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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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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)
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:
The last cinema film of Sir Felix Aylmer.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Cromwell trashes the "Catholic" golden ornaments inside the church, the priest's collar changes.See more »
Quotes:
Oliver Cromwell:God damn this king!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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47 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
No No No, 15 May 2001
Author: (jonhealey@hotmail.com) from Oxford, England



Right, let's first get one thing straight: the acting is okay - Guiness, as always is very identifiable with (if that's a real phrase) and Harris portrays some of Cromwell's famously torn character.

Secondly, yes there is some idea conveyed of the turmoil of the period; the Levellers get a slight, if ridiculously truncated, mention.

However, anyone who knows the slightest snippet about the period must have left the TV screen or whatever nothing but annoyed by the gross licence taken with the events of the civil war. And it is not just the fact that I have studied the period in depth that makes such glaring inaccuracies as:>

Cromwell being named as one of the Five Members, he wasn't.

Cromwell even being present at Edgehill, let alone rescuing the day. Neither are true. At the same time the "arrangement" between the officers of the opposing side which was so crucial to the film never happened; and, at the end of the day the Royalists did not actually win the battle. It was a draw. Okay, I can live with some details being slightly wrong, but the outcome of the entire engagement...?

Why miss out the most bloody, viscious and, many would say, crucial battle of the war? At least at Marston Moor Cromwell was actually there.

Naseby, too, was grossly misrepresented: a) Cromwell did not command the parliamentary forces, Fairfax did; and b) in reality the Royalist force was just over half the size of that of parliament: hardly the stunning victory of a smaller force led by Cromwell as portrayed in the film.

The Civil War was in no way Catholic versus Protestant: both sides were Protestant and, to be technical, both were mostly heartily opposed to Charles' Laudianism (a kind of mixture of the two). However in 1970 some scholarship did maintain this so this mistake can perhaps be understood.

These are just some of the many nitpicking points that seem to preclude the idea that "Cromwell" provides "an excellent history lesson". However, "Appocalypse Now" and "The Thin Red Line" are both examples of historically inaccurate but still highly effective and powerful films. How come "Cromwell" fails on this count? Well, on the one hand neither of these, more recent, films even claim to portray real people -"Cromwell" does and therefore its stubborn disregard of the truth cannot be ignored. Then, on the other hand, if the film attempts to be more than just a reasonably nice looking swashbuckler (which it does) and to really look into the character of its protagonists then surely its case is harmed by these shocking errors. For example, how can the film attempt to portray Cromwell as a man made by his times (rather than the other way around) when it suggests that he was a significant player from the start. Before the outbreak of Civil War Cromwell had made just one vaguely significant speech in parliament. He was never contacted by Pym before the call of Parliament and there was no question of him ever leading the armies of Parliament until the retirement of Fairfax on the eve of the (curiously unmentioned) Second Civil War. Indeed he did not become official leader of the country until 1653. His rise to power was a great surprise to him and his countrymen.

Finally, why miss out Ireland completely from the equation when surely there is no more interesting aspect to the man's character than his opinions on religion?

Cromwell deserves a more accurate cinematic perspective, and surely half of the problem is that this film attempts to cram the ten most monumental years of British history into three hours.

Definately a "could do better".

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