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Posted September 13, 2002
A dramatic licence with history
The English Civil Wars enacted as Celebrity Death Match. Harris's Cromwell is a fanatic, whilst Guinness's Charles is drawn as a man of complex uncertainty. Both are dramatic traversties. The English Civil Wars were the result of a fundamental clash of values that determined not only the future of England, but eventually, through its political consequences, the American and French Revolutions. The weaknesses of the film are most readily revealed in the personalisation of the conflict as though it was only about the religious sensibilities of two men. The film reveals nothing about the turns of conscience that led to father fighting son, and brother opposing brother. This could so easily have been characterised in the film.
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