Prince and the Pauper

Prince and the Pauper

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Director: Richard Fleischer

Cast: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Mark Lester

     
 

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A poor commoner and a young prince each find out how the other half lives in this adventure story based on the classic tale by Mark Twain. Tom Canty (Mark Lester) is a young man from a laboring family who bears a striking resemblance to Prince Edward (also played by Lester), the son of King Henry VIII (Charlton Heston) and heir to his throne. Tom and Edward meet by… See more details below

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A poor commoner and a young prince each find out how the other half lives in this adventure story based on the classic tale by Mark Twain. Tom Canty (Mark Lester) is a young man from a laboring family who bears a striking resemblance to Prince Edward (also played by Lester), the son of King Henry VIII (Charlton Heston) and heir to his throne. Tom and Edward meet by chance, and they decide to exchange places briefly as a lark; Edward will get to live as an ordinary boy, and Tom will be able to enjoy the perks of royalty. But the two are separated before they can let everyone in on the joke, and Tom discovers as he pretends to be Price Edward that the castle is awash in corruption. Originally released as Crossed Swords, The Prince and the Pauper also features Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, George C. Scott, and Rex Harrison.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Whatever its flaws, The Prince and the Pauper is certainly a lavish and visually stylish adaptation of the Mark Twain classic. The sets and costumes are quite eye-catching, and Jack Cardiff has photographed the proceedings to take advantage of every opportunity to show them and the cast off. And quite a few members of that cast are well worth showing off. Even if Oliver Reed could perhaps have benefited from at least a hint of a sense of humor, the intensity that he brings to his role is still quite impressive. Raquel Welch has rarely looked better; what's surprising is that she has also rarely acted better, turning in a delightful performance with more depth to it than usual. Ernest Borgnine and George C. Scott chew up the scenery in a most delightful manner, and Rex Harrison is dry, wry and commanding. On the other hand, Charlton Heston is a bit too broad (and American) as Henry VIII and David Hemmings is a bit too one-note as the villain in a role that requires at least a modicum of Basil Rathbone-like charm. Much more problematic is Mark Lester in the title roles. He's too old for the parts, and while he seems to be trying to act young, his physical presence works against him. In addition, it's an awkward and unconvincing pair of performances; if his Prince just barely passes muster, his Pauper falls far short of the mark. He's not helped by the lackluster direction of Richard Fleischer, which lacks the imagination that is required. Fleischer's work here is literal-minded when what is required is flamboyance. The Prince and the Pauper survives the direction and the miscasting, but these deficits do drag it down.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/1998
UPC:
0013131048636
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
PG
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Oliver Reed Miles Hendon
Raquel Welch Edith
Mark Lester Tom Canty/Prince Edward
Ernest Borgnine John Canty
George C. Scott The Ruffler
Rex Harrison Norfolk
David Hemmings Hugh Hendon
Charlton Heston Henry VIII
Harry Andrews Hertford
Murray Melvin The Prince's Dresser
Sybil Danning Mother Canty
Felicity Dean Lady Jane
Lalla Ward Princess Elizabeth
Julian Orchard St. John
Graham Stark Jester
Sydney Bromley Peasant
Peter Cellier Mean Man
Roy Evans Night Owl
Harry Fowler Nipper
Don Henderson Burly Ruffian
Arthur Hewlett Fat Man
Richard Hurndall Cranmer
William Lawford Mandrake
Preston Lockwood Father Andrew
Andrew Lodge Capt. of the Guard
Ruth Madoc Moll
Dan Meaden 1st Guard
Peter O'Farrell Linklight
Michael Ripper Edith's Servant
Anthony Sharp Dr. Buttes
Dudley Sutton Hodge
Dervis Ward Forester
Tommy Wright Constable

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Roy Charman Sound/Sound Designer
Berta Dominguez Screenwriter
George MacDonald Fraser Screenwriter
Sally Gilpin Choreography
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Score Composer
Judy Moorcraft Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Tony Pratt Production Designer
Ilya Salkind Producer
Ulla-Britt Soderlund Costumes/Costume Designer
Pierre Spengler Producer,Screenwriter
Berta Dominquez Spengler Screenwriter
Mark Twain Source Author
Ernest Walter Editor
Nigel Wooll Asst. Director

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