Based upon the true story that inpired the Christmas carol about a young king's care for his people.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Queen
Prince Wenceslas
Duke Phillip
Queen Ludmilla
Princess Johanna
Tomas (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
John Hallam ...
Brother Paul
Donald Pickering ...
Baron Oskar
Gertan Klauber ...
Jonty Stephens ...
Jan Turek


Wenceslas, the young king of Bohemia, lives trapped between the wisdom of his Christian grandmother and his ever constant battle with his tyranical step-mother. She wants her own son to be king and constantly tries to stay in charge of Weceslas's life (including picking out a bride for him). But it is only when he sees the suffering of his people that Wenceslas learns how vital it is that his step-brother never rules. Written by Max Vaughn

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This was Joan Fontaine's final acting role before her death on December 15, 2013 at the age of 96. See more »


The Queen: Oh, do try to be punctual on the day of your wedding. It's one of those strange little rituals of courtship that requires your presence.
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family movie
7 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this movie had allot of realism when it comes to life in that time period. This is how they traveled and lived. I found the script needed work in some areas, yet is one of my favorites. It was refreshing to see that it showed the true ideas of what Prince Wencelaus life was like and based on some real history. I would like to see this re released in DVD formate. This is one of the last movies Joan Fontaine was in and it was nice to see her with all her grace and glory. I was always sorry to hear that Jonathon Brandis will never be able to make another movie. Great for the whole family to share. If anyone can find it let me know.

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