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Crossed Swords (1977)

The Prince and the Pauper (original title)
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A poor boy and the Prince of Wales exchange identities, but events force the pair to experience each other's lives as well.

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Richard Fleischer

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Berta Domínguez D. (original screenplay) (as Berta Dominguez D.), Pierre Spengler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Miles Hendon
Raquel Welch ... Lady Edith
Mark Lester ... Edward / Tom
Ernest Borgnine ... John Canty
George C. Scott ... Ruffler
Rex Harrison ... The Duke of Norfolk
David Hemmings ... Hugh Hendon
Harry Andrews ... Hertford
Julian Orchard ... St.John
Murray Melvin ... Prince's Dresser
Lalla Ward ... Princess Elizabeth
Felicity Dean ... Lady Jane
Sybil Danning ... Mother Canty
Graham Stark ... Jester
Preston Lockwood Preston Lockwood ... Father Andrew
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Storyline

Tom Canty is a poor English boy who bears a remarkable resemblance to Edward, Prince of Wales and son of King Henry VIII. The two boys meet and decide to play a joke on the court by dressing in each other's clothes, but the plan goes awry when they are separated and each must live the other's life. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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Another rollicking adventure from the creators of The Three Musketeers.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crossed Swords See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Charlton Heston, Raquel Welch, Oliver Reed, and Sybil Danning also appeared together in two previous Alexander Salkind and Ilya Salkind productions, The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974). All three films were also written by George MacDonald Fraser, and produced by Pierre Spengler. See more »

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Tom Canty and Prince Edward were supposed to eight years old but Mark Lester was eighteen when he played the dual roles. See more »

Quotes

Tom Canty: If you think the food may be poisoned, why not feed it to a dog, or a plumber?
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Perfect Sunday afternoon family entertainment
11 May 2005 | by James ByrneSee all my reviews

The major stumbling block in this all-star version of Mark Twain's classic children's story is Mark Lester, he just does not convince as a begging urchin, he lacks the street-wise cunning of a young man who has been dragged up, beaten up and abused by his monster of a father. There is no disguising his cultured and well-spoken dialect when attempting the pauper's lower class diction, and the Harpo Marx hairstyle doesn't help his cause. Charlton Heston, the only American actor ever to play King Henry VIII, gives a towering performance as the gout-ridden Tudor monarch and completely dominates every scene he is in. Oliver Reed is great as Miles Hendon, and proves to be a rollicking good swashbuckler in his clash with fellow British 60's hell-raiser David Hemmings.(It's sad when viewing GLADIATOR and seeing what twenty years of hell-raising did to these two talented actors). Coincidentally, Errol Flynn, the daddy of all hell-raisers, made a better version of THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER in the 30's, and also a terrible turkey called CROSSED SWORDS, which was the American title used for this film in 1978. What this version has over all the others is the marvellous supporting cast, not just Rex Harrison, George C. Scott and Ernest Borgnine (who is frightening as the pauper's father) but the excellent British character actors who keep cropping up in the minor roles. Michael Ripper, veteran of countless Hammer horrors, does a fine turn as the servant of Raquel Welch; Ripper also appeared in the very good Walt Disney 1962 version of this tale, as a broom merchant. THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER is excellent family entertainment, the sets and costumes are superb, and this movie may inspire younger viewers to pick up and read the wonderful Mark Twain classic story.


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