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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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Trivia

The role of Tom Brown was offered to Gerry Sundquist, but he had to refuse, as he had no equity card at the time of the offer. See more »

Goofs

At around 48 minutes, as Flashman and Rudi enter Strackenz, one of the cheering crowd of townspeople can be seen to pull out a compact camera and take a photograph of the procession, before resuming cheering. 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

Spoofs The Prisoner of Zenda (1922) See more »

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Pomp and Circumstance
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Music by Edward Elgar
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Captures the spirit of the most underrated novel series ever.
9 October 1999 | by Flinx-2See all my reviews

This is a fun flick. I've always liked the humorous fighting style that director Richard Lester brings to his films (The Three Musketeers/Superman I and II/Robin and Marion). This rollicking tale has a dash of that as well as the comic timing of Malcolm McDowell and the grandiose aspirations to rip off "The Prisoner of Zenda" in roundabout fashion.

Royal Flash is an adaptation of the second novel of George MacDonald Frasier's hilarious historical fiction series about the 19th century British officer Harry Flashman, an admitted rogue and coward who always seems to end up smelling like roses. By placing Flashman in settings right out of history and populating his stories with real historical figures Mr Frasier has found the perfect way to inform as he entertains.

The film follows Flashman from a torrid affair with the sadistic Lola Montez to a chance meeting with Otto von Bismark before sending him on a wild journey to a small European province where he's forced to imitate a prince and marry a princess and...

Royal Flash is a good movie and I wish it had reached a wider audience so that I could have seen more of Harry Flashman on the screen. It is one of the weaker novels in the series, but plays well on film. McDowell is a perfect fit and the great Oliver Reed makes a convincing and intimidating Bismark.

8.5 out of 10, but I'm admittedly biased. Seek out the movie, then read the books. Or vice-versa. You won't be disappointed.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 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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Mono

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Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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