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Prince And The Pauper, The (1977, Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch)



Sumptuous re-telling of the classic tale The Prince And The Pauper featuring an all-star cast. Young Tom Canty is a poor English boy who bears a remarkable resemblance to the son of King Henry VIII, Prince Edward.

When the two boys meet and discover the resemblance they plan to swap places temporarily as a prank. However, when they are separated, they are forced to live each other’s lives. Edward must find a way to prove that he is the rightful heir, while Tom, after initially enjoying the luxury of the court, yearns to escape its restrictions and return to his family.

US Title: Crossed Swords

Director: Richard Fleischer

Writers: Berta Dominguez, George MacDonald Fraser Novel: Mark Twain

production details
UK – USA | 113 minutes | 1977
Oliver Reed as Miles Hendon
Harry Andrews as Hertford
Mark Lester as Prince Edward / Tom Canty
Charlton Heston as Henry VIII
David Hemmings as Hugh Hendon
Ernest Borgnine as John Canty
George C. Scott as The Ruffler
Raquel Welch as Lady Edith
Rex Harrison as The Duke of Norfolk
Sybil Danning as Mother Canty