black Knights.

On the day of a scheduled tournament a huge battle breaks out with rowdy members of the crowd joining in.

Yes. KNIGHTRIDERS is a bit silly at times. But, all-in-all, it is pretty good entertainment, even though it is a tad long with a running time of 145 minutes.

I think that ROMERO did a fine job with the KNIGHTRIDERS' story, which reflects the choice that many artists make between "pure" expression of their vision (whatever that might be) and a compromise to achieve commercial success.

Writer STEPHEN KING has a 20 second cameo appearance in this one as a beer-guzzling spectator.

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