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Crossed Swords (2007)

Harry Andrews , Ernest Borgnine , Richard Fleischer  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Harry Andrews, Ernest Borgnine, Sydney Bromley, Peter Cellier, Felicity Dean
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Ernest Borgnine, George C. Scott, Charlton Heston. Released in the UK as The Prince and the Pauper , this star-studded twist on Mark Twain's classic social satire is a great flick for the whole family. When a commoner bumps into the Prince (and future King) of Wales and they decide to make a switch of clothes as a practical joke, they are unexpectedly separated and forced to take on the other's life. 1978/color/121 min/NR/fullscreen.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swords Galore February 14, 2009
By Boffin
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Nifty flick on the famous Twain twin saga. Just watched this again and realized how professional and well-thought-out it really is. Oliver Reed is great as Miles Hendon, soldier of fortune, with Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison also throwing their weight around. Good fun.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very good, so why has no one given a review yet? February 27, 2008
By M. Lee
Watched this many years ago when it first came out on tape. It's been in the collection since, and I think much underrated. Probably the title, as many don't think of this as "The Prince and the Pauper." Great cast, script, scenes, everything is absolutely topnotch in this effort to create cinema on Mark Twain's first attempt at a fictional "historical novel." You'll enjoy it if you've not yet seen it.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version of Prince and the Pauper April 9, 2008
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I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I would recommend it for adults because the vocabulary and content may be too difficult for younger viewers. Very true to book adaptation of Twain's novel - Mark Lester was excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars can't beat mark twain August 8, 2011
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another version of mark twain's "the prince & the pauper". well made, very good
cast, what's not to like. oliver reed is always a scene stealer, just like errol
flynn when he played the role.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies October 23, 2013
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I have loved this movie since I was a kid. Oliver Reed was never better as the swashbuckling and world weary Miles Hendon. He has strong support from Charlton Heston, Ernest Borgnine, David Hemmings, and the awesome George C Scott. The weakest part was changing Prince Edward from a 10 year old to an 18 year old. It seems they only made the change to have a underdeveloped and insipid love affair for the pauper. Mark Lester as a 10 year old would have been a good choice. However, he never really seems to know what to do with the characters and he has to play two.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Job! May 29, 2013
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Crossed Swords is a movie that follows the story line of the classic "The Prince and the Pauper." This version is one of the more dramatic, old English style movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting production June 29, 2014
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I found this to be a surprisingly interesting revision of that old story, The Prince and The Pauper, excellently performed by a slew of well known actors. The original was more of a child's story but this version goes well beyond that. For any one interested in such things, I recommend it. I knew the story as a child and am now in myy 80s!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Look at the Cast, Should Tell You Something March 2, 2014
By Ivanhoe
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Wonderfully made movie with American and British actor A listers Oliver Reed, Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison and George C. Scott giving their usually great performances. Raquel Welch and Felicity Dean are nice to look at.
The story is loosely based on Mark Twain's book, "The Prince and the Pauper" (it was released in Great Britain under that title), so, there is nothing new in the general story line. This story has been scripted for the big screen so many times since 1915 that some viewers are bound to think, "I've seen this before!"
It has been made for TV at least twice and once as a parody TVseries called, "Jake and Blake" filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in English but with an all latin cast. There is even a 24 minute Disney animated version with Mickey Mouse in the title role; and a 2004 animated Barbie version "The Princess and the Pauper" which went direct to video.

Through them all though, including the 1937 classic with Claude Rains and Errol Flynn, I believe this is one of the two best; the other being the 1954 version with (again, Errol Flynn) and Gina Lollobrigida.

Released in March, 1978, it was panned by critics and did not do well at the box office, presumedly as it was up against more modern blockbusters like multiple Academy Award winner "Coming Home," as well as "Gray Lady Down," An Unmarried Woman, "The Big Sleep" and Brian De Palma's "The Fury." Also in the mix was Walther Matthau in "Housecalls," Laurence Olivier in "The Betsy" and Disney's sequel "Return From Witch Mountain.

If you like Twain, adventure, or a great line-up of actors, don't miss this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice job
Published 22 hours ago by russ gaggens
4.0 out of 5 stars well done movie, great actors
I enjoy the light side of the telling of King Edward, unfortunately he only ruled for a few years. This Light side of his short life should have been what happened to him.
Published 8 months ago by George E. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Prince and Pauper
I have all the versions of Prince and the Pauper. This one is as well done as the others with its own flair. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Luke Javan
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor - not to be taken seriously
This was just terrible if you like a movie that's close to the book (The Prince and The Pauper.) Important parts were entirely changed or left out, and the ending was a farce. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kathy A. Minnich
4.0 out of 5 stars Crossed Swords
A good 1978 remake of the historically inaccurate Prince and the Pauper saved by an excellent soundtrack and stellar cast. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Joan M. Quinlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Studded Gem
This is an excellent telling of "The Prince and the Pauper" starring several of the "Oliver" motion picture cast (in fact, Oliver himself is all grown up as the main character). Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by John Paul Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Crossed
I bought this because of the stellar cast of actors and actresses in the various supporting roles. They performed as expected, and the movie is quite good for its type. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by Orieni
5.0 out of 5 stars Crossed Swords? I knew it as the Sword and the Rose
I saw this in either 1977 or 1978 at Radio City in NYC under a different title. I believe it was called the Sword and the Rose? Can anyone corroborate? Read more
Published on June 4, 2010 by Kevin J. Tremblay
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