The Prince of Hearts (1997)
"The Student Prince" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  22 November 1998 (USA)
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The Queen's youngest son is off to university, mainly because "I'm hopeless at anything else". Barry, his new bodyguard, has no time for the royal family and left school at fifteen. He ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Grimes
Gavin Richards ...
Chief Superintendent
Peter Lovstrom ...
Police Driver
Terence Rigby ...
Mr. Garter
Terence Budd ...
Christopher Staines ...
Graeme Garden ...
The Master
Mark Gough ...
The Master's Wife
Stephen Moore ...
Dr. Rymans
Danielle Tilley ...
Mrs. Quigley
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Blue Stocking


The Queen's youngest son is off to university, mainly because "I'm hopeless at anything else". Barry, his new bodyguard, has no time for the royal family and left school at fifteen. He certainly didn't volunteer for this job, and is damned if he's going to enjoy it. Yet he can't help liking the hopelessly unworldly young prince, at least, until they both set their eyes on the new American student! Written by Anonymous

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For its American television broadcast on PBS, the title of the film was changed to "The Prince of Hearts" to avoid confusion with the famous Romberg-Donnelly 1924 operetta and 1954 Mario Lanza film "The Student Prince", neither of which have anything in common with this film other than the fact that the prince is sent to a university. See more »


Mr. Garter: Mr Grimes, can I have a word? This fax came for you.
Mr. Garter: Looks like you're being demoted. Reserve officer accompanying the young princesses on a tour of New Zealand.
Barry Grimes: I *hate* children.
Mr. Garter: [drily] I expect that's why they chose you.
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References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

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Funny, moving, excellent...
26 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I truly loved this film. Acting was superb, well-written, wasn't soppy at all and brought up the debate about the monarchy - should it be abolished or kept? Rupert Penry-Jones plays a prince (not named) setting off for Cambridge University, UK. His bodyguard Barry Grimes is less than ecstatic when assigned to look after the prince for the duration of his time at university. Dealing with protesters against him getting his place with just two A-levels, bullying tutors, and a girl they both fall in love with, bullying teachers, and finally Barry becoming inspired by literature, this is a heart-warming piece. Truly enjoyable.

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