King Arthur in Hollywood

Knightriders (1981) -- Ed Harris, Gary Lahti

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George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead) takes a break from horror films to make this tale of a traveling gang of motorcycle-riding jousters that masks the last days of Camelot. (a Renaissance Faire with motorbikes instead of horses) The success of the jousting tournaments draws attention and money and begins to unravel the delicate code of honor that the self-styled Arthur (Billy played by Ed Harris) of the troop has created. The jousters mirror King Arthur's court, complete with a Merlin (Brother Blue) and Morgan le Fay (Tom Savini) to work on the progressive madness of Billy as it becomes apparent that he's losing his grip on the group. Good action scenes and a great performance by the main characters but a little flawed and long in its attempt to follow the legend.  Stephen King has a funny cameo as a beer-guzzling spectator.