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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
Katherine Porter ...
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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 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 »


Chief Superintendent: Congratulations. You've got yourself a place at Cambridge University.
Barry Grimes: Sir?
Chief Superintendent: A promotion. Royal Protection Squad.
Barry Grimes: You call that a promotion?
Chief Superintendent: His Royal Highness starts at All Saints' College and we thought you'd be the ideal companion.
Barry Grimes: Do I have a choice?
Chief Superintendent: [sneers] What do you think this is - a free country?
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Charming and Funny
22 November 1998 | by (Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

In this comedic drama based loosely on Prince Edward at Cambridge, we find Geordie policeman-turned royal guard Barry Grimes (Robson Green) dealing with both his charge, a naïve prince (Rupert Penry-Jones), and an American Fulbright student (Tara Fitzgerald). Green is absolutely brilliant as the guard who gets more than he bargains for: both an appreciation of literature, and love. As Grace, Tara was great as the free-spirit who becomes the object of both Grimes and the Prince (BTW: Her accent was very good, with only the word "appreciate" giving her away). And that's what you'll do when you see this film: appreciate. With a Cyrano undercurrent and some very funny guard-Prince mentoring scenes, this is one you'll want to watch again and again. If Robson Green is not careful, with previous performances in "Reckless" and "Touching Evil", he will become as well-known (and loved) in America as he is in Britan.

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