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Splendid historical flick based on the confrontation which originated the first and only one England Republic
The film centers about Olivier Cromwell (Tim Roth) and Thomas Fairfaix (Dougray Scott). Cromwell took over Parliament and taking on king Charles I(Rupert Everett). Then were created two factions: the Roundheads(Cromwell congressmen) and Cavaliers or Royalists(King's nobility ) , both sides had generals of considerable skill and undaunted courage as Thomas Farfaix . Cromwell defeated King army in battles of Moor, Preston and Naseby(1645).Later, he was named Lord protector of the Republic "Commomwealth" in 1653. He imposed a dictatorship ruled by puritans and vanquished the Irish and Scottish. He also fights against Holland and Spain . Cromwell developed a law of navigation for the British navy .He early died by fevers's illness . Richard Cromwell succeeded his father as President but he was rapidly dismissed.
A general of the Republic army and professional soldier named Thomas Farfaix commands the troops as Parliamentary commander-in-chief. His misunderstanding with Cromwell originates his desertion. Duration Republic was 1648 to 1660. Charles II went back to British kingdom and the regicides(those who had condemned Charles I to death) were arrested and hanged, drawn and quartered at Charing Cross. The Cromwell's body was disinterred, and his remains were hung from a scaffold.
The main cast formed by Tim Roth, Dougray Scott ,Rupert Everett and Olivia Williams as Lady Farfaix give excellent performances in this historic tale. The movie is very atmospheric with a first rate set design . Good direction by Mike Barber , colorful cinematography and evocative musical score . The motion picture will appeal to history's buffs. Rating : 6,5 / 10 .Better than average .
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