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Ken Hughes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 September 1970 (France) See more »
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Plot:
Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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A good piece of English history, badly told. See more (80 total) »

Cast

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Richard Harris ... Oliver Cromwell

Alec Guinness ... King Charles I

Robert Morley ... The Earl of Manchester
Dorothy Tutin ... Queen Henrietta Maria

Frank Finlay ... John Carter

Timothy Dalton ... Prince Rupert
Patrick Wymark ... The Earl of Strafford
Patrick Magee ... Hugh Peters

Nigel Stock ... Sir Edward Hyde

Charles Gray ... The Earl of Essex

Michael Jayston ... Henry Ireton
Richard Cornish ... Oliver Cromwell II
Anna Cropper ... Ruth Carter

Michael Goodliffe ... Solicitor General

Jack Gwillim ... General Byron
Basil Henson ... Hacker
Patrick Holt ... Captain Lundsford
Stratford Johns ... President Bradshaw
Geoffrey Keen ... John Pym
Anthony May ... Richard Cromwell
Ian McCulloch ... John Hampden
Patrick O'Connell ... John Lilburne

John Paul ... General Digby
Bryan Pringle ... Trooper Hawkins
Llewellyn Rees ... The Speaker
Robin Stewart ... The Prince of Wales
Andre Van Gyseghem ... Archbishop Rinucinni
Zena Walker ... Mrs. Cromwell
John Welsh ... Bishop Juxon
Douglas Wilmer ... Thomas Fairfax
Anthony Kemp ... Henry Cromwell
Stacy Dorning ... Mary Cromwell

Mel Churcher ... Bridget Cromwell (as Melinda Churcher)
George Merritt ... William
Gerald Rowland ... Drummer Boy
Josephine Gillick ... Elizabeth Cromwell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Bennett ... (scenes deleted)
Tony Caunter ... (scenes deleted)
George A. Cooper ... (scenes deleted)
Harry Fielder ... Man in Parliament (uncredited)
John Forbes-Robertson ... Colonel Harrison (uncredited)
Edward Kemp ... (uncredited)
Nigel Kingsley ... Servant (uncredited)
Victor Maddern ... Executioner (uncredited)
Paul Tropea ... Boy Outside Parliament (uncredited)
Rosetta Tropea ... Girl Outside Parliament (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Peasant (in church) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ken Hughes 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ken Hughes  screenplay

Produced by
Irving Allen .... producer
Andrew Donally .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Cordell 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth 
 
Film Editing by
Bill Lenny 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
 
Production Design by
John Stoll 
 
Art Direction by
Herbert Westbrook 
 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Taksen 
 
Costume Design by
Vittorio Nino Novarese  (as Nino Novarese)
 
Makeup Department
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Bobbie Smith .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Frank Bevis .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Miguel Gil .... assistant director
Harold F. Kress .... second unit director (as Harold Kress)
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
Mike Higgins .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
José Algueró .... assistant art director
Bill Dennison .... assistant art director
Julián Martín .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Cox .... sound editor
Jack Davies .... boom operator
Leslie Hammond .... sound recordist
Bob Jones .... sound recordist
Bill Taylor .... uncredited
 
Special Effects by
Bill Warrington .... special effects
 
Stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunt supervisor
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wilkie Cooper .... director of photography: second unit
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer
Peter MacDonald .... camera operator (as Peter Macdonald)
Cedric James .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Wilson-Apperson .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Frank Cordell .... conductor
 
Other crew
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (as Geoffrey Freeman)
Ronald Harwood .... script consultant
Patrick Isherwood .... assistant accountant
Antonio Sanz Ridruejo .... liaison: Spanish army
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity
 

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Runtime:
Argentina:139 min | USA:139 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-11 (re- rating: 2001) | France:U | Iceland:12 | Ireland:PG | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1985) | USA:G | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
The final version of Cromwell at one stage was 180 minutes long, but it was cut down to 141 minutes, deleting a number of featured roles in the process including: Felix Aylmer (in his final film) as an archbishop, and Bryan Pringle.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Cromwell trashes the "Catholic" golden ornaments inside the church, the priest's collar changes.See more »
Quotes:
Oliver Cromwell II:Do you think it could come to war, Father?
Oliver Cromwell:Well, Oliver, when men run out of words, they reach for their swords. Let's hope we can keep them talking.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV)See more »

FAQ

How historically accurate is this film?
Why does the film refer to the English Civil War when it encompasses the rest of the British Isles?
Why was this film so controversial in Ireland?
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34 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
A good piece of English history, badly told., 25 July 2004
Author: Scaramouche2004 from Coventry, England

As a lover of history, especially the history of my own nation, I never miss an opportunity to see a great historical epic, with Kings and Queens fighting the very battles of words and blood, which have carved our nation into what it is today.

I also feel that for a film to be educational and informative it has to be accurate and unfortunately Cromwell is never going to win any awards in the 'what really happened' category.

Despite these inaccuracies, the film does give us a general idea of what went on in the England of the 1640's so it still has the power to be enjoyable.

Alec Guinness steals the entire film with the only accurate portrayal in the movie as Charles I. The stuttering Scot who believes in the divine right of Kings. A man who looks upon Parliament as a challenge to his authority over the people, and a head of a protestant state wrestling with his own strong catholic leanings and sympathies.

Richard Harris is outstanding and brilliant, but portrays Cromwell as someone he most certainly wasn't. As an Irishman, it amazes me what ever persuaded him to take on the role. With Cromwell being the most hated Englishman in Irish history, I was surprised he didn't portray him as an evil oppressor and murderer complete with handlebar moustache, top-hat and cape accompanied by Hammond organs and loud hissing sounds from the audience.

Instead Harris' Cromwell is so nice and decent, honourable and just that by movies end he would have been welcomed at any dining table in County Cork.

Cromwell's belief was that Parliament runs the country and the people run the Parliament (reminder for Tony Blair!!!) The system we have today. However during his time as head of a republic state, he seemed to have forgot this and went his own way on nearly everything despite what the people wanted (remind you of anyone Tony Blair!!!)

So again inaccuracies rain on what is on the whole a very good parade.

The battle scenes also fail to excite as they are not filmed on the dramatic scale needed to have done them justice. In fact sometimes they are reminisent of Monty Python's reenactment of the Battle of Pearl Harbour by the Batley Towns-women's Guild.

Watch this film and enjoy it as I did, but I beg of you, don't use it as a basis for a factual thesis in your History Degree...you will fail big time.

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