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To Kill a King (2003)

Not Rated | | Biography , Drama , History | 2003 (USA)
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A recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I.

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Mike Barker

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Jenny Mayhew
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Oliver Cromwell
Dougray Scott ... Sir Thomas Fairfax
Olivia Williams ... Lady Anne Fairfax
James Bolam ... Denzil Holles
Corin Redgrave ... Lord de Vere
Finbar Lynch ... Cousin Henry
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... James
Adrian Scarborough ... Sergeant Joyce
Jeremy Swift ... Earl of Whitby
Rupert Everett ... King Charles I
Steven Webb ... Boy at Naseby
Jake Nightingale Jake Nightingale ... Colonel Pride
Leonard Woodcock ... Young Royalist prisoner
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ... Messenger at Naseby
Sam Spruell ... King's guard
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A recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I.

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If power is a game, the only way to win is to change the rules See more »


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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

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2003 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£59,701 (United Kingdom), 18 May 2003, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Rupert Everett studied Alec Guinness playing the same character (King Charles I) in the film Cromwell (1970) and used Guinness' way of portraying the stuttering of the king as basis for his own performance. See more »

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In the opening sequence, Fairfax shoots the sword out of the hand of Cromwell's assassin with a flintlock pistol at about 30 yards range. Such pistols had no rifling at that period and were incapable of nowhere near such accuracy, even in the hands of an expert. To shoot at that range Fairfax would have been more likely to have hit the assassin. Also the bullet struck sparks from the sword hilt when it hit. This is impossible as the bullet would have been a soft lead ball and incapable of creating a spark. See more »

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[first lines]
Sir Thomas Fairfax: I now believe that all crowns corrupt those who wear them.
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Decent historical flick based on the confrontation which originated the first and only one England Republic
30 June 2004 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film centers about Olivier Cromwell (Tim Roth) and Thomas Fairfaix (Dougray Scott). This interesting picture results to be a recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I . As Cromwell took over Parliament and taking on king Charles I (Rupert Everett). Then were created two factions : the Roundheads (Cromwell's congressmen) and Cavaliers or Royalists (King's nobility) , both sides had generals of considerable skill and undaunted courage as Thomas Farfaix . Cromwell defeated royal army in battles of Moor , Preston and Naseby (1645). Later on , in 1653 , he was named Lord protector of "Commomwealth" Republic . He imposed a dictatorship ruled by puritans and vanquished the Irish and Scottish army . He also fights against Holland and Spain . Cromwell developed a law of navigation for the British navy . He early died by fevers's illness . Richard Cromwell succeeded his father as President but he was rapidly dismissed .

A general of the Republic army and professional soldier named Thomas Farfaix commands the troops as Parliamentary commander-in-chief . His misunderstanding with Cromwell originates his desertion . Duration Republic was since 1648 to 1660 . Charles II went back to British kingdom and the regicides (those who had condemned Charles I to death) were arrested and hanged , drawn and quartered at Charing Cross . The Cromwell's body was disinterred , and his remains were hung from a scaffold.

The main cast formed by Tim Roth , Dougray Scott , Rupert Everett and Olivia Williams as Lady Farfaix give excellent performances in this historic tale . The movie is very atmospheric with a first rate set design and splendid scenarios . Good direction by Mike Barber , colorful cinematography and evocative musical score . The motion picture will appeal to history's buffs. Rating : 6,5 / 10 . Better than average .


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