Ivanhoe
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Produced by MGM's British facilities, the Technicolor Ivanhoe starred Robert Taylor in the title role. Returning to England from the Third Crusades, Ivanhoe is given a cool but cordial reception by his estranged father Cedric (Finlay Currie), a Saxon who despises the Norman king Richard the Lionhearted. Cedric introduces Ivanhoe's fellow knights De Bois-Guilbert (George Sanders) and Sir Hugh de Bracy (Robert Douglas) to Cedric's lovely ward Rowena (Joan Fontaine), who was in love with Ivanhoe until he cast his lot with Richard. Leaving his father's castle, Ivanhoe rescues Isaac… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"Ivanhoe is a great romantic adventure, mounted extravagantly, crammed with action, and emerges as a spectacular feast."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Luxe MGM historical ransacking, locationed to the nines, beautiful to look upon, but with energy lapses in the soggy script of Sir Walter Scott's epic classic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's an entertaining medieval costume epic that presents an inaccurate version of literature and history."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"I could do while watching it was giggle."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The dialogue and script are fatuously Americanised from Scott's original, but these chivalric Hollywood sagas still have a strange poetic quality about them."
‑ , Time Out
"By standrads of the 1950s, this is a passably entertaining period adventure, representing Hollywood's effort to fight the competition from the new and threatening medium of TV."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"In a way the next best thing to the real Arthurian classic that Hollywood never made, with the added plus of Robin Hood and his Merry Men (if only Warrender weren't so stiff)."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"As Ivanhoe, Robert Taylor does a good, sturdy, manly job and George Sanders is intriguingly fluid as the emotionally torn De Bois-Guilbert."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"While Joan Fontaine was one of MGM's marquee beauties, she must have rued the day that Ivanhoe's other damsel went to Elizabeth Taylor, who steals Fontaine's thunder with her eyes alone."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"In this ostensibly epic tale of knights and maidens, chivalry and swordfights, there is not a single actor who does not appear surpassingly bored"
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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