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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 »
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Oliver's army is here to stay. 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
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)

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)
Roger Simons .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Gary White .... third 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 | 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:
When director Ken Hughes said to Richard Harris that no self-respecting Irishman should ever play Oliver Cromwell, Harris laughed.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:
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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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Oliver's army is here to stay., 25 March 2004
Author: dbdumonteil

The movie is some kind of misnomer ,cause Cromwell's reign is reduced to a short laudatory comment at the end of the movie.However,the film is good with a splendid cast.Richard Harris is every inch a puritan,never cracking a smile during the 2hours+ film.Harris's performance unlayers every nuance of his strength and his weakness (perhaps his best moment is when he discovers the man he's just executed was right).

Alec Guiness's king is impressive and his relationship with the catholic queen should have been more developed .Dame Dorothy Tutin's rendering is subtle and she makes all her scenes count.There is also Robert Morley and Timothy Dalton who give strong support.

Queen Henrietta took refuge in France and her daughter Henriette married the king Louis XIV 's brother ,"Monsieur" .Sadly she was to pass away at a very early age probably of peritonitis(few historians still speak of poisoning).

"Cromwell" ,which I saw when it was released ,has stood the test of time quite well,thanks to all these wonderful actors.In his own way,Cromwell was an incorruptible person ,ahead of his time,who predates Robespierre .The fact that he substituted a dictatorship for another one does not ruin his main revolutionary idea:a king is not infallible, the absolute monarchy means tyranny.A century and a half later ,minister Turgot told Louis XVI :"do not forget Charles the first,Sire!"

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