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Royal Flash (1975)

Ne'er-do-well Harry Flashman is coerced by Otto von Bismark 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 ... Dutchess Irma
Richard Pearson Richard Pearson ... Duchy Chamberlain
Alan Howland Alan Howland ... Duchy Chamberlain
Bob Hoskins ... Police Constable
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Storyline

Captain Harry Flashman 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 Montes, Harry is recruited against his will by Otto von Bismarck to substitute for a lookalike Prussian prince ostensibly in order to help Bismarck enlarge his hold over German duchies. But Bismarck has something more sinister in mind for both Harry and the prince. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Lola was first offered to Brigitte Bardot. See more »

Goofs

At c.47 minutes Flashman strikes a red ball with his cue. However, in all variants of billiards the cue-ball is white. 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

Fantasy Overture: Romeo and Juliet
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged by Ken Thorne
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Flash Harry to the ... rescue?
18 July 2005 | by jpaulgagenSee all my reviews

A lot of the humour in the Flashman novels is based on the discrepancy between how Harry Flashman appears and what he's actually thinking. As a result the filmmakers have had to make some adjustments to how Harry is played to bring our more of his innate cowardliness, lechery, thieving, and being an all round bad egg to the surface. I believe that the filmmakers have got the balance right and fully enjoyed this adaption of the Flashman papers.

The screenplay is a fairly faithful adaption of the original novel, which can be expected when the author is also wrote the screenplay. Malcolm McDowell and Oliver Reed give fine performances in the central roles, with the supporting cast ranging from excellent (Henry Cooper) to bland (Britt Ekland).

Bags of fun, but not to be taken seriously.


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