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