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Royal Flash (1975)

Ne'er-do-well Captain Harry Flashman (Malcolm McDowell) is coerced by Otto Von Bismarck (Oliver Reed) into impersonating a Prince.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

George MacDonald Fraser (screenplay), George MacDonald Fraser (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... Captain Harry Flashman
Alan Bates ... Rudi Von Sternberg
Florinda Bolkan ... Lola Montez
Oliver Reed ... Otto Von Bismarck
Tom Bell ... De Gautet
Joss Ackland ... Sapten
Christopher Cazenove ... Eric Hansen
Henry Cooper ... John Gully, M.P.
Lionel Jeffries ... Kraftstein
Alastair Sim ... Mr. Greig
Michael Hordern ... Headmaster
Britt Ekland ... Duchess Irma
Richard Pearson ... Duchy Chamberlain
Alan Howard ... Duchy Chamberlain
Bob Hoskins ... Police Constable
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Storyline

Captain Harry Flashman (Malcolm McDowell) of the British Army is a cad, a coward, and a lecher who always seems to come off inadvertently heroic. While romancing renowned courtesan Lola Montez (Florinda Bolkan), Harry is recruited against his will by Otto Von Bismarck (Oliver Reed) to substitute for a look-a-like Prussian Prince ostensibly in order to help Bismarck enlarge his hold over German duchies. But Bismarck has something more sinister in mind for Harry and the Prince. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The greatest swordsman of them all! See more »


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El cobarde heroico See more »

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Budget:

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

Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene in the throne room, just after the wedding, the U.S. Ambassador is introduced as "Cassius Clay". That is the birth name of boxer Muhammad Ali who defeated boxer Henry Cooper, the man who played John Gully, M.P. Muhammad Ali was named Cassius Clay at birth, after his father who had been named after another Cassius Clay, who had been a famous Kentucky politician and anti-slavery activist in the mid nineteenth century, and was later named Ambassador to Russia by President Abraham Lincoln. See more »

Goofs

The music playing in the gambling club near the beginning of the film is by Scott Joplin and was written in 1901: the events of the film take place in 1848. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harry Flashman: So, the last thing I have to tell you young fellows is this: play up and play the game, honor your queen and country, mind what your masters tell you, say your prayers each night, keep your minds and your bodies clean, take a cold bath each day, and you'll find you can always look the world in the eye like an English gentleman.
[audience members concurs, muttering "Here, here"]
Harry Flashman: Now my lads, I'm just a simple soldier.
[Audience members murmer objections and so does the headmaster]
Harry Flashman: Yes...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Superman III (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.40 in G Minor
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Ken Thorne
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Great DVD - a must buy for fans of Flashman
8 February 2008 | by oldchinaSee all my reviews

First and foremost- This movie is enormous fun.

If you're a fan of the books (as I am - and if you're not then I heartily recommend them) then this film admirably captures the sense of fun and adventure that the books have. It has a lot of slap stick in it which doesn't necessarily translate well from the books, but it does capture a sense of (for lack of a better term) light-hearted love of fun that is pure seventies and just would not and could not be replicated now. Cinema just isn't in the right frame of mind for this anymore. It's either too serious or too dumb but it couldn't achieve this in it's wildest dreams in these morose joyless days.

Malcolm McDowell is young and at the top of his game as his charismatic persona in "A Clockwork Orange". Olly Reed is pure, toe cringing (but love-him-really) badness as Otto Von Bismark. There's so much comedy but there are also scenes where your swashes will never be so buckled! Don't expect a Citizen Kane or anything even remotely close, just sit back and enjoy a classic "Saturday afternoon" romp (and never has a word been so well used) through a classic Flashman story- great baddies, exotic foreign locales and wenches ripe for Flash's advances! Enormous fun if you approach it in the right frame of mind- it will leave you shouting HUZZAR!


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