Gawain and the Green Knight (film)

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 and also Yvain, the Knight of the Lion by Cretian de Troyes and the tale of Sir Gareth in Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur.

Gawain and the Green Knight
Directed byStephen Weeks
Produced byCarlo Ponti
Written byPhilip M. Breen
Stephen Weeks
Based on
StarringMurray Head
Nigel Green
Robert Hardy
Music byRon Goodwin
CinematographyIan Wilson
Edited byJohn Shirley
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • 1973 (1973)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Part of the production was filmed at Beeston or Peckforton Castle in Cheshire.

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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