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Alfred the Great (I) (1969)

M  -  Drama | History | War  -  1 October 1969 (Hong Kong)
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While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the 9th century, Alfred is planning to join the priesthood. But observing the rape of his land, he puts away his religious vows to ... See full summary »

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While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the 9th century, Alfred is planning to join the priesthood. But observing the rape of his land, he puts away his religious vows to take up arms against the invaders, leading the English Christians to fight for their country. Alfred soundly defeats the Danes and becomes a hero. But now, although Alfred still longs for the priesthood, he is torn between his passion for God and his lust for blood. Written by Ørnås

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A 3/4 sized replica of the White Horse in Berkshire was recreated on the slopes of Knockma Hill on County Galway. It was designed and cut 18 inches deep, 280 feet long and 60 feet at its widest and filled with about 17 tons of plaster. The Berkshire White Horse, which dates from before the English/Viking battles was the scene of King Alfred's encounter with the Viking invaders. See more »

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6 March 2005 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I liked this. Set in England in the 870s it tells the story of one of the great Kings in history. Hemmings does a great job as the complicated cynical Alfred who wants to be a priest but is forced into becoming King because his leadership qualities are badly needed against the marauding Danes. Hemmings Alfred is a formidable character but he's refreshingly no Hollywood hero. The battle scenes are excellent when you consider this was made on a low budget way back in 1969. There's a great aerial shot of a battle focusing on Alfred who's just come from the monastery to answer his country's call, giving off the impression that while he might prefer to be a holy man of letters, he can still effortlessly slide into the battlefield in an I can take or leave this manner. Hence his greatness.


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