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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

Writer:

Jenny Mayhew
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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 ... 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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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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Sir Thomas Fairfax: I now believe that all crowns corrupt those who wear them.
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Period...More So
27 April 2004 | by blue-117See all my reviews

I read a review of the movie to the effect that it wasn't historically accurate and it had a comment (the writer must have known it was coming...) that some would argue that it was only a film (thus artistic license was sure to be taken).

What that viewer failed to see was that this film was spot on where it truly mattered - that both sides (Charles I and Cromwell) were equally and totally convinced of their 'mandate from God'.

The result for Charles was that his inability to concede any power cost him his life, the cost for Cromwell was that his 'Republic' lasted only two years after his death (although some of his decisions are still felt now especially in Ulster.)

So, if what you need is for Cromwell to have a broad West Country accent, don't go...if you enjoy films that have some intellectual depth to them, then I'd recommend it.


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Budget:

$14,300,000 (estimated)

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$567,471
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