A Kid in King Arthur's Court
|A Kid in King Arthur's Court|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Gottlieb|
|Produced by||Peter Abrams|
Robert L. Levy
|Written by||Michael Part|
Robert L. Levy
|Music by||J. A. C. Redford|
|Edited by||Anita Brandt-Burgoyne and Michael Ripps|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures (United States)|
Trimark Pictures (International)
|Box office||$13.4 million (domestic)|
A Kid in King Arthur's Court is a 1995 fantasy film directed by Michael Gottlieb and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is based on the Mark Twain novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (previously filmed by Disney as Unidentified Flying Oddball in 1978 in which Ron Moody also played Merlin), transplanted into the twentieth century.
Calvin Fuller is a nerdy young boy living in the Los Angeles suburb of Reseda. The gangly, unsure youth is first seen at a baseball game, standing at bat for his team, the Knights, ready for yet another strike out. He is terrible player. Suddenly an earthquake hits; as the others run for safety, the ground opens up under Calvin's shoes and he falls through the chasm. Eventually he lands on the head of a 6th-century black knight. Upon hearing of his miraculous appearance, the elderly King Arthur, seeing him as the savior whose appearance Merlin has predicted, dubs the boy Calvin of Reseda and invites him to dine with the court.
Calvin begins his knight training to help Arthur retain his crown. When the earthquake hit, Calvin had just grabbed his knapsack, a fact that enables him to wow the Arthurians with his futuristic "magic", including an introduction to rock and roll via CD player, and a Swiss Army knife. The young wizard also shows them how to make inline rollerskates. His work wins him adulation and renown; but it also rouses the jealousy of Lord Belasco, who will use any means to take over the throne. Meanwhile, Calvin finds himself developing a crush on young Princess Katey. While Sarah falls in love with Sir Kane. Sir Kane is Calvin's mentor and teacher. Belasco kidnapped Katey and tried to frame Calvin for murder. Belasco told Sarah, that is he doesn't marry him Katey will die. Belasco was about to arrest Calvin, but Sarah intercepted him and told him Katey is alive and find his father and show him the proof. Calvin went to Arthur and show the proof that Belasco kidnapped Katey if Sarah doesn't marry him. Arthur played along and help Calvin find Katey. Calvin told him that Belasco is been stealing from the people from Camelot for years and they think he doesn't care about him. Calvin and Arthur found Katey and released her, but Belasco second in command Richard kidnapped her again and held her hostage. They took down Richard and saved Katey in time. Arthur knighted Calvin and made him a member knight of the round table. To take down Belasco, they're going to have to face him in the tournament.
During a tournament for the hand of Princess Sarah, Calvin uses a variety of means to try to defeat Lord Belasco. Sir Kane defeated all the opponents and just him and Lord Belasco in the finals. Belasco has a magnifying crystal to use the sunlight to beam it on Kane helmet. Belasco almost won the tournament, but Kane hasn't been knocked on the ground and still on his horse. He is still in the game. Belasco will have to face him again soon. Calvin ask the King to stall Belasco, Calvin sees Kane that he is defeated, he may have to forfeit. Belasco was that close to declare his victory if Kane doesn't return, but Kane does return and face him another joust and Kane won. But it wasn't Kane it was Calvin. Just as Lord Belasco tries to kill Calvin, the Black Knight appears and ambushes and defeats Lord Belasco. Afterward the Black Knight is revealed to be Princess Sarah who an astounded Arthur rewards with the right to choose her own hand in marriage. She chose Kane and both of them decide to wed. Lord Belasco is banished from Camelot forever and never return. Now that he has helped Arthur keep the crown, Merlin upheld his bargain show him his way home. He is returned to the 20th century just before the moment when he struck out, and he steps up to the plate: this time, he is ready and hits a home run. He is greeted by his teammates – including a girl who looks like Katey – and is looked on by a spectator who looks like Arthur, who is whittling a piece of wood with a pocketknife – the same knife Calvin gave to King Arthur.
- Thomas Ian Nicholas as Calvin Fuller
- Joss Ackland as King Arthur
- Art Malik as Lord Belasco
- Paloma Baeza as Princess Katey
- Kate Winslet as Princess Sarah
- Daniel Craig as Master Kane
- David Tysallas Ratan
- Ron Moody as Merlin
- Barry Stanton as Blacksmith
- Michael Mehlnan as Shop owner
- Melanie Oettinger as Peasant woman
- Rebecca Denton as Washer woman
- Michael Kelly as Apprentice
- Louise Rosner as Lady-in-waiting
- Paul Rosner as Peasant boy
- Béla Unger as Head guard
- Shane Rimmer as Coach
- Tim Wickham as Ricky Baker
- Daniel Bennett as Howell
- Debora Weston as Mom
- Vincent Marzello as Dad
- Catherine Blake as Maya
- J. P. Guerin as Umpire
Most of the 6th-century portion of the film was shot in Budapest, Hungary, while the majority of the 20th-century portion was filmed in late September 1994, at the softball field of London Central High School (LCHS), an American institution at RAF Daws Hill, High Wycombe, England.
Upon its release the movie was universally panned by critics. It currently holds a rating of 5% on Rotten Tomatoes, aggregating 21 reviews. The consensus reads: "Disappointing even by the relaxed standards of live-action children's entertainment, A Kid in King Arthur's Court stands as a rare near-total misfire from Disney." Since its release, and since Kate Winslet and Daniel Craig went on to become major superstars in Hollywood, the film received slightly more attention. Despite the negative reviews, The Buffalo News replied "A must-see for the whole family!"
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