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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.

Director:

Mike Barker

Writer:

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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A királyt megölni... 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The execution of King Charles I was filmed on the exact same day the actual execution took place some three hundred years earlier. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sir Thomas Fairfax: I now believe that all crowns corrupt those who wear them.
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Enjoyable History Lesson
2 October 2003 | by themarina1See all my reviews

I'm not very familiar with this period and this particular story but one thing I can say is that the film was very enjoyable. The story is fascinating to begin but the acting truly adds to the experience. Outstanding! Dougray Scott's portrayal of General Thomas Fairfax, a man torn between the love of his wife and that of his the country, is amazing to watch. To add to the pile, Tim Roth is worthy of an oscar nomination for his role as Oliver Cromwell, an army man that allows power and greed to send his dreams and beliefs and actions askew. I think there are some Oscar worthy performances here. Well worth watching.


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