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Oliver Cromwell (Character)
from Cromwell (1970)

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Cromwell (1970)
Oliver Cromwell: It's an odd thing, Mr. Ireton. Every man who wages war believes God is on his side. I'll warrant God should often wonder who is on his.

Oliver Cromwell: Against the King? You mean a civil war? In England? Huh! You know not the ways of this nation. Such things do not happen here.

Henry Ireton: Though Strafford's hand be upon this warrant, I see in this business not the hand of Strafford, but that of the King.
Oliver Cromwell: It is not the function of this House to sit in judgment upon this King. The fault lies with those people from whom the King has sought counsel.

Oliver Cromwell: Now do we see in what contempt this King holds this house and this nation.

Oliver Cromwell: You are no more capable of managing the affairs of this nation than you are of running a brothel!

Oliver Cromwell: This nation will prosper because it is a godly nation, and because we walk hand in hand with the Lord!

Oliver Cromwell: God damn this king!

Oliver Cromwell: In the name of God! Did we cut the head off this King only to steal his crown? This hollow golden ring, this worthless trinket? Give it to a whore for the price of her bed!

Oliver Cromwell: Gentlemen! An immovable Parliament is more obnoxious than an immovable King!

Oliver Cromwell II: Do you think it could come to war, Father?
Oliver Cromwell: Well, Oliver, when men run out of words, they reach for their swords. Let's hope we can keep them talking.

Oliver Cromwell: O Lord, Thou knowest how busy I must be this day. If I forget Thee, do not Thou forget me.

Oliver Cromwell: Therefore, put your trust in God - and keep your powder dry!

Oliver Cromwell: [Addressing Parliament] I do not believe that this is an evil king. But he is confused. And he cannot say no to his wife. Therefore if it please God I shall raise an army of men who are not confused. Stern men who say no to the tyranny of kings and wives. Men who make no confusion over the ordained place of man and woman, king and subject. And with these stern, God-fearing men, I shall ride. And we shall be called Ironsides because we are like iron, being hard both night and day. And the king shall find us unyielding, like a rod of iron, and shall give us satisfaction. Like our wives!

Oliver Cromwell: The King is not England, and England is not the King.

King Charles: Mr. Cromwell, you are impertient.
Oliver Cromwell: Such issues are beyond good manners, sir. Catholicism is more than a relgion. It ia a political power. Therefore, I am led to believe there will be no peace in Ireland until the Catholic Church is crushed.

Oliver Cromwell: Every man who wages war thinks God is on his side, and often I warrant God should often wonder who is on his.

Oliver Cromwell: Is the Church of England not a Protestant church? Would the king turn the house of God into a Roman temple?


To Kill a King (2003)
Oliver Cromwell: Where are the law reforms? The guarantees of basic freedoms?
Denzil Holles: If you read it carefully you will find them. We removed the King's power to appoint judges.
Oliver Cromwell: You do not say why. Every man has a right to fair trial and opportunity. It is a fundamental principle. If you have not the guts to write it, then let me.

Sir Thomas Fairfax: We are not butchers, Oliver. This is not war!
Oliver Cromwell: Is that so, Tom? When did it end? I must have missed it.

Oliver Cromwell: Name one reason why a man should hold power over a nation.
Doubter: Because he is born to it.
Oliver Cromwell: I said a reason. Not an excuse.

Oliver Cromwell: [to Lady Anne Fairfax] I underestimated you, Anne. I see there are two generals in this house.

Oliver Cromwell: [showing the crowd the blood stain on his hand after the king's execution] Red. It is red blood, like our own.

Oliver Cromwell: [his last words to Thomas Fairfax] I was counting on you. You let me down.


The Conqueror Worm (1968)
Gen. Oliver Cromwell: The year is 1645, England is in the grip of bloody Civil War. On the one side stand the Royalist party of King Charles, on the other, Cromwell's Parliamentary party: the Roundheads. The Structure of law and order has collapsed. Local Magistrates indulge their individual whims, justice and injustice are dispensed in more or less equal quantities, without opposition. An atmosphere in which the unscrupulous revel, and the likes of Matthew Hopkins take full advantage of the situation. In a time where the superstitions of country folk are still a powerful factor, Hopkins preys upon them, torturing and killing in a supposed drive to eliminate witchcraft from the country, and doing so with the full blessing of what law there is. However, his influence is confined largely to the Eastern Sector of the country: East Anglia, which is held firmly in Cromwell's grasp, but not so firmly that Roundhead cavalry patrols have everything their way. For there persists an ever present threat of the remnants of the Royalist armies, desperately foraging for food, horses and supplies.