Ivanhoe (1982 film)
|Written by||John Gay|
Sir Walter Scott (novel)
|Directed by||Douglas Camfield|
|Theme music composer||Allyn Ferguson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
William Hill (associate)
|Running time||142 minutes|
|Original network||CBS (USA)|
Ivanhoe is a British 1982 television film adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's novel of the same name. The film was directed by Douglas Camfield, with a screenplay written by John Gay. The film depicts the noble knight Ivanhoe returning home from The Holy Wars and finds himself being involved in a power-struggle for the throne of England.
De Bois-Guilbert is treated more ambiguously than in most versions of the story. He develops some genuine affection for Rebecca towards the end, and although he could easily have won the fight against the wounded and weakened Ivanhoe, de Bois-Guilbert lowers his sword and allows himself to be killed, thus saving Rebecca's life.
- Anthony Andrews as Wilfred of Ivanhoe
- James Mason as Isaac of York
- Sam Neill as Brian de Bois-Guilbert
- Michael Hordern as Cedric the Saxon
- Olivia Hussey as Rebecca
- Lysette Anthony as Lady Rowena
- Julian Glover as King Richard
- Michael Gothard as Athelstane
- Tony Haygarth as Friar Tuck
- George Innes as Wamba
- Philip Locke as Grand Master
- Ronald Pickup as Prince John
- John Rhys-Davies as Front de Bœuf
- David Robb as Robin of Locksley
- Stuart Wilson as Maurice de Bracy
"Its impossible to make Ivanhoe without being a bit tongue in cheek," said Andrews.
Michael Hordern said, "You could change our costumes from 12th Century to 20th Century and have us running about in automobiles instead of on horseback, and you could do the same story in terms of (anti- semitism). Prejudice is still very strong. Human nature doesn't seem to have changed very much since Cedric's time." 
"The problem with Ivanhoe is that he is whiter than white, cleaner than clean," said Andrews. "He's a straight-cut hero with no rough edge. Each time he opens his mouth he says something incredibly just. The problem was to turn him into a human being."
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