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Black Knight

Black Knight
Photo: Black Knight ©2001 Twentieth Century Fox

Director(s): Gil Junger

Writer(s): Darryl J. Quarles, Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow

Cast: Martin Lawrence, Tom Wilkinson, Marsha Thomason and Vincent Regan

Release Date(s)

Nov 21, 2001 - Wide

Martin Lawrence teams up with director Gil Junger to bring an updated version of the old (or is that “ye olde”?) medieval fish-out-water tale to the screen.

Lawrence stars as Jamal Walker, an employee of the theme park Medieval World, who falls into the moat and, like the protagonist of Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’‘s Court, finds himself in the Middle Ages. Befriending a down-on-his-luck knight, Jamal finds himself romancing a woman ahead of her time and rebelling against an evil king.

Martin Lawrence previously worked from a Darryl J. Quarles screenplay when he acted in Big Momma’s House. Martin said, “The Black Knight script really made me laugh. I loved its fish out-of-water theme, and I thought it would be a lot of fun to play Jamal. I mean, what’s a bigger fish out of water than a brother from modern day going back into medieval England?”