The Children’s Crusade of the 12th century is the subject of Franklin J. Schaffner’s Lionheart, a flaccid, limp kiddie adventure yarn with little of its intended grand epic sweep realized. Based partly on myth, partly on historical accounts, the story [by Menno Meyjes] concerns bands of medieval tykes who set out to search for the elusive King Richard II on his quest to recapture the Holy Land from the Moslems.
Young knight Robert Nerra (Eric Stoltz) rides off disillusioned from his first battle and meets up with mystical Blanche (pretty Nicola Cowper) and her brother Michael (Dexter Fletcher), two teen circus performers who convince him to travel to Paris and join King Richard’s crusade.
The dark threat of the Black Prince looms overhead in all corners of the misty forest. Gabriel Byrne plays him like an ennui-stricken Darth Vader. His goal is to recruit all the kids and sell them into slavery.