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Series cast summary:
 William Tell (72 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jeremy Clyde ...
 Gov. Hermann Gessler / ... (72 episodes, 1987-1989)
 Horst / ... (72 episodes, 1987-1989)
 Matthew Tell / ... (72 episodes, 1987-1989)
Hans Meyer ...
 Tyroll / ... (72 episodes, 1987-1989)
John Otway ...
 Conrad (72 episodes, 1987-1989)
 Eleanor (60 episodes, 1987-1989)
 The Emperor / ... (49 episodes, 1988-1989)
Bertie Cortez ...
 Ambrose (48 episodes, 1987-1989)
Bernard Spiegel ...
 Weevil (48 episodes, 1987-1989)
 Villager (24 episodes, 1987-1988)


In this period action series, Wilhelm ('William', several names are anglicized) Tell isn't just a father whose masterly archery saves his boy (Matthew)'s life but more of a Swiss Robin Hood in medieval times, before the Alpine country became the present stand-alone republican Helvetic Confederation, who stands up time and again against grim feudal oppression, as administered by Governor Hermann Gessler and other noble lords, who exploit and abuse the simple mountain villagers practically as serfs. Written by KGF Vissers

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Ballesta  »

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1.33 : 1
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Based on the story william tell See more »


Edited into Crossbow: The Movie (1989) See more »


Straight through the Apple
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by Stanislas Syrewicz
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Adventures of WT and Crossbow
4 September 2006 | by (Barcelona, Catalonia) – See all my reviews

Hello I am surprised to see there are a TV movie and a TV series. The first one (Adventures of William Tell) is a TV movie from 1986. Then we have the TV series known as Crossbow (1987-1989). It's very rare not to see Tell and Gessler on the credits in Crossbow. Nor Horst. But they were there. Will Lyman as William Tell and Jeremy Clyde as Gov. Hermann Gessler were two great characters, two great actors.

I saw the TV series in Barcelona some years ago. I remember it was a great series. I don't remember a "end" for the series. Last episodes were very dark and confusing. I'm almost sure there was no last episode showing Gessler's death. More comments, please!

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