Trial by Combat

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Trial by Combat
Theatrical poster
Directed byKevin Connor
Written byJulian Bond
Steven Rossen
Mitchell Smith
Produced byPaul Heller
Fred Weintraub
StarringJohn Mills
Donald Pleasence
Barbara Hershey
David Birney
Margaret Leighton
Peter Cushing
Brian Glover
John Savident
CinematographyAlan Hume
Edited byWilly Kemplen
Music byFrank Cordell
Distributed byGamma III
Release date
  • September 1976 (1976-09) (US)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Trial by Combat (US title: Dirty Knights' Work) is a 1976 British action adventure comedy film directed by Kevin Connor and starring John Mills and Donald Pleasence.[1][2][3]


A British organisation known as the Knights of Avalon is discontent that so many criminals can evade the law. So they decide to secretly hunt down these criminals, and battle and execute them with medieval weapons.

One day the founder of the organisation, Sir Edward Gifford, witnesses their actions, and they execute him too. His son, Sir John Gifford, decides to investigate his father's murder.



  1. ^ "Trial by Combat (1976)". BFI. Archived from the original on 5 May 2019.
  2. ^ "A Choice of Weapons (1976) - Kevin Connor | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie.
  3. ^ "Dirty Knights' Work".

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