Cromwell

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Overview

Alec Guinness and Richard Harris star in the 1970 historical epic Cromwell, arriving on DVD for the first time from Columbia TriStar. Presented with a widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital Surround Sound in English. Subtitles are available in English, French, Japanese, and Spanish. The only special features are trailers, but this is still a fairly decent release of a lavishly produced film.
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Overview

Alec Guinness and Richard Harris star in the 1970 historical epic Cromwell, arriving on DVD for the first time from Columbia TriStar. Presented with a widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital Surround Sound in English. Subtitles are available in English, French, Japanese, and Spanish. The only special features are trailers, but this is still a fairly decent release of a lavishly produced film.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • UPC: 043396008595
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,789

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Harris Oliver Cromwell
Alec Guinness Charles I
Robert Morley Earl of Manchester
Dorothy Tutin Queen Henrietta Maria
Frank Finlay John Carter
Timothy Dalton Prince Rupert
Charles Gray The Earl of Essex
Michael Jayston Henry Ireton
Patrick Wymark Earl of Strafford
Patrick Magee Hugh Peters
Nigel Stock Sir Edward Hyde
Richard Cornish Oliver Cromwell
Anna Cropper Ruth Carter
Michael Goodliffe Solicitor General
Jack Gwyllim General Byron
Basil Henson Hacker
Patrick Holt Capt. Lundsford
Stratford Johns President Bradshaw
Geoffrey Keen John Pym
Anthony May Richard Cromwell
Ian McCullough John Hampden
John Paul Gen. Digby
Llewellyn Rees The Speaker
Robin Stewart Prince of Wales
Andre Van Gyseghem Archbishop Riniuccini
Zena Walker Mrs. Cromwell
Douglas Wilmer Thomas Fairfax
Anthony Kemp Henry Cromwell
Stacy Dorning Mary Cromwell
Melinda Churcher Bridget Cromwell
George Merritt Old Man William
Gerald Rowland Drummer Boy
Josephine Gillick Elizabeth Cromwell
John Welsh Bishop Juxon
Patrick O'Connell John Lilburne
Bryan Pringle Trooper Hawkins
Technical Credits
Ken Hughes Director, Screenwriter
Irving Allen Producer
Frank Cordell Score Composer
Gerry Crampton Stunts
Andrew Donally Associate Producer, Producer
Ronald Harwood Screenwriter
Bill Lenny Editor
Vittorio Nino Novarese Costumes/Costume Designer
John Stoll Production Designer
Ted Sturgis Asst. Director
Arthur Taksen Set Decoration/Design
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
Bill Warrington Special Effects
Herbert Westbrook Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [3:38]
2. Why He's Leaving [4:50]
3. Seizing the Common Land [4:20]
4. The Earl of Strafford [5:59]
5. Parliament [1:55]
6. A Loan with Conditions [2:36]
7. Cromwell's Motion [3:27]
8. The Party Leaders Meet with the King [6:30]
9. The King Comes to Parliament [7:19]
10. Mustering the Troops [6:58]
11. A Parley with Roundheads [2:01]
12. The Battle Begins [13:34]
13. Naseby- June 1645 [6:55]
14. Receiving Parliament's Full Support [3:12]
15. Rupert in Oxford [4:10]
16. Sending Charles to France [4:32]
17. Under Arrest [2:13]
18. Cromwell Seizes Control of Parliament [3:15]
19. Other Games to Play [3:10]
20. "Cromwell Has Betrayed Us!" [4:01]
21. Charged with High Treason [4:13]
22. Refusing to Speak on His Behalf [4:42]
23. Guilty [1:30]
24. Farewells [5:50]
25. The King Comes to Westminster [3:47]
26. The Execution [3:36]
27. A Solemn Business [3:18]
28. Dissolving Parliament [5:24]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      Japanese
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
   Scene Selections
   Trailers
      All The Kings Men
      The Bridge on the River Kwai
      Lawrence of Arabia
      A Man For All Seasons
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    History portrayed as pure drama

    Isn't it interesting how a movie this old about events long passed can seemingly incite such feverent emotions in the reviewers? That alone should tell you that this is indeed an excellent film! It must be realized that history is ALWAYS broader and more complicated than any film or play can portray. The nature of historical films is to give us a feel for the period and an appreciation for the people and the events of their times. On that scale I believe this is one of the most outstanding historical films ever made. I wholeheartedly recommend it. The fact that the mere mention of Cromwell's name still gets some folks upset, and that this film's chief negative criticism seems to be that Cromwell is not portrayed according to the modern politically correct stereotype insisted upon by his detractors is perhaps one of the best reasons to buy this film and watch it again and again. He was truely a man who changed history and this film will give you an appreciation for the strength of his character, whether or not you agree with everything he did.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2002

    Wonderful Portrayal of this Godly man!

    Don't listen to the other reviews! This move does a wonderful job in capturing the heart of this Godly man who wrestled with his conscience in seeking the Lord's will. The movie does a splendid job in capturing the spirit of Cromwell... who was a man seeking to glorify God and not himself. It is true that some liberties have been taken with the battle scenes... but it is simply impossible to accurately portray every last detail. Most of the dialogue that is used for Cromwell in the movie is 100% accurate word for word. I would highly recommend this movie for anyone who seeks to learn more about this Godly man. I for one thanked God for his faithful service for the Lord... and wished there were more movies like 'Cromwell' for God's people to see.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Cromwell

    This is excellent movie, it gives a part of english
    history, but remember it is a movie. Being from
    an english background, it will give one a look
    into their history, that will take you to another
    step to find out more about their history.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good history. Great entertainment.

    I show this to my Social Studies students when we cover the English Civil War, and they love it. It's a commercial movie--and a well-made one--so it's more entertaining than the documentaries I usually show to my classes. Alec Guiness puts in a remarkably complex performance as Charles I. And the film is historically accurate enough that I can be confident they're learning good, sound history. I just wish it showed better how Cromwell revolutionized warfare for the period.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Story of the Father of England

    Oliver Cromwell was the driving force behind the government in England as it is today. It took a Civil War and the death of a king to make it so This film details the fighting of that war, the causes behind it and the outcome. Richard Harris is excellent as Cromwell and in his face you can see the disgust he has for the king. His stand against oppression made him a hero and one that is still venerated today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2003

    a nice movie, but not history

    Cromwell offers a pleasant, indeed, at times stirring portrayal of a story, with very strong performances by Alec Guiness and Richard Harris(as well as a young Timothy Dalton, well cast as Rupert). It stretches history, however, past the breaking point in attempting a sympathetic portrayal of Cromwell, who was at best unpleasant, and a worst, a fanatical, intolerant, self-righteous dictator.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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