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Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, History | 26 October 1948 (UK)
In the Jacobite Rising of 1745, the Young Pretender Bonnie Prince Charlie leads an insurrection to overthrow the Protestant House of Hanover and restore his family, the Catholic branch of the House of Stuart, to the British throne.

Directors:

Anthony Kimmins, Alexander Korda (uncredited)

Writer:

Clemence Dane (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Prince Charles Edward Stuart
Margaret Leighton ... Flora MacDonald
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... Donald MacDonald
John Laurie ... Blind Jamie
Jack Hawkins ... Lord George Murray
Judy Campbell ... Clementina Walkinshaw
Ronald Adam ... Macleod
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... Capt. Ferguson
Elwyn Brook-Jones Elwyn Brook-Jones ... The Duke of Cumberland
Finlay Currie ... The Marquis of Tullibardine
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Kinloch Moidart
Hector Ross Hector Ross ... Glenaladale
John Longden ... Col. O'Sullivan
Franklin Dyall Franklin Dyall ... MacDonald of Keppoch - Morar
Guy Le Feuvre Guy Le Feuvre ... Cameron of Lochiel (as Guy Lefeuvre)
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Storyline

In 1743, James Francis Edward, Prince of Wales, son of deposed King James II of England and Ireland and VII of Scotland decides he is too old to return to England to reclaim the English, Scottish and Irish crowns. Living in exile in continental Europe, he summons his son Prince Charles Edward Stuart to name him Prince Regent and entrust him with the task of reclaiming the crowns from the sitting monarch, King George II. During the succession debacle, the House of Stuart received the support of their Catholic subjects, while King George II of the House of Hanover had the support of the Protestants. Catholic France supported the House of Stuart's claim to the English, Scottish and Irish thrones. In 1745, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, affectionately known as Bonnie Prince Charlie and The Young Pretender, is finally sent to Scotland with French support to reclaim the throne from George II for the House of Stuart. With a warship and seven companions, Prince Charlie lands on a Scottish ... Written by nufs68

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From the studios of Alexander Korda a $3,500,000 spectacle in Technicolor. See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anthony Kimmins' Production Bonnie Prince Charlie See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In later years, David Niven looked back on the film with little affection, complaining that the script was never properly completed even before filming began. The writers were never more than 2 days ahead of the film crew. One bonus for Niven, however, was that he met his second wife Hjordis during filming. See more »

Goofs

The character of Kinlochmoidart (Herbert Lomas) is listed in the final credits as Kinloch Moidart implying that is the character's given and family names. It is actually one word Kinlochmoidart. The correct name of the character is Donald MacDonald 4th Chief of the MacDonalds of Kinlochmoidart. Like other MacDonald chiefs, e.g. Sleat, Keppoch, Glengarry, Kinlochmoidart took his familiar name from the location of his clan. See more »

Alternate Versions

Cut to 118 minutes after its initial release. Many TV prints of "Bonnie Prince Charlie" run 100 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dream Me Up Scotty! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Will Ye No Come Back Again?
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish tune, lyrics by Lady Carolina Nairne
Sung by a choir
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Simply No Redeeming Features!
15 October 2018 | by spookyrat1See all my reviews

Upon it's much delayed initial release, Bonnie Prince Charlie was a huge flop and even now, 70 years later, it's easy to see why. It's just plain dull.

The script, apparently revised repeatedly, manages to extract all suspense and intrigue from the tale of The Young Pretender attempting to establish Stuart royal claims over England and Scotland. The movie plays out theatrically, like some light, frothy,,drawing room farce, with none too many Scottish accents to be heard.

Poor old David Niven, (one of my personal favourites) is hopelessly miscast as Charlie and never convinces us, let alone all the Scottish nobles he depended on for support, of his rightful credentials to the throne.

Those expecting a rousing adventure filled with battle scenes need to think again. In this well over 2 hour film, the singular skirmish, takes up barely a minute of screen time and then ends up serving more as comic relief, it is so poorly staged. This is cinema where actors stand around and talk about various actions, without the audience being shown anything.

It's said that especially in the UK, Charlie's tale is an eternally popular one. If this is the case, may be some producer could do worse than seek to remake a far more exciting, suspenseful 21st century production, than this turkey.


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