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Cromwell (1970, Richard Harris, Alec Guinness)



Lavish and thoughtful biopic that charts the rise of Oliver Cromwell (Richard Harris) from passionate, Puritan patriot to lonely dictator via the battlegrounds of the Civil War and a collision with Charles I (Alec Guinness) over the thorny issue of rights: human vs divine. Memorable lead performances, handsome set pieces, Oscar-winning costumes and a stellar cast including Robert Morley, Frank Finlay and Patrick Magee help enliven the sparring ideology.

production details
UK | 139 minutes | 1970

Writer and Director: Ken Hughes

Richard Harris as Oliver Cromwell
Alec Guinness as King Charles I
Robert Morley as The Earl of Manchester
Dorothy Tutin as Queen Henrietta Maria
Frank Finlay as John Carter
Timothy Dalton as Prince Rupert
Patrick Wymark as The Earl of Strafford
Patrick Magee as Hugh Peters
Nigel Stock as Sir Edward Hyde
Charles Gray as The Earl of Essex
Michael Jayston as Henry Ireton
Michael Goodliffe as Solicitor General
Jack Gwillim as General Byron
Richard Cornish as Oliver Cromwell II
Anna Cropper as Ruth Carter