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The Moonraker (1958)

After the battle of Worcester at the end of the Civil War, the main aim of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth is to capture Charles Stuart. The future king's escape depends on the intrepid Earl of Dawlish.

Director:

David MacDonald (as David Macdonald)

Writers:

Robert Hall (screenplay), Wilfred Eades (screenplay) (as Wilfrid Eades) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Baker ... The Moonraker
Sylvia Syms ... Anne Wyndham
Marius Goring ... Colonel Beaumont
Peter Arne ... Edmund Tyler
Clive Morton ... Lord Harcourt
Gary Raymond ... Charles Stuart
Richard Leech ... Henry Strangeways
Iris Russell Iris Russell ... Judith Strangeways
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Martin Strangeways (as Michael Anderson Jnr.)
Paul Whitsun-Jones Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Parfitt
John Le Mesurier ... Cromwell
Patrick Troughton ... Captain Wilcox
Julian Somers Julian Somers ... Captain Foster
Sylvia Bidmead Sylvia Bidmead ... Meg
Patrick Waddington ... Lord Dorset
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After the battle of Worcester at the end of the Civil War, the main aim of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth is to capture Charles Stuart. The future king's escape depends on the intrepid Earl of Dawlish, who as the Moonraker has already spirited away many Royalists. Dawlish travels to the Windwhistle Inn on the south coast to prepare the escape, where he meets Anne Wyndham, the fiancée of a top Roundhead colonel. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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£500 REWARD! The Moonraker must be captured... DEAD OR ALIVE!

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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The film takes place in October 1651. See more »

Goofs

When The Moonraker is walking in the village (actually Lacock in Wiltshire), there are a number of modern doors on the houses to his right containing door numbers and letterboxes, neither of which existed in 1651. See more »

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The Moonraker
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Music by Laurie Johnson
Lyrics by Geoffrey Parsons
Sung by Ronnie Hilton over the Main Titles
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Splendid Swashbuckler flick based on the confrontation between Roudheads and Royalists , while successor Charles Stuart attempting to escape
2 June 2020 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The tale takes place in October 1651 , after the battles of Moor , Preston , Naseby (1845) and Worcester at the end of the Civil War , the main purport of Oliver Cromwell's (John Le Mesurier) Commonwealth is to catch Charles Stuart (Gary Raymond's film debut) . The future king's escape depends on the intrepid Earl of Dawlish (George Baker) , who as the Moonraker has already spirited away many Royalists . Dawlish journeys to the Windwhistle Inn on the south coast to prepare the getaway to France , where he meets Anne Wyndham (Silvia Syms) , girlfriend of a top Roundhead officer called Beaumont (Marius Goring) who along with other underlings as Edmund Tyler (Peter Arne) and Captain Wilcox (Patrick Troughton) pursue mercilessly to the hidden Royalist rebel . £500 REWARD! The Moonraker must be captured... DEAD OR ALIVE!

A breathtaking and overblown adventure with historical elements , including great swordplay , colorful cinematography and evocative score. Spectacular historical swashbuckling with fine acting , wonderful locations , glamorous gowns and attention to period detail . In the movie there are historic events , adventure , drama , and a love story between George Baker as The Moonraker and Sylvia Syms as Anne Wyndham who , unfortunately , results to be the fiancée of a villian Roundhead . All Actors , both , main and support cast give nice performances . Great acting by secondary players , such as : Marius Goring , Peter Arne , Gary Raymond , Clive Morton , Richard Leech , John Le Mesurier , Patrick Troughton and a young Michael Anderson Jr. The film is appropriately atmospheric with brilliant cinematography by Mutz Greenbaum and well based on real deeds . First-class production design and sets by Robert Jones are outstanding .The film includes a lively and thrilling musical score by Laurie Johnson and was competently directed by David MacDonald.

Based on historical events which created the only England Republic . The movie deals with take over from Republican government in England . Facing off between Olivier Cromwell and King determined to rid England of a tyrannical rule and an absolutist King : Charles I , it resulted in beheading of the King . There was 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's army in battles of Moor , Preston and Naseby (1645). Later on , in 1653 , he was named Lord protector of the Republic "Commomwealth" . He imposed a dictatorship ruled by Puritans and vanquished the Irish and Scottish army . Cromwell was a Puritan leader who , according to several historians carried out near genocide in Ireland . He also battled Holland and Spain . Cromwell developed a law of navigation for the British navy . He early died by fever's illness . Richard Cromwell succeeded his father as President but he was rapidly dismissed . 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.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood on the Sword See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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