Cromwell

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1970

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Director:
Ken Hughes
Released:
1970
Rating:
G
Cromwell is a historical recount of Oliver Cromwell's uprising and overthrowing of King Charles I. Oliver Cromwell, (Richard Harris) a former member of Parliament, is now a simple magistrate and squire. Preparing to move his family to America because of the unreasonable policies of King Charles I (Alec Guinness), he finds himself in the midst of a movement to uproot the ruling party of England. As Charles needs funds to fight a war against the Scots, he calls together Parliament for the first time in almost 12 years, and they agree to provide him the money needed provided he agrees to reforms that would eventually turn England into a constitutional Monarchy. The King refuses, and before long a civil war breaks out between Charles' forces and those of Parliament, with Cromwell serving as a cavalry officer. When Parliament is ineffective, losing the battle against the king, Cromwell sets up the New Model Army, defeating him and assuming power. King Charles is found guilty and executed for treason, and Parliament proves to be similarly flawed as a governing body. After a military removal of all members of Parliament, Cromwell himself is standing alone in charge of the country he loves, with England to be forever changed. Ken Hughes directs this epic film that, although is alleged to be historically inaccurate in many ways, is a thrilling and majestic look at one of the most significant periods in the history of England. Cromwell also stars Robert Morley, Dorothy Tutin and Timothy Dalton.moreless
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