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The Crimson Blade (1963)

The Scarlet Blade (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | March 1964 (USA)
In 1648, during the English Civil War, Captain Sylvester switches sides between the Parliamentary and Royalist camps as his interests dictate, while King Charles I is on the run from Oliver Cromwell's troops.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Col. Judd
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Capt. Tom Sylvester
Jack Hedley ...
Edward Beverley, The Scarlet Blade
June Thorburn ...
Claire Judd
Michael Ripper ...
Pablo
Harold Goldblatt ...
Jacob
Duncan Lamont ...
Maj. Bell
Clifford Elkin ...
Philip Beverley
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Constance Beverley
John Harvey ...
Sgt. Grey
Charles Houston ...
Drury
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This historical adventure is set during the English Civil War. When King Charles I is captured by Roundhead forces led by the tyrant Colonel Judd and his right-hand man Captain Sylvester, it is up to a band of locals loyal to the King to try and rescue him. They are helped by Judd's daughter Claire who secretly helps them in defiance of her father Written by Anonymous

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A Bold Avenger ... Igniting the Flames of Rebellion in a Land of Blood and Betrayal! See more »


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The first film of Michael Byrne. See more »

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The woods are full of Rhododendrons, a bush not introduced to Great Britain from the Himalayas until the late 18th century - 150 years after the Civil War. See more »

Quotes

Col. Judd: [speaking of Edward Beverley] He's to be subjected to the most extreme forms of persuasion necessary to loosen his tongue.
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Opening credits prologue: 1648 This is the story of a band of freemen who defied a tyrant. See more »

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Version of Children of the New Forest (1998) See more »

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6 March 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Swashbuckler from the renowned Hammer studio who are more famous for their classic horror movies. This movie suffers from some poor casting decisions and a general lack of dynamic action to set the pace in a genre that demands excitement. Jack Hedley just doesn't suit as the hero and Oliver Read is much more interesting as the bad guy I think Reed could have done a better job in the lead role (he did go on to play Athos in Richard Lesters production of the Three Musketeers).

The script is generally poor and no one comes out to well in the acting stakes but this could have been excused had there been some great set pieces but action is another element somewhat lacking in what is a fairly disappointing movie by any standards 4/10


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