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Quentin Durward (1955)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 16 April 1956 (Sweden)
A Scottish knight in France to facilitate a marriage between a rich and beautiful countess and his aging uncle becomes involved in court intrigue.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kay Kendall ...
Isabelle - Countess of Marcroy
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George Cole ...
Alec Clunes ...
Charles - Duke of Burgundy
Duncan Lamont ...
Laya Raki ...
Gypsy Dancer
Marius Goring ...
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Master Oliver (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
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Gluckmeister
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Bishop of Liége
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Duke of Orléans
Nicholas Hannen ...
John - Cardinal Balue
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Lord Malcolm
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Storyline

In 1465 Quentin Durwood travels to France to meet Isabelle, Countess of Marcroy, on behalf of his elderly Scottish uncle whom, for political reasons, the Duke of Burgundy intends she marry. A man of honour who may have sworn too many oaths, Durward finds he and Isabelle being used as pawns in a deadly game by the Duke and devious King Louis XI. One look at Isabelle has convinced Durward this is where he and his heart have to be. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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MGM presents in CINEMASCOPE and COLOR...Sir Walter Scott's The Adventures of Quentin Durward See more »


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16 April 1956 (Sweden)  »

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Sir Walter Scott's Quentin Durward  »

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$2,470,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm optical prints)| (Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm magnetic prints)

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(Eastman Color)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Soviet television produced an adaptation of the novel in 1988. In 1971 a series based on the Walter Scott novel was produced. See more »

Goofs

Although the story is set in 1465, the Château de Chambord in Loir-et-Cher, which serves as the Duke of Burgundy's residence, was built between 1519 and 1547. The Château de Maintenon in Eure-et-Loir, which began construction in the 12th Century, was expanded and renovated several times and did not reach the state in which it appears in the film until the 18th Century. See more »

Quotes

Hayraddin: Why do you have to be so honorable?
Quentin Durward: Why do you have to be so dishonorable?
Hayraddin: Because I am a gypsy. It's expected of me.
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Connections

Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.1 (1955) See more »

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Louis the Eleventh in Chambord!
21 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

For a French viewer,it is always much fun to see how Hollywood treats our history.For sure,Louis the Eleventh would be amazed if he saw the Château de Chambord in his kingdom whereas this castle (400 chimneys)was built more than thirty years after his death.But on the other hand his castle of Plessis -Lès-Tours (Lès doesn't mean 'the' but "next to" ) was his favorite residence:it's here that he kept his Fillettes (=girlies) where he imprisoned his enemies.Unfortunately these cages do not appear in the movie.

However,Hollywood shows the historical figures as French conventions do in cinema:Robert Morley's shrewd smart king and Charles Le Téméraire (Charles the Bold)are depicted in the same way as in "Le Miracle Des Loups" a French classic swashbuckler which was filmed twice ,the first version by Raymond Bernard in the silent age.

"Quentin Durward" is entertaining stuff,suitable for the whole family but it is not as exciting as "Knights of the Round Table "-which featured a more beautiful leading lady in the shape of Ava Gardner- or mainly "the prisoner of Zenda" ,my favorite Thorpe movie.Besides,the part of the villain is too underwritten (remember James Mason in "Zenda").Best moment:the duel among the bells .


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