George Romero enjoyed the greatest artistic freedom of his career while creating this modern-day Arthurian saga starring Ed Harris and laced with motorbikes, popular rock tunes and a contemporary take on chivalry. The story of a traveling Renaissance-fair troupe led by the idealistic Billy (Harris), KNIGHTRIDERS shows the scope of Romero's artistic talent outside of the horror genre. The group jousts on motorcycles and lives according to a modified version of The Knights Code of Chivalry, but when internal conflicts emerge within the group, Billy must face a breakaway faction led by his greatest rival (special-effects guru Tom Savini) and his band of "black knights." Called by many reviewers a personal film for Romero, KNIGHTRIDERS is both a metaphorical exploration of the director's own path in the entertainment industry and an unusual mishmash of fantasy fiction and drama. The film also features a brief cameo by Stephen King and his wife Tabitha. DIR/SCR George A. Romero; PROD Richard P. Rubinstein. U.S., 1981, color, 146 min. RATED R
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