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The Abdication (1974)

Queen Christina of Sweden abdicates and travels to Rome to embrace the Catholic Church.


Anthony Harvey


Ruth Wolff (play), Ruth Wolff (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Peter Finch ... Cardinal Azzolino
Liv Ullmann ... Queen Kristina
Cyril Cusack ... Oxenstierna
Paul Rogers ... Altieri
Graham Crowden ... Cardinal Barberini
Michael Dunn ... The Dwarf
Kathleen Byron ... Queen Mother
Lewis Fiander ... Father Dominic
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Pinamonti
Tony Steedman ... Carranza
Noel Trevarthen ... Ginetti
Richard Cornish Richard Cornish ... Charles
James Faulkner ... Magnus de la Gardie
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Gustaf II Adolf, Christina's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franz Drago Franz Drago ... Birgito


Queen Christina of Sweden abdicates and travels to Rome to embrace the Catholic Church.

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A woman with a profane love... for a man of God. See more »


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Release Date:

3 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Abdicação de uma Rainha See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The reason why Michael Dunn appears so briefly is that he died during filming. See more »


[first lines]
Queen Kristina: I, Kristina, Sovereign of Sweden, do hereby abdicate my throne.
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Featured in Liv Ullmann scener fra et liv (1997) See more »


Christmas Song
Written by Nino Rota
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Stars and Script Fight A Spectacular Setting
19 August 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

After Greta Garbo abdicated as Queen Christina of Sweden, she caroused through Europe for a year and finally came to Rome, where she expected to be instructed in Catholicism by the Pope. Somewhere along the way, however, she had become Liv Ullman, and now had to pass Peter Finch as Cardinal Azzolino. Is she sincere?

Peter Finch plays his role as if he's Laurence Harvey: dry, repressed, intellectual and prosecutorial, while Miss Ullman dances around him, serious and light-hearted, all over the shop emotionally. It's just the sort of movie that Anthony Harvey had directed with A LION IN WINTER. If the fireworks are not as spectacular, well, neither are the lead actors as big on the screen as Hepburn and O'Toole. This pair play guarded characters who show through in flashes, and must compete not only with their own natural beauty, but the spectacular location shots. It's a movie that requires a dedicated and attentive viewer.

I can see how it must have worked sensationally as a two-actor play by Ruth Wilson. When she opened the script slightly for the big screen, did a fine job. However the results fall slightly short if the director's earlier masterpiece. It's a fine movie, but definitely not one to watch on a small screen.

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