1 user 1 critic

Gawain and the Green Knight (1991)

One Christmas, a knight garbed all in green appears in King Arthur's Court and challenges any knight to hew off his head on the proviso that he be allowed to return the axe stroke ... See full summary »


David Rudkin (screenplay)


Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The medieval legend of a supernatural knight who challenges the king's men to kill him.

Director: Stephen Weeks
Stars: Murray Head, Ciaran Madden, Nigel Green
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

The Green Knights challenges King Arthur's knights. But only young Gawain takes it and decapitates him. The knight takes his head and now gives Gawain one year to learn about virtues, knighthood and then face the challenge himself.

Director: Stephen Weeks
Stars: Miles O'Keeffe, Cyrielle Clair, Leigh Lawson
Gawain (TV Movie 1991)
Music | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Di Trevis
Stars: Marie Angel, Elizabeth Laurence, Richard Greager
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (TV Movie 2006)
Adventure | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

It's Hogswatch (equivalent to Christmas) on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing, requiring Death to take his place while his granddaughter Susan endeavors to find out what has happened.

Director: Vadim Jean
Stars: David Jason, Marc Warren, Michelle Dockery
Merlin (1998)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot.

Stars: Sam Neill, Helena Bonham Carter, John Gielgud
Excalibur (1981)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.

Director: John Boorman
Stars: Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicholas Clay
Green Knight (2020)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance

A fantasy re-telling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Director: David Lowery
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dev Patel, Ralph Ineson


Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm Storry ... The Green Knight / The Red Lord
Valerie Gogan Valerie Gogan ... The Lady
Jason Durr ... Sir Gawain
Marc Warren ... King Arthur
Martin Crocker Martin Crocker ... Knight
Patrick Moore ... Knight
Stephen Tiller Stephen Tiller ... Knight
Marie Francis Marie Francis ... Guinevere
Jonathan Adam Jonathan Adam ... Ferryman
Michael Povey Michael Povey ... Blacksmith
Gethyn Mills Gethyn Mills ... Blacksmith's Son (as Gethin Mills)
Sally Mates Sally Mates ... Woman in Black
Shay Gorman Shay Gorman ... Chamberlain
Arthur Kelly Arthur Kelly ... Older Servant
Nigel Cairns Nigel Cairns ... Younger Servant


One Christmas, a knight garbed all in green appears in King Arthur's Court and challenges any knight to hew off his head on the proviso that he be allowed to return the axe stroke afterwards. All of King Arthur's other knights being frightened, Sir Gawain takes up the challenge and hacks off the green knight's head. The green knight then gives Gawain a year to find his home and live a little before the cut is returned. Written by Jonathan Scott-Farley

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis









Release Date:

24 December 1991 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

And now for two things completely different
4 August 2018 | by dp-66183See all my reviews

Having just watched back-to-back two version of Gawain and the Green Knight, that of Stephen Weeks (1973) and that of David Rudkin/John Phillips (1991) it seemed like a good idea to write one review covering both. The difference is basic and simple: Rudkin's is a faithful and highly literate rendering of the text, while Weeks's is more of a fun romp based loosely on the same material. I find both equally enjoyable in their different ways, and can't understand the opprobrium heaped on the 1973 version. It's charming and delightful, with nice music and graphics, and features some great one-off (if over the top) performances from the likes of Nigel Green (who seemed born to play his namesake the Green Knight), Geoffrey Bayldon and Murray Melvin. Both benefit from some marvellous Welsh locations with which I am personally familiar. Perhaps one of the greatest advantages I have in appreciating it is the fact that I'm probably the only person in the world who has never seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and has no intention of ever doing so. Rudkin's more earnest and serious screenplay, with its hypnotically alliterative iambs, has made me want to go back and reread the original.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed