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The Prisoner of Zenda (1979)

In order to save King Rudolph of Ruritania from assassins and murderous usurpers, the kingdom hires a look-a-like London cabby to impersonate the Monarch.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Dick Clement (screenplay), Ian La Frenais (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Sellers ... Rudolf IV / Rudolf V / Syd Frewin
Lynne Frederick ... Princess Flavia
Lionel Jeffries ... General Sapt
Elke Sommer ... The Countess
Gregory Sierra ... The Count
Jeremy Kemp ... Duke Michael
Catherine Schell ... Antoinette
Simon Williams ... Fritz
Stuart Wilson ... Rupert of Hentzau
Norman Rossington ... Bruno
John Laurie ... Archbishop
Graham Stark ... Erik
Michael Balfour ... Luger
Arthur Howard Arthur Howard ... Deacon
Ian Abercrombie ... Johann
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Storyline

Anthony Hope's classic tale gets a decidedly 'un-classic' treatment at the hands of Peter Sellers. Following the story somewhat, friends of the new King Rudolph of Ruritania fear for his life, and switch him with a look-a-like London cabby. Throw in two(!) lovely blondes, treachery, and a battle for life and honour, and enjoy life at its zaniest. Written by Derek Picken <dpicken@email.msn.com>

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Taglines:

Is the cabbie the King or is the King the cabbie ? Confusion reigns in Ruritania.

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Both this film's opening titles and promotional materials for this picture boasted both first and second top billing for actor Peter Sellers, with name-above-the-title poster artwork exclaiming: "Peter Sellers & Peter Sellers". This marketing gimmick (Sellers was famous for playing multiple roles in movies as he does in this film) still exists in the DVD era with the DVD sleeve cover reading "Starring Peter Sellers and Peter Sellers". See more »

Goofs

As Peter Sellers and his entourage approach the city in this Ruritarian romantic adventure, a tank truck and two Volkswagens can be seen on the horizon. See more »

Quotes

Rudolf IV: Michael, why do you hate me so?
Duke Michael: Because you are conceited, arrogant, spineless, selfish, shallow, pity, pompous and pitiful!
Rudolf IV: But apart from that?
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Referenced in The Secret Life of Brian (2007) See more »

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Sometimes funny, but most times boring and repetitive
7 April 2019 | by marcelobongrySee all my reviews

This movie is only saved by the brilliant performance by Peter Sellers, the rest of the film are bad and repetitive jokes. Its a good film to see the genius of Sellers, but you'll have to suffer the movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Gefangene von Zenda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,425,315, 28 May 1979

Gross USA:

$7,650,600

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,650,600
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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