Black Knight theatrical poster
|Directed by||Gil Junger|
|Produced by||Arnon Milchan
Darryl J. Quarles
|Written by||Darryl J. Quarles
|Music by||Randy Edelman|
|Editing by||Michael R. Miller|
The Firm, Inc.
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||November 21, 2001|
|Running time||95 min.|
Black Knight is a 2001 American comedy film starring Martin Lawrence. The film was directed by Gil Junger who has more famously directed television sitcoms. In addition to Lawrence, Black Knight had an additional cast of Marsha Thomason, Tom Wilkinson, Vincent Regan, Kevin Conway, and others.
The film was released in November 2001 and went on to gross $39,976,235 at the worldwide box office. The film was shot at various locations in North Carolina. The two prime spots used in North Carolina were Wilmington, North Carolina and Carolina Beach, NC.
Jamal Walker (Martin Lawrence) is an everyday slacker with a job at a crummy theme park called Medieval World, which is receiving big competition from another theme park, Castle World. Jamal's life is dramatically altered while cleaning a moat surrounding the park. He finds a medallion in the moat and while trying to pull it from its spot he gets sucked into a past world. Awakening in England, 1328, he bungles his way through this strange new world. Armed with his modern-day lifestyle, he quickly learns he is sort of a fish out of water. He is first met by a tramp named Knolte, to whom he gets some money. The citizens of England believe him to be a French Moor, from Normandy more specifically, because of his skin color, odd dress, language, and manner.
Jamal is soon taken in by the reigning king, King Leo (Kevin Conway). He is assumed to be a messenger from Normandy who the king believes to be bringing news of an alliance between England and Normandy. Although Jamal thinks that all people around him are just the actors in a theme park (which makes him treat all of the people in a funny way), he changes his mind when he witnesses the beheading. He soon nicknames himself "Sky Walker" and, after gaining trust from the king by accidentally preventing the assassination of the king by the conspirators, Jamal is made head of security for the king. While all of this is going on, Jamal finds out about the ruthless way the king came to power by overthrowing the former queen. He finds out this information from Victoria (Thomason), a chambermaid, and Sir Knolte (Wilkinson), a former knight of the queen who has become an alcoholic and whom he met at the beginning of the movie. Through their help and his own realization of the situation Jamal soon understands he must help overthrow King Leo and help restore the queen to power. He manages to convince decimated rebels to gather their forces and overthrow the king. Then he falls asleep and awakens encircled with his co-workers and medical team who saved him from drowning in the moat which causes doubt whether he really travelled to the medieval times or was just dreaming. Also when he come back to the present he successfully helps his boss in their business. The movie ends with Jamal falling into the moat again and getting sucked in ancient Rome trying to escape lions in gladiator arena.
The film garnered mostly negative reviews, receiving 13% on Rotten Tomatoes, where the "critical consensus" was stated as "Black Knight feels like a lazily constructed movie, filled with lame gags and constant mugging from Lawrence."
The film opened at #4 at the U.S. Box office in its opening weekend.