Lionheart (1987)

Lionheart (1987)

Taglines: A timeless evil. A warrior lost. A mystical quest.

A young knight sets out to join King Richard’s crusaders. Along the way, he encounters The Black Prince who captures children and sells them as slaves to the Muslims. It is Robert Narra’s sworn duty to protect the children and lead them to safety.

Lionheart, also known as Lionheart: The Children’s Crusade, is an adventure film of 1987 directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and produced by Talia Shire and Stanley O’Toole. Shire’s brother, Francis Ford Coppola, initially planned to direct the film but instead opted to be executive producer along with Shire’s husband, Jack Schwartzman. The screenplay was written by Menno Meyjes and Richard Outten from a story by Meyjes. The composer Jerry Goldsmith wrote the score. The film was released in August 1987 and distributed by Orion Pictures.

Loosely based on the historical Children’s Crusade, the story follows an exiled young knight, played by Eric Stoltz, who leads a band of orphans to join the Third Crusade with King Richard the Lionheart while protecting the children from the Black Prince (Gabriel Byrne), a disillusioned crusader turned child slave trader (not to be confused with the real-life Edward, the Black Prince).

Lionheart Movie Poster (1987)

Lionheart (1987)

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Starring: Eric Stoltz, Gabriel Byrne, Nicola Cowper, Deborah Moore, Dexter Fletcher, Nicholas Clay, Bruce Purchase, Nadim Sawalha, Sammi Davis, Chris Pitt
Screenplay by: Menno Meyjes, Richard Outten
Production Design by: Gil Parrondo
Cinematography by: Alec Mills
Film Editing by: David Bretherton, Richard Haines
Costume Design by: Nanà Cecchi
Set Decoration by: Josie MacAvin
Art Direction by: Cliff Robinson
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Distributed by: Orion Pictures
Release Date: August 14, 1987