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High Crusade, The

High Crusade, The

A castle somewhere in England. It is the eve of the Crusades, and all good English knights are preparing to march on Jerusalem. Out of the heavens, an alien spaceship descends. An entry hatch opens and a scouting party from another planet emerges, gathering information for a potential march on Earth. The medieval knights are technically underdeveloped, cosmologically misinformed and incredibly thick-skulled. The extra-terrestrials are highly intelligent, technically advanced and extremely knowledgeable. Who will come out on top? For the knights, there is only one possible reaction to invaders who do not treasure English hospitality: attack. Unimpressed by the aliens' high-tech weapons, the knights storm the spaceship, take a hostage and set off for the Holy Land to put the fear of God into the heathen. But then the hostage switches the automatic pilot to "return home" ...


Klaus Knoesel was born in 1964 in Erlangen. After studying Theater, he worked as an assistant director in theaters in Berlin and Munich. From 1987-1992, he attended the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich, specializing in directing and producing feature films. He worked on the computer animation of Roland Emmerich's film Moon 44. He also directs commercials and video clips. His films include: Ein Tryptychon von Otto Dix (short, 1989), co-direction with Holger Neuhaeuser on the films Star Track - The Next Generation (short, 1990), Supermantas raeumen auf - und zwar gruendlich (1991), G.E.Z. - er kam aus dem Nichts (short, 1992), Die Vorboten Armageddons (short, 1992) and High Crusade - Frikassee im Weltraum (1994), as well as independent direction for Drei Tage Angst (TV, 1997), Doggydog - Eine total verrueckte Hundeentfuehrung (TV, 1998) and Rave Macbeth (2001).

Holger Neuhaeuser
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 1994
Directors Klaus Knoesel, Holger Neuhaeuser
Screenplay Juergen Egger, Robert G. Brown
Cinematography Wolfgang Aichholzer
Ueli Christen
4. Stock
Cast John Rhys-Davies, Rick Overton, Michael Des Barres, Ray Cokes, Catherine Punch, Patrick Brymer, Debbie Lee Carrington, Rinaldo Talamonti
Producers Thomas Wöbke, Jakob Claussen, Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich
Production Companies Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion, Centropolis
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby Stereo
Festivals Tokyo International Fantastic Film Festival 1994
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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