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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Miles Hendon
... Lady Edith
... Edward / Tom
... John Canty
... Ruffler
... The Duke of Norfolk
... Hugh Hendon
... Hertford
... St.John
... Prince's Dresser
... Princess Elizabeth
Felicity Dean ... Lady Jane
... Mother Canty
... Jester
Preston Lockwood ... Father Andrew
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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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17 March 1978 (USA)  »

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Crossed Swords  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Charlton Heston, born 1923, was aged approximately 53-54 at the time of production, almost the exact age of King Henry VIII in the last year of his life, 54-55 (died January 1547, aged 55 years, 6 months). See more »

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After Miles Hendon fights with John Canty & his neighbours, Hendon lies apparently dead on the ground. One of Canty's neighbours warns Canty: "...The police'll beat on ye, even if no one else does..." The term "police" did not exist in England until the eighteenth century. See more »

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Tom Canty: If you think the food may be poisoned, why not feed it to a dog, or a plumber?
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Woth watching, but never quite takes off
21 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong I loved this film as a kid, but after revisiting it after five or six years, it didn't quite gel for me. Of course the sets, costumes and cinematography are superb, and the score is rousing enough. And the story is delightful, despite the fact it has been done to death so many times, while there is some great acting from Oliver Reed, Rex Harrison, George C. Scott and especially Ernest Borgnine in very meaty roles. However, despite all the extravagance and the fine acting from the supporting cast, there are shortcomings. Mark Lester is very unconvincing in the lead double role, while Raquel Welch looks alluring but she is left with little to work with. The direction never feels solid enough, while the pacing is uneven and the action like the direction lacks solidity. Overall, disappointing but worthwhile film adaptation. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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