Gawain and the Green Knight (film)

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Gawain and the Green Knight
Directed by Stephen Weeks
Produced by Carlo Ponti
Written by Philip M. Breen
Stephen Weeks
Starring Murray Head
Nigel Green
Robert Hardy
Music by Ron Goodwin
Cinematography Ian Wilson
Edited by John Shirley
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • 1973 (1973)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Gawain and the Green Knight is a 1973 film directed by Stephen Weeks, and starring Murray Head as Gawain and Nigel Green in his final theatrical film as the Green Knight. The story is based on the medieval English tale Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Part of the production was filmed at Beeston or Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.[clarification needed][citation needed]

Weeks remade the film in 1984 as Sword of the Valiant with Miles O'Keefe and Sean Connery as Gawain and the Green Knight, respectively.


The mysterious Green Knight appears before King Arthur's court in the New Year and demands the head of Sir Gawain as the prize in a bizarre game. Given a year's grace, Gawain sets off in search of the Knight for a rematch.


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