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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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14 August 1970 (Ireland) See more »
Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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This Country Will Be Well Governed If I Have To Do It Myself See more (81 total) »


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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)
Michael Guyett .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Julián Martín .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alfred Cox .... sound editor
Les Hammond .... sound recordist (as Leslie Hammond)
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
Gerry Crampton .... stunt supervisor
Brandy .... stunts (uncredited)
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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Argentina:139 min | USA:139 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
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 | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1985) | USA:G | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

The movie's main cast features two actors who both have appeared twice in the James Bond film franchise. Charles Gray appeared as Bond allie Henderson in You Only Live Twice (1967) and then played villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) whilst Timothy Dalton later portrayed James Bond in both The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989). Moreover, actor Michael Goodliffe appeared uncredited as Chief of Staff Bill Tanner in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).See more »
Factual errors: Cromwell was not one of the Members of Parliament named for arrest in the King's warrant. Cromwell was not present in Parliament at the time the King and his troops entered the House of Commons.See more »
Oliver Cromwell:Therefore, put your trust in God - and keep your powder dry!See more »
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV)See more »


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Why does the film refer to the English Civil War when it encompasses the rest of the British Isles?
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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
This Country Will Be Well Governed If I Have To Do It Myself, 12 July 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Cromwell was an ambitious undertaking for Director Ken Hughes and his two stars Richard Harris and Alec Guinness. He managed to capture the spirit of that part of the 17th century even if he didn't get all his facts right.

Like the many tellings of the story of Mary Tudor and Mary Stuart which have them in climatic meeting, we have Oliver Cromwell and Mary Stuart's grandson, Charles I meeting not once, but several times. They too never met, but the story demands it.

In point of fact Oliver Cromwell was a minor figure in the war between the Crown and Parliament until the Parliamentary Army lost a series of battles and looked like they were going down for the count. It was at that point that Cromwell emerged as a military leader. It turned out that this previously obscure member of Parliament who had no previous military training had a natural genius for warmaking. He turned that army around and eventually Parliament won.

Cromwell could have been George Washington at this point and retired to the farm, but he used his prestige and not as reluctantly as this film shows to make himself the military dictator of Great Britain with the title of Lord Protector.

The experience of Cromwell's reign scarred the English body politic for generations and to a large degree the American one as well. The whole struggle over which interpretation of Christianity would hold sway was something all of the ancestors of the American founding fathers had to deal with. That's when the idea came to them to have no established religion in America. Cromwell's large standing Ironsides Army enforcing his dictatorship led to a positive mania about no standing armies, no quartering of troops and even the right to bear arms. All this because of a collective memory of the Lord Protector.

Richard Harris is a lean and mean Cromwell who keeps saying he just wants to go back to the farm, but somehow winds up grabbing for more power. Alec Guinness is the perfect conception of that luckless monarch Charles I. Please note the relationship between Guinness and Queen Henrietta Marie played by Dorothy Tutin. Two things should be remembered there. First Henrietta Marie is the sister of Louis XIV of France, a monarch with considerable more power than Charles has. Note how Tutin is constantly berating Guinness for not standing up to the Parliament. He does and see where it gets him. Secondly Charles I is one of the very few English monarchs with no royal paramours. He and the Queen were actually in love and he knew her advice was from the heart if it proved disastrous.

Please note a couple of other good performances, Timothy Dalton as Prince Ruppert of the Rhine, Charles's nephew from Germany who actually was a whole lot smarter than he's shown here. And Robert Morley as the Earl of Manchester, one of Cromwell's rivals in the Parliamentary camp.

Oliver Cromwell died in 1558 quite suddenly and within two years the Stuart Monarchy was restored under Charles II, oldest son of Charles I and Henrietta Marie. The collapse of the Protectorate is a subject that English historians have some raging debates over. It was very much like the collapse of the Soviet Union in our time. The collapse of the Protectorate and the Restoration of the Stuarts was filmed in Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s The Exile and really needs an up to date treatment.

Cromwell as a film is magnificently photographed and directed and actually won an Oscar for costume design. But the flaws in the story line are too many and don't use this film as Cliff's notes kids.

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