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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 King Is Born  »

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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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King versus Vikings
22 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

"Alfred the great" is an entertaining film with perhaps too much battle scenes.The two leads are convincing but the part of the queen is too underwritten.

The first scenes between David Hemmings and Prunella Ransome are good though: an educated prince who knows the Bible by heart and whose only ambition is to become a monk;an ignorant virgin under her father's thumb who uses her for political reasons.

Then comes Michael York ,the villain who's got twenty concubines and who falls for his enemy's wife .

This is the story of a reluctant king who believed in peace and love and finally discovers that in those troubled times (the 9th century) you had to be cruel to be kind .

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