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Bonnie Prince Charlie: it's a dog's life

12 September 2013 5:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Producer Sam Goldwyn thought Anthony Kimmins's tale of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion was about a lovable Scots terrier. Frankly, it might as well have been

• Reel history: Frost/Nixon

• Reel history: Lovelace

Director: Anthony Kimmins

Entertainment grade: D–

History grade: C

In 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie, grandson and heir of the deposed King James II of England and VII of Scotland, arrived in Scotland to attempt to reclaim the throne.


"Bonnie Prince Charlie was one of those huge florid extravaganzas that reek of disaster from the start," star David Niven admitted. Halfway through the nine-month shoot, Niven cabled producer Sam Goldwyn: "I have now worked every day for five months on this picture and nobody can tell me how the story ends stop advise." Goldwyn couldn't help: according to Niven's biographer, Sheridan Morley, he thought the movie was called "Charlie Bonnie", and was "apparently under the mistaken impression that »

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