by David Coder of Knotwork Links Chainmail
Compiled through the keen observation and good graces of the submitters listed below. For some rather long but good reading, check out the bulletin board topic from which this all started: Maille in the Movies
Movie or Show Name
Year of Release
|Amazons and Gladiators||2001||No|
|Andromeda (TV Series)||2000-????||Yes|
|The Arena||1973 (?)||No|
|Army of Darkness||1993||No|
|Bedazzled (w/ Elizabeth Hurley)||2000||No|
|Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Disney)||No|
|Black Adder (TV)||No|
|Charlie's Angels||2000||Yes||1 2|
|Commando (possibly knitted chainmaille look alike)||1985||No||1|
|Conan the Destroyer & Conan the Barbarian||No|
|Dark Prince (TV Movie)||2000||No|
|Death Wish V: The Face of Death||1994||No|
|Dogma||1999||Yes||1 2 3|
|Dragonheart: A New Beginning||No|
|Dungeons & Dragons||No|
|Excalibur||1981||Yes||1 2 3|
|Farscape (TV Series)||1999-????||No|
|First Knight (quasi-maille)||1995||Yes||1|
|Monty Python's Flying Circus, Tape #15||1969-1974||No|
|Henry the Fifth||No|
|Highlander (the original movie)||1986||Yes|
|Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade||1989||Yes||1|
|Ivanhoe (with Robert Taylor)||1952||No||1 2|
|Joan of Arc||1999||No|
|John Carpenter's Vampires||1998||No|
|A Knight's Tale||2001||Yes|
|Knights of the Round Table||1954||No|
|Ladyhawke (quasi-maille) & (sorta-maille)||1985||Yes||Mini Gallery|
|The Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (wonderful movie)||2001||No|
|Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome||1985||Yes||1|
|Men In Black II||No|
|Merlin (TV Movie)||1998||No|
|The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc||1999||Yes||1 2 3 4|
|The Mists of Avalon (TV)||2001||Yes|
|Monty Python and the Holy Grail||1975||Yes||1 2 3 4|
|Planet of the Apes||2001||Yes|
|Robin Hood: Men In Tights||1993||No|
|Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves||1991||No|
|Romeo + Juliet||1996||Yes||1 2|
|The Running Man||1987||No|
|Shakespeare in Love||1998||No|
|Skulhedface (A GWAR movie)||1994||No|
|Witchblade: The Movie (TV Movie)||2001||Yes|
|Wild Wild West||1999||Yes|
Year of Release - Refers to the year in which the referenced movie was
release. Researched from the Internet Movie
Confirmed - Whether or not I have actually seen proof of said maille. More below...
Picture - Click to see what proof I have online of said maille. This isn't the only proof I've seen. Many pictures are from the IMDb.
--If you know of a movie with maille in it and it isn't listed here, send
me an e-mail! If you could attach a picture of the maille in the movie, I
will list it as confirmed. If not, I'll just list it as not confirmed.
--If you happen to have pictures of maille from any of the movies listed, I'd be happy to accept that too. --I'll put your name in a list of contributors, if you so wish, at the bottom of this page.
--If you want to link to this page, feel free, but please give credit where credit is due and don't claim this page as part of your site unless given permission from me.
Super Duper Bonus!!! Famous maille sightings on random people and
Cher Scott Steiner (WWF) Muscle Mag Woman Ozzy Osbourne Sports Illustrated: Rebecca Romijn Stamos Also in Baha Men's video for Shrek
Contributors: ((funny names are from THE Chainmaille Board , we are knotlinks))
|Odin - http://www.angelfire.com/on3/chainman/||PoD - http://www.castledarkmoor.com|
|Greensleeve1275||SinisterFrog - http://www.sinisterfrog.cjb.net|
|Second Hand Hippie - http://www.twistedink.com||WarlordOfChaos - http://warlordslair.cjb.net|
|Stoli||David Hagler - http://www.firesidearmoury.com/|
|Buddha||Aderamelech - http://www.geocities.com/gothic_chains|
|Tretboot - http://tretboot.de||Gilleban - http://hometown.aol.com/gilleban|
Explanation of quasi-maille:
The term "quasi-maille" is a KLC term, and should not be considered in any way a historical or accepted term. I first used the term after it came to my attention that the maille in First Knight wasn't real maille, but a weird sort of plate/maille combination. After some intense searching, I found a company that made exactly what was in the movie.
The company was called Metal-Chainex, and WAS at www.metal-chainex.fr. For whatever reason, their page is now defunct, which leaves us no reference as to how to make the stuff. Some of this quasi-maille can be seen in my Ladyhawke pictures above. It is the shiny silver stuff, not the darker bronze looking stuff. It is included here as a reference to how the eye can fool the viewer, and to show some different types of maille like material.
As a further study into what exactly this strange material is, I studied the DVD captures and talked to some other maillers. I have drawn up a diagram of how I think the quasi-maille is constructed. Mind you, this is how I think the quasi-maille is constructed.
Explanation of Confirmation Status
I will list a movie as confirmed only if it has met certain criteria. These criteria are as follows:
A) I have seen said movie and have seen said chainmaille
or chainmaille look alike.
2) I believe that the chainmaille in said movie is real linked maille, or a derivation thereof.
III) Usually, other people think so too.
Q: How come you have some of the movies confirmed, but
no pictures of the maille?
A: I have no video capture equipment for VHS or DVD anymore, so I am unable to get stills showing maille. If you have this equipment or stills of the maille in question, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and you'll be rewarded with your name in the above list and good karma.
Q: How come you have some movies listed with pictures
clearly showing chainmaille, but they are listed as unconfirmed?
A: As stated above, I want to actually see the chainmaille in the movie myself before I list it as confirmed. If I haven't seen the movie, I can't really list it as confirmed. Also, I was mistaken in the past in listing Commando as confirmed, because I had seen the film in the past and was shown a picture of the "chainmaille". I tricked my eyes and myself into believing that the painted knitted sweater like material was actually chainmaille. I hope I don't do this again. Sorry.
Q: Do you have a life outside of chainmaille and these
A: Well, that answer has four main parts. The first part is thi.... OOOHHH! Chainmaille sounds coming from my movie, gotta go!
And the winner for best chainmaille joke in this thread goes to Gilleban, with this:
Just remembered part of the credits...a chunk of it was filmed in Prague, so the gorget and shirt might have been produced there...keep forgetting the Czechs are in the maille...
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