King Arthur (film)
Ideas won't work unless you do.Source Unknown
- [voiceover] By 300 AD, the Roman Empire extended from Arabia to Britain; but they wanted more. More land. More people's loyalty and subservience to Rome. But no people were so important as the powerful Sarmatians to the east. Thousands died in that field. And when the smoke cleared on the fourth day, the only Sarmatian soldiers left alive were members of the decimated but legendary cavalry. The Romans, impressed by their bravery and horsemanship, spared their lives. In exchange, these warriors were incorporated into the Roman military. Better they had died that day...For the second part of the bargain they struck, indebted not only themselves...... but also their sons. And their sons' sons and so on, to serve the Roman Empire as knights.I was such a son. Our post was Britain – or at least the southern half. For the land was divided by a seventy-three mile wall, built three centuries before us, to protect the empire from the native fighters of the North. So, as our forefathers have done, we made our way and reported to our Roman commander in Britain – ancestrally named for the first, Artorius – or, Arthur.
- (Young Lancelot) Father!Father... they are here.
- (Young Lancelot) Don't be afraid. I will return.
- (Young Lancelot) How long shall we be gone?
- He’s called Merlin. A dark magician, some say.
- Well if this woman of Gawain’s is as beautiful as he claims, I expect to be spending a lot of time at Gawain’s house. His wife will welcome the company.
- (to Gawain) Wondering at your good fortune that all your children look like me.
- What will you do, Arthur, when you return to your beloved Rome?
- You and your God. You disturb me.
- (about Rome) A breeding ground of arrogant fools?
- (asking Arthur) ...And the women?
- Saxons only claim what they kill.
- Come. Let’s leave Roman business to Romans. (takes a sip from his goblet)
- (against Roman soldier) Best of three.
- When are you going to leave Bors and come home with me, huh? (tries to kiss her neck)
- Why do you always talk to God and not to me? Pray. (gestures for ARTHUR to continue) To whomever you pray that we don't cross the Saxons.
- I don't like anything that puts a man on his knees.
- To try and get past the Woads in the north is insanity!
- Tell me. Do you believe in this mission?
- I don't care about your charge. And I don't give a damn about Romans, Britain, or this island.
- If you desire to spend eternity in this place, Arthur, then so be it. But suicide cannot be chosen for another!
- No, I choose life! And freedom! (slams hand down on the stables) for myself and the men! (angry sigh)
- Arthur, you fight for a world that will never exist. Never. There will always be a battlefield.
- I will die in battle. Of that I'm certain. Now hopefully, a battle of my choosing.But, if it be this one, grant me a favor: don't bury me in our sad little cemetery.Burn me.Burn me, and cast my ashes to a strong east wind.
- And that’s the summer.
- Hey Bors. You intend on taking Vanora and all your little bastards back home?
- That’s interesting. I thought you couldn’t count.
- (talking about Bors' child number three) That’s because he’s mine.
- Well, you’re about to give it to the Saxons.
- The work of your God. Is this how he answers your prayers?
- (after stabbing a monk) Not my god!
- We’re moving too slow. The girl’s not going to make it and neither is the boy. The family we can protect, but we’re wasting time with all these people.
- If the Saxons find us, we will have to fight.
- Is this Rome’s quest? Or Arthur’s?
- I don't believe in heaven. I've been living in this hell. (cheeky grin and shifty eyebrows) But if you represent what heaven is, then take me there.
- Rain and snow at once. A bad omen.
- We sacrifice goats, drank their blood, and danced naked round fires.
- What I do remember.... Home...oceans of grass from horizon to horizon, further than you can ride. The sky,bigger than you can imagine. No boundaries.
- I've killed too many sons. What right do I have to my own?
- I would have left you and the boy there to die.
- Your hands seem to be better.
- You look frightened.That’s a large number of lonely men out there.
- Arthur. This is not Rome's fight. It is not your fight. All these long years we've been together, the trials we've faced, the blood we've shed... What was it all for, if not for the reward of freedom? And now when we are so close! When it is finally within our grasp - look at me! (grabs ARTHUR) Does it all count for nothing?
- Then do not do this! Only certain death awaits you here. Arthur! I beg you! For our friendship's sake, I beg you.
- (voiceover) For two hundred years knights have fought and died for a land not our own. But on that day at Badon Hill, all who fought put our lives in service of a greater cause: Freedom. And as for the knights who gave their lives, their deaths were cause for neither mourning nor sadness. For they live forever, their names and deeds handed down from father to son, mother to daughter, in the legends of King Arthur and his knights.
- (Young Arthur) Mother! I'm finished.
- (Young Arthur) I am to be their commander?
- (Young Arthur) And what of their free will?
- Why did Merlin send you south of the wall?
- That’s not the bishop.
- Bishop Germanius. Welcome to Britain. I see your military skills are still of use to you. Your device worked.
- They do, but they occasionally venture south. Rome’s anticipated withdrawal from Britain has only increased their daring
- Tristan, ride ahead and make sure the road is clear. Please do not worry, Bishop. We will protect you.
- Give thanks to God that I survived to see it.
- I want peace, Lancelot. I’ve had enough. You should visit me.
- It’s a magnificent place, Rome. Ordered, civilized, advanced- The greatest minds of all the land have come together in one sacred place to help make mankind free.
- Bishop, please, my quarters have been made available to you.
- Let us not forget that we are the fortunate ones.
- Let us raise our wine to those gallant and extraordinary men we have lost but who will be remembered for eternity.
- They retain the religion of their forefathers. I’ve never questioned that
- He took my father’s place for me. His teachings on free will and equality have been of great influence. I look forward to our reunion in Rome.
- (looking at his knights) We have no secrets.
- On this day. You ask this of my men, on this day?
- They have risked their lives for fifteen years for a cause not of their own - and now, on the day they are to be liberated, you send them on a mission that is far more dangerous than any other they have undertaken. You tell me, Bishop. How do I go to my men and tell them instead of freedom, I offer death?
- Everything I’ve done has been for the Church and for Rome. Do not mistake a loyal soldier for a fool, Germanius.
- You think very hard upon our vow, Bishop, for I will hold you to it. Break it, and no Roman legion, papal army, nor God Himself will protect you. That is my word.
- Knights. Brothers in arms. Your courage has been tested beyond all limits, but I must ask you now for one further trial.We must leave on a final mission for Rome before our freedom can be granted. Above the wall, there lies a Roman family in need of rescue. They are trapped by Saxons. Our orders are to secure their safety.
- Bors, these are our orders. We leave at first light and when we return, your freedom will be waiting for you. A freedom we can embrace with
- O merciful God, I have such need of Your mercy now. Not for myself, but for my knights, for this is truly their hour of need. Deliver them from their trials ahead and I will pay You a thousand fold with any sacrifice You ask of me. And if in Your wisdom, You should determine that sacrifice must be my life for theirs; so that they can once again taste the freedom that is so long been denied to them, I will gladly make that covenant. My death will have a purpose. I ask no more than that.
- My faith is what protects me, Lancelot. Why do you challenge this?
- No man fears to kneel before the God he trusts. Without faith, without belief in something, what are we?
- These people need our help. It is out duty to bring-
- And yet you choose death for this family!
- How many times in battle have we snatched victory from the jaws of defeat? Outnumbered, outflanked, but still we triumph? With you at my side, we can do so again. Lancelot, we are knights. What other purpose do we serve if not for such a cause?
- My duty is also to my men
- I am Arthur Castus, commander of the Sarmatian knights and by Bishop Germanius of Rome. Open the gate.
- Our orders are to evacuate you immediately.
- Which is Alecto?
- (about the saxons) They’re invading from the north.
- They have. Us. We leave as soon as you’re packed.
- If I fail to bring you and your son back, my men can never leave this land. (through gritted teeth) So you’re coming with me if I have to tie you to my horse and drag you all the way to Hadrian’s Wall myself. (mock bow) My lord. Lady, my knights are hungry.
- What is this punishment for? (silence) Answer me!
- I tell you now. Marius is not of God. And you - all of you - were free from your first breath.
- Now hear me. A vast and terrible army is coming this way. They will show no mercy, spare no one. Those of you who are able should begin to gather your things and move south, towards Hadrian’s Wall. Those unable shall come with us. (to GANIS) You. Serve me now. Gather these people.
- And the only way out is to the south?
- They're coming with us.
- See if there’s still any alive.
- Water! Give me some water!
- I’m a Roman officer. You’re safe now. (WOMAN tries to finger his cloak) You’re safe...
- What is this madness?
- You mean they refused to be your serfs!
- Perhaps I should kill you now and seal my fate.
- Then I shall grant His wish. (to KNIGHTS) Wall them back up.
- We’re not leaving them
- Then save your anger for them.
- Some of your fingers are out of place. I have to push them back. If I don’t do this, there’s a chance you may never use them again.
- (in response to Guinevere's statement) I am.
- Really? And what did you hear?
- Listen, Lady, do not pretend that you know anything about me or my men.
- As many as tried to kill me. It's a natural state of any man to want to live.
- We’ll sleep here. Take shelter in those trees. Tristan.
- Your world, Merlin. Not mine. I shall be in Rome.
- My knights trust me not to betray them to their enemy.
- You tell that to the knights you killed before my eyes! Whose bones are buried in this earth!
- You know nothing of the loss I speak! Shall I help you remember? An attack on a village. The screams of an innocent woman.
- (voiceover) I ran to the burial mound of my father to free her. (back in present scene with MERLIN) To kill you.
- (young Arthur)Father, please... let loose your sword.
- I feel the heat of that fire on my face even now.
- There is not destiny. There is only free will.
- I'm sorry for your loss
- The path he chose was beyond the reach of the church, Alecto
- What, that some men are born to be slaves? No, that isn't true.
- Pelagius, a man as close to me as any there is now teaching that all men are free. Equal. And that each of us has the right to choose his own destiny.
- Get them all out of the carriages. Tell them to spread out.
- Ganis, I need you to lead the people. The main Saxon army is inland so if you track the coastline until you’re well south of the wall, you’ll be safe.
- No. You must bear witness to what you have seen.There’s one thing you must do, and that’s get back to Rome.
- Hold until I give the command
- I believe they’re waiting for an invitation. Bors, Tristan.
- Aim for the wings of the ranks. Make them cluster
- It’s not going to crack. Fall back. Fall back! (draws Excalibur) Prepare for combat.
- Bishop Germanius. Friend of my father.
- It was my father's wish that if he died on this island he would be buried with his knights.
- It's a family tradition
- Deeds in themselves are meaningless unless they are done for some higher purpose. We have waged a war to protect a Rome that doesn't exist. Is that the deed I am to be judged by?
- Pelagius told me once there is no worse death, (voice breaks, he is obviously trying not to cry) than the end of hope.
- Perhaps the curse is of our own making. And the blessing.
- You ask me that. You who know me best of all?
- You be my friend now and do not dissuade me. Seize the freedom you have earned and live it for the both of us. I cannot follow you, Lancelot. I now know that all the blood I have shed, all the lives I have taken have led me to this moment.
- I fight for a cause beyond Rome’s or your understanding
- I came to see your face, so that I alone may find you on the battlefield, and it would be good for you if you marked my face, Saxon, for the next time you see it, it will be the last thing you see on this earth.
- Knights. The gift of freedom is yours by right. But the home we seek resides not in some distant land. It's in us! And in our actions on this day! If this be our destiny, then so be it. But let history remember that as free men, we chose to make it so.
- It was my life to be taken! Not this! Never this!
- My brave knights, I have failed you. I neither took you off this island, nor shared your fate.
- Let every man, woman, child bear witness that from this day, all Britons will be united in one common cause.
- As promised - the Bishop’s carriage.
- Your passage to Rome, Arthur.
- Save your prayers, boy. Your God doesn’t live here
- Is this your happy face?
- Galahad, do you still not know the Romans? They don't scratch their asses without holding a ceremony.
- I’ve often thought what going home would mean after all this. What will I do? It's different for Galahad. I have been in this life longer than the other. So much for home - it’s not so clear in my memory.
- First thing I will do when I get home is to find myself a beautiful Sarmatian woman to wed.
- (asking Lancelot)I see. Then what will I be doing?
- Is that before or after I hit you with my axe?
- And only kill everything.
- How do you do that?
- Above the wall is Woad territory.
- I’m with you.Galahad as well.
- What are you waiting for?!
- Here you.Go. Move
- By the smell, they are all dead. And you. You even move, you join him.
- It’ll be a pleasure to put an end to this racket
- Our freedom, Bors.
- I don't like it. Rome. He's here to discharge us, why doesn't he just give us our papers?
- I don't kill for pleasure. Unlike some
- N-no-no.No. As of tomorrow, this was all just a bad memory.
- So you’ll just... leave the land to the Woads. I risked my life for nothing.
- (After Tristan shoots in the middle)Tristran
- You’re not completely Roman yet, right?
- Our duty to Rome, if it was ever a duty, is done. Our pact with Rome is done.
- Well if you’re so eager to die, you can die right here!
- I’ve got something to live for!
- Why would they not attack?
- (response to the word Pagan's from Marius)So are we.
- We’ll finally get a look at the bastards.
- Mmm... I can almost taste it.
- (pointing at the bishop’s carriage) What a bloody mess.
- Blue demons who eat Christians alive - you’re not a Christian, are you!?
- Why don't ye just kill him, and then discharge yourself after?
- Well, you speak for yerself- it’s cold back there. And everyone I know is dead and buried. Besides, I have, I think, a dozen children.
- You listen, when the Romans leave here, we’ll have the run of all this place. I’ll be... governor of my own village, and Dagonet will be my personal guard and royal arse-kisser, won’t you, Dag?
- A beautiful Sarmatian woman? Why do you think we left in the first place?
- What about you, Lancelot? What are you plans for home?
- To freedom.
- ... you look nothing like him. You’re all Bors.
- Here. Be a mother to your son. (kisses baby on the head and gives him to Vanora)
- (pulling Vanora forward) SHUT UP! Vanora will sing.
- Let the Romans take care of their own.
- Every knight here has laid his life on the line for you.For you. And instead of freedom, you want more blood? Our blood!? You think more of Roman blood than you do ours?!
- I’m a free man! I will choose my own fate!
- Of course I’m coming! Can’t let you go on your own; you’ll all get killed!I’m just saying what you’re all thinking!(quietly) Vanora'll kill me.
- From hell.
- ARTORIUS! Do we have a problem?
- How many did you kill?
- Not a bad start of the day
- Well I’m tired of running. And these Saxons are so close behind, my arse is hurting
- (alert) Woads!
- Well, you should try it someday; you might get a taste for it.
- (To his hawk)Where you been now? Where you been?
- I aim for the middle.
- Yeah yeah, we’re all going to die someday. If it’s death by a Saxon hand that frightens you - stay home.
- Woads. They’re tracking us.
- An entire army.
- East. There is a trail, heading east. Across the mountains. It means we'll have to cross behind the Saxon lines, if that's the road we shall take. (looks at all the packing serfs) Arthur, who are these people?
- Then we'll never make it.
- She’s a Woad.
- (To hawk)You want to go out again? Yeah...
- (Answering question) Four
- Armor piercing. They’re close; we have no time.
- No. We have to cross the ice.
- Never liked looking over my shoulder anyway.
- (To hawk) Hey, you are free.
- Let it go, Bors.
- The Romans have broken their word. We have the word of Arthur. That is good enough. I’ll prepare. Bors, you coming?
- Inish!Devil ghosts!
- This one’s dead.
- You must not fear me.
- He burns. Brave boy.
- (to Lucan) Down.
- (in fighting position) Yeah!
- Here. Now.
- He tortured me. With machines. He made me tell him things I didn’t know to begin with. And then, I heard your voice in the dark. I’m Guinevere. You’re Arthur, of the knights from the great Wall.
- The famous Briton who kills his own people.
- My father told me great tales of you.
- Fairy tales. The kind you hear of people so brave, so selfless that they can't be real. Arthur and his knights. A leader both Britain and Roman. And yet you chose your allegiance to Rome. To those that take what does not belong to them. That same Rome that took your men from their homeland.
- How many Britons have you killed?
- Animals live. It's the natural state of any man to want to live free, in their own country. I belong to this land. Where do you belong, Arthur?
- I’ll live, I promise you. Is there nothing about my land that appeals to your heart? Your own father married a Briton. Even he must have found something to his liking.
- 'Tis a beautiful country is it not?
- And where do you come from that compares? The Black Sea? This is heaven for me.
- What is it like, your home?
- Some people would call that freedom. That's what we fight for - our land, our people. The right to choose our own destiny.So you see Lancelot, we are much alike, you and I.. And when you return home, will you take a wife, have sons?
- No family. No Religion. Do you believe in anything at all?
- He means you no harm
- If you were so determined to leave us to slaughter, why did you save so many?
- Don't worry, I won't let them rape you.
- (In native Tongue')There might be a purpose for Artorius and his knights
- Peace between us this night, Arthur Castus. So Rome is leaving. The Saxon have come. The world we have known and fought for is ended. Now, we must make a new world.
- Rome was my enemy. Not Arthur. We have no fight between us.
- We have all lost brothers.
- I did not wish her dead. She was of our blood. As are you.
- My men are strong but have need of a true leader. They believe you can do anything. To defeat the Saxons, we need a master of war. Why do you think I spared you in the forest?
- That sword you carry is made of iron from this earth, forged in the fires of Britain. It was love of your mother that freed the sword, not hatred of me. Love, Arthur.
- And what of the free will of your knights?Did they die in vain?
- Don’t touch their women. We don’t mix with these people. What kind of offspring do you think that would yield? Weak people. Half people. I will not have our Saxon blood watered down by mixing with them.
- Are you challenging me? If you want to challenge me, you have to have a sword in your hand. As long as my heart beats, I rule and you hold your tongue. Or I’ll cut it out.
- Why should I trust you? You’re a traitor to your own people.
- Attack from the north with the main army. You take your men down here; cut off their retreat to the south. Burn every village, kill everybody. Never leave behind you a man, woman, or child who can ever carry a sword.
- They know we’re after them
- Take your men east. Hunt them down. I’ll take the main army to the Wall. Bring the family there.
- Finally, a man worth killing
- He speaks the truth, Father.
- We won’t camp. The wall... what troops are stationed there?
- Who is this Arthur?
- Tell my father of the Roman estate. Speak up!
- Father, their ransom could pay for the entire campaign.
- Arthur! Arthur Castus. Your father’s image. I haven’t seen you since childhood.
- Ancient tricks, for an ancient dog. And these are the brave Sarmatian knights we have heard so much of in Rome. I thought the Woads control the north of Hadrian’s Wall.
- I have no doubt, commander. No doubt...
- I was given to understand that there would be more of you.
- Of course. Arthur and his knights have served with courage to maintain the honor of Rome’s empire on this last outpost of our glory. Rome is most indebted. To you, noble knights, your final days as servants to the Empire.
- The Pope’s taken a personal interest in you. He inquires after each of you, and is curious to know if your knights have converted to the word of Our Savior or...-
- For our part, the church has deemed such beliefs innocence. But you, Arthur. Your path to God is through Pelagius? I saw his image in your room.
- Ah- Rome awaits your arrival with great anticipation! You are a hero. In Rome, you will live out your days in honor. And wealth.
- Alas. (sighs) Alas, we are all but players in an ever-changing world. Barbarians from every corner are almost at Rome’s door.
- Because of this, Rome, and the Holy Father, has decided to remove ourselves from indefensible outposts, such as Britain.
- What will become of Britain is not our concern anymore. I suppose the Saxons will claim it soon.
- Yes. In the north, a massive Saxon incursion has begun.
- Gentlemen. Your discharge papers with safe conduct throughout the Roman Empire. But first, I must have a word with your commander In private.
- You are to travel north to rescue the family of Marius Honorius and return in particular with Marius’ son, Alecto. Alecto is the Pope’s favorite godchild and pupil. It is his destiny to become a Bishop. Perhaps even Pope, one day.
- If your men truly are the knights of legend, perhaps some will survive. If it is God’s will. Your men want to go home. And to get home, they need to cross the entire breadth of the Roman Empire. Deserters would be hunted down like dogs. Will you defy the Pope, Arthur? Rome? God Himself?
- Would you leave a defenseless Roman boy, destined to lead our Church, at the hands of the Saxons!? Fulfill this mission, and your men will receive their discharge. Their papers will be waiting here the moment they return. You have my word.
- To represent the holy court, my trusted secretary, Horton... (looks around for Horton. Scrawny Bishop's Aide walks in)... Horton? ... will accompany you with your quest.
- Godspeed, as you fulfill your duty to Rome.
- Then get them home.
- Benedicta tu in mulierbus. Benedicturs fructus ventris tui, Iesus.Benedictus tu in mulieribus...
- (scared as hell) God help us. What are they?
- (muttering) Dozens don’t worry me nearly so much as thousands
- Very kind of Arthur to give up his room. But of course, it is to be expected.
- When my Master meets with your knights, he must be seated last and he must be seated at the head of the table.
- His Eminence, Bishop Naius Germanius.
- A round table? What sort of evil is this?
- His arm is broken. And his family?
- Sir. I’m here to escort you to the fortress hall
- Welcome back, Arthur, Lancelot
- Your Master can plop his holy arse wherever he chooses.
- Arthur says for men to be men, they must first all be equal.
- We are three days march from great Wall. If we camp at night
- Roman infantry. And possibly Sarmatian knights. Arthur Castus is their leader.
- It is said he has never been defeated in battle. It is said he is a great warrior.
- A very high ranking family live there. They are of great importance to Rome
- I found tracks coming from the south, but none going back. Horsemen, traveling light and fast. Could be Roman cavalry. Could be knights.
- They’ll head east now. Through the mountains.
- It’s him. It’s Arthur.
- It is a wonder you have come! Good Jesus, Arthur and his knights.
- You have fought the Woads. Vile creatures
- Alecto is my son. And everything we have is here in the land given to us by the Pope of Rome.
- Then Rome will send an army.
- I refuse to leave.
- What are you doing! Stop this!
- Stop what you are doing!
- They are all Pagans here!
- They refuse to do the task God has set for them! They must die as an example!
- You are a Roman. You understand. And you are a Christian! You! You kept them alive
- No, no! Stop! When we get to the Wall, you will be punished for this heresy.
- It is here, given to us by the Pope. These people, they send an army for us.
- (holding knife to LUCAN’s neck) I have the boy!
- I am Alecto.
- My father lost his way. He used to say, the church is there to help us stay on our path. It didn't help those he made suffer.
- But not of Rome. What my father believed, so Rome believes.
- It is so! He told me so
- Teach? How? They killed Pelagius. A year past. Germanius and the others were damned by his teachings. They had him excommunicated and killed. The Rome you talk of doesn't exist. Except in your dreams.
- Sir. You’re famous! You’re Arthur, aren’t you? I’m Ganis, I’m a good fighter and I’m smart. I’d serve you proudly.
- He defied our master, Marius. Most of the food we grow is sent out by sea to be sold. He asked to keep a little more for ourselves, that’s all. My arse has been snappin' at the grass, I’m so hungry! You’re from Rome! Is it true that Marius is a spokesman for God? And that it is a sin to defy him?
- Woad Warrior (In native language) Spill my blood with Excalibur and... (lifting neck) make this ground holy.
- Vanora(slaps Bors) Where’ve you been? I’ve been waiting for you!
- Vanora Who wants another drink?
- Vanora (slaps Lancelot) (through gritted teeth) My lover is watching you.
- Vanora I'm trying to work
- Vanora (singing)Land of bear and land of eagle
Land that gave us birth and blessing
Land that called us ever homewards
We will go home across the mountains
We will go home
We will go home
We will go home across the mountains
We will go home, singing our song
We will go home...
Hear our singing
Hear our longing
We will go home across the mountain
We will go home
We will go home...
- Saxon Soldier According to our laws, no man can deny me the spoils of our conquest.
- Woad No! He is our enemy! So is the Saxon!
- Villager Are you from Rome?
- Monk You cannot go in there. No one goes in there. This place is forbidden.
- MonkWho are these defilers of the Lord’s temple?
- Monk There was a man of God.
- Monk I was willing to die with them. Yes, to lead them to their rightful place. It is God’s wish that these sinners be sacrificed. Only then can their souls be saved.
- Monk Don’t you see it is the will of God these sinners be sacrificed! These sinners! These sinners!
- Monk God’s holy work has been defiled- I am a servant of God-!
- Saxon Soldier He says they walled him up in a building and took the family. Someone who goes by the name of Artorius.
- Fulcinia No, don't! Let him go!
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