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Oliver Cromwell can no longer tolerate King Charles' policies, and the self-interest of the ruling class, and leads a civil war to install Parliament as the ultimate ruler of England.

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Ken Hughes

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Ken Hughes (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... Oliver Cromwell
Alec Guinness ... King Charles 'Stuart' I
Robert Morley ... The Earl of Manchester
Dorothy Tutin ... Queen Henrietta Maria
Frank Finlay ... John Carter
Timothy Dalton ... Prince Rupert
Patrick Wymark ... The Earl of Strafford
Patrick Magee ... Hugh Peters
Nigel Stock ... Sir Edward Hyde
Charles Gray ... The Earl of Essex
Michael Jayston ... Henry Ireton
Richard Cornish Richard Cornish ... Oliver Cromwell II
Anna Cropper ... Ruth Carter
Michael Goodliffe ... Solicitor General
Jack Gwillim ... General Byron
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Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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In his raised fist, the power of the people !


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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1970 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Cromwell, hombre de hierro See more »

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Budget:

£3,750,000 (estimated)
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

The final version of this movie, at one stage, was three hours long, but it was cut down to two hours and nineteen minutes, deleting several featured roles in the process including: Felix Aylmer (in his final movie) as an archbishop, and Bryan Pringle, Peter Bennett, Tony Caunter, and George A. Cooper. See more »

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Oliver Cromwell is shown as being the first signatory of the death warrant of King Charles I. In fact, he was the third to sign it, after it John Bradshaw (the President of the Court) and Lord Grey of Groby. See more »

Quotes

Executioner: [holding up the King's head] Behold, the head of a traitor!
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A good piece of English history, badly told.
25 July 2004 | by Scaramouche2004See all my reviews

As a lover of history, especially the history of my own nation, I never miss an opportunity to see a great historical epic, with Kings and Queens fighting the very battles of words and blood, which have carved our nation into what it is today.

I also feel that for a film to be educational and informative it has to be accurate and unfortunately Cromwell is never going to win any awards in the 'what really happened' category.

Despite these inaccuracies, the film does give us a general idea of what went on in the England of the 1640's so it still has the power to be enjoyable.

Alec Guinness steals the entire film with the only accurate portrayal in the movie as Charles I. The stuttering Scot who believes in the divine right of Kings. A man who looks upon Parliament as a challenge to his authority over the people, and a head of a protestant state wrestling with his own strong catholic leanings and sympathies.

Richard Harris is outstanding and brilliant, but portrays Cromwell as someone he most certainly wasn't. As an Irishman, it amazes me what ever persuaded him to take on the role. With Cromwell being the most hated Englishman in Irish history, I was surprised he didn't portray him as an evil oppressor and murderer complete with handlebar moustache, top-hat and cape accompanied by Hammond organs and loud hissing sounds from the audience.

Instead Harris' Cromwell is so nice and decent, honourable and just that by movies end he would have been welcomed at any dining table in County Cork.

Cromwell's belief was that Parliament runs the country and the people run the Parliament (reminder for Tony Blair!!!) The system we have today. However during his time as head of a republic state, he seemed to have forgot this and went his own way on nearly everything despite what the people wanted (remind you of anyone Tony Blair!!!)

So again inaccuracies rain on what is on the whole a very good parade.

The battle scenes also fail to excite as they are not filmed on the dramatic scale needed to have done them justice. In fact sometimes they are reminisent of Monty Python's reenactment of the Battle of Pearl Harbour by the Batley Towns-women's Guild.

Watch this film and enjoy it as I did, but I beg of you, don't use it as a basis for a factual thesis in your History Degree...you will fail big time.


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