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Prince of Foxes (1949)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 23 December 1949 (USA)
An unscrupulous agent for the Borgias suffers a change of heart when asked to betray a noble count and his much younger, very beautiful wife.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Milton Krims (screenplay), Samuel Shellabarger (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Andrea Orsini
Orson Welles ... Cesare Borgia
Wanda Hendrix ... Camilla Verano
Marina Berti ... Angela Borgia
Everett Sloane ... Mario Belli
Katina Paxinou ... Mona Constanza Zoppo
Felix Aylmer ... Count Marc Antonio Verano
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Storyline

In 1500, Duke Cesare Borgia hopes to marry his sister (widowed by poison) to the heir apparent of Ferrara, which impedes his conquest of central Italy. On this delicate mission he sends Andrea Orsini, his cousin Angela's lover and nearly as unscrupulous as himself. En route, Orsini meets Camilla Verano, wife of the count of Citta' del Monte (Borgia's next intended conquest); and sentiment threatens to turn him against his deadly master, whom no one betrays twice... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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King of romantic epics ! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

23 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Samuel Shellabarger's Prince of Foxes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Citta del Monte is a fictional place. See more »

Goofs

During the battle sequence the exact same ground level shot of hot oil being poured on soldiers scaling a siege ladder is repeated only seconds later. See more »

Quotes

Mona Constanza Zoppo: [responding to a noise outside her cottage which has disturbed her dog] Mice, rabbits, cats - a widow's dog never rests.
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Connections

Referenced in Dancing in the Dark (1949) See more »

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Magnificent Medieval Melodrama
17 May 1999 | by ecomcon-2See all my reviews

Just this weekend I stumbled across this lovely film on American Movie Classics (AMC)while fiddling around with the old remote. I was absolutely astounded by the realism of the sets: one felt transported to Renaissance Italy. Castles, palaces, towers were all faithfully replicated. The costumes were gorgeous. The armor and weaponry appeared accurate and deadly. Even the catapults were genuine; they did not appear to be models.

The acting was superb! You take for granted that the performances of Welles and Sloane would be excellent. But the very pleasant surprise came with Tyrone Power's portrayal of Orsini. I never considered Power more than just a pretty face (and an excellent swordsman). However, this film changed my opinion of his acting talents completely. In fact, all the supporting cast turned in satisfying performances.

This is a true gem of a film, I would love to see it on the big screen.


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