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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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a good historical drama, if somewhat simplified & under funded 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:
Peter Bennett was cut out of this film.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Henry Ireton is shown heading the parliamentary deputation who offer Cromwell the crown. Parliament's offer happened in 1657, by which time Ireton had been dead for 6 years.See more »
Quotes:
Oliver Cromwell:Now do we see in what contempt this King holds this house and this nation.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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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
a good historical drama, if somewhat simplified & under funded, 20 August 2000
Author: Sonatine97 (sonatine97@hotmail.com) from Birmingham, England

Oliver Cromwell the real person was not quite the people-loving man betrayed in this decent movie version drama of the English Civil War during the 1600s. In reality he became more the dictator & tyrant than the person he replaced in King Charles I.

However, putting that to one side, the film version of Cromwell's growing involvement in the War is marginally accurate and well done. Richard Harris, as Cromwell, makes a decent effort although I do feel he makes too much of a theatrical job with the role, with far too much posturing, self-smugness, and above all shouting....

I can understand his unhappiness at the Royalists encroachment of the Common People's liberties; and I can understand him fully remonstrating his feelings in the House of Commons, but Harris seems to shout in nearly every scene. So much so that by the end of the movie he is struggling for breath.

Conversely, Alec Guiness's Charles I is far more intelligently done. Underplayed yet convincing & too some extents we feel more sympathetic to his plight. After all he has a rather scheming Cathloic French Queen, the Catholic Church and a lot of other distractions to occupy his mind and usurp his powers.

The battle scenes are convincing but don't carry the same kind of savagery than the more prosaic Braveheart. But the supporting characters do a good job and add a more rounded feel from Harris' turgid performance.

The directing blows hot & cold, sometimes the story drifts & meanders before pulling back into sharp focus; while the choreography is sweeping & rich in content. The musical score, however, seems tacky & amateurish, lacking any depth in conjunction with what's going on in the film.

However, for all its faults and historical inaccuracies, we do get a slightly better insight into a rather grim & dark chapter in England's turbulent history.

Cromwell is a good film but should be taken with a large pinch of salt as far as retelling history is concerned.

***/*****

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