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The Ceremony of Innocence 

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... King Ethelred
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... Sussex
... Earl of Kent
... Bishop Aelfhun
Ernest Graves ... King Sweyn
Howard Green ... Thorkill
John Horn ... Edmund
Elizabeth Hubbard ... Queen Emma
... Queen Mother Alfreda
Michael Lombard ... Abbot
Gilmer McCormick ... Princess Thulja
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12 June 1970 (USA)  »

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What if they gave a war and nobody came?
7 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

No other play better reflects the moral ambiguity of war than Ribman's Ceremony of Innocence.The drama of why we fight and why we cannot stop fighting is painfully depicted.And it poses the question:What should I do?What could I do?

Historically accurate,the play lets you be the judge of King Ethelred of England.Was he showing weakness or strength in trying to avoid war with the Danes?

Kiley is excellent as Ethelred.The pressure from those around him to go to war is tremendous but the King also realizes that unless the wars stop there will be endless killing and destruction. This movie should be required viewing for every high school student in the country.


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