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Cromwell -- Richard Harris and Alec Guinness star in a dazzling epic about the ambitious commoner who overthrewKing Charles I.

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Writer:
Ken Hughes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 August 1970 (Ireland) 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 »
User Reviews:
Pretty lavish but uneven and inaccurate See more (81 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
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)
Bryan Pringle ... Trooper Hawkins (scenes deleted)
Harold Coyne ... Parliamentarian (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Man in Parliament (uncredited)
John Forbes-Robertson ... Colonel Harrison (uncredited)
Edward Kemp ... (uncredited)
Nigel Kingsley ... Servant (uncredited)
Roy Lansford ... Parliamentarian (uncredited)
Victor Maddern ... Executioner (uncredited)
Paul Tropea ... Boy Outside Parliament (uncredited)
Rosetta Tropea ... Girl Outside Parliament (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Peasant (in church) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Hughes 
 
Writing credits
Ken Hughes (screenplay)

Produced by
Irving Allen .... producer
Andrew Donally .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Cordell 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Bill Lenny 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector (casting)
 
Production Design by
John Stoll 
 
Art Direction by
Herbert Westbrook 
 
Costume Design by
Vittorio Nino Novarese  (as Nino Novarese)
 
Makeup Department
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Bobbie Smith .... hairdressing
 
Production Management
Frank Bevis .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harold F. Kress .... second unit director (as Harold Kress)
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
Miguel Gil .... assistant director (uncredited)
Mike Higgins .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Roger Simons .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Gary White .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bill Dennison .... assistant art director (as Bill Bennison)
Arthur Taksen .... set dresser
José Algueró .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Julián Martín .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Cox .... sound editor
Leslie Hammond .... sound recordist
Bob Jones .... sound recordist
Jack Davies .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jim Hopkins .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
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 .... second unit cameraman
Peter MacDonald .... camera operator (as Peter Macdonald)
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer (uncredited)
Cedric James .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Wilson-Apperson .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Frank Cordell .... conductor
 
Other crew
Ronald Harwood .... script consultant
Antonio Sanz Ridruejo .... liaison: Spanish Army
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Patrick Isherwood .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
 

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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 | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1985) | USA:G | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Star Richard Harris said he had a nervous breakdown during filming, and actually woke up one day thinking they were going to execute King Charles I.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Battle of Naseby takes place in 1644, before the creation of the New Model Army, and Cromwell's Parliamentarian troops are heavily outnumbered by the King's Army. In reality, the Battle of Naseby was in 1645, the Parliamentarian troops were represented by the newly formed New Model Army which had a substantial advantage in numbers (some 13,000 to the King's 7400), and Sir Thomas Fairfax, not Cromwell, was in command.See more »
Quotes:
Oliver Cromwell:In the name of God! Did we cut the head off this King only to steal his crown? This hollow golden ring, this worthless trinket? Give it to a whore for the price of her bed!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced 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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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Pretty lavish but uneven and inaccurate, 25 March 2005
Author: Wulfstan10 from United States

This film ultimately fails as an historical drama. It has some pretty good elements. The production values of the costumes, scenes, etc., are overall quite good. Guinness is great as Charles: he looks a lot like him, and he does a good job at conveying the king's tyrannical, autocratic stance, his conviction in his belief that he's right, his nobility to the end, and the fact that while he usually ended up taking bad positions or doing the wrong things, he did so not entirely for bad reasons (at least in his own mind), for he was sure that he was right. The film also makes some modicum of effort at showing Cromwell's more troubling qualities, too, making him out to be the noble hero, but not entirely covering up his transformation into ruthless, hypocritical dictator.

However, the film has equally strong bad points. It tends to drag at many points and frequently gives the impression of being an overly drawn-out stage production that fails to be fully convincing. More serious, though, is the problem that, although presenting itself as historical, it plays fast and loose with history. It does not fully explain the causes of the Civil War or the differences of viewpoints within each side, especially the Parliamentarians, not all of whom were fighting for the same reasons. It portrays the Royalist forces as the flashy, well-equipped and stronger element when in reality the Parliament forces were not only much more numerous, but usually much better equipped as well (after all, it was not a war of rag-tag, grass-roots rebels trying to topple the government; each side represented in part one branch of the government and Parliament, not the king, was the body that held the purse strings). In addition, the Royalists often did quite well in battle despite their inferior forces. It clearly makes Cromwell out to be too important from the start: rather than being one of the key leaders in the beginning, he really started out as a military commander and simply rose to prominence over time. Finally, Cromwell, despite some of his autocratic tendency coming through, is still shown to be too much the reluctant, noble hero, and the film only hints at his other face, one which in short order made him none too popular in England, let alone Ireland. Needless to say, nothing is mentioned of his willingness to shed the blood of Royalists and Catholics, or to destroy historic architecture that conflicted with his Puritan views.

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