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The Sword And The Rose


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  • Format: DVD Region
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HCOJZO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The love story of the Princess Mary, sister to Henry VIII, and Charles Brandon, a commoner and Captain of the Guard. It is a love made difficult by considerations of state, as well as by the evil machinations of the jealous Duke of Buckingham, who himself is in love with the Princess Mary. Forced to marry the decidedly elderly King of France, despite the fact that she loves Charles Brandon, Mary extracts a promise from Henry to allow her to marry the man of her choice, the second time around. Henry so promises, little knowing what would lie ahead.

Customer Reviews

It has an outstanding British cast.
Christopher F. Nelson
This is a delightfully told story of true love that eventually triumphs.
Lawyeraau
This is a very good movie with a great plot and is not predictable.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 3, 2002
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This is an entertaining costume drama by Disney. Based upon actual historical events, though not quite historically accurate, it tells the love story of the Princess Mary, sister to Henry VIII, and Charles Brandon, a commoner and Captain of the Guard. It is a love made difficult by considerations of state, as well as by the evil machinations of the jealous Duke of Buckingham, who himself is in love with the Princess Mary. Forced to marry the decidedly elderly King of France, despite the fact that she loves Charles Brandon, Mary extracts a promise from Henry to allow her to marry the man of her choice, the second time around. Henry so promises, little knowing what would lie ahead.
Glynis Johns is perfectly charming as the outspoken and determined Princess Mary. Richard Todd is dashing as the handsome Charles Brandon with whom Mary falls in love. James Robertson Justice is a delightful Henry VIII, while Michael Gough is an unctiously evil Duke of Buckingham. This is a delightfully told story of true love that eventually triumphs. In typical Disney fashion, there are no objectionable scenes or language. A first rate production, it is a movie that is suitable for the entire family and highly entertaining.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2000
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One of the three Disney historicals with Richard Todd from late 40's/early 50's. Why can't movies be made like this nowadays? Lush cinematography, inspiring musical score, crisp and sharp acting without trying to be overly complicated or overly sophisticated. The story line is paramount here; not the special effects, the partial(full) nude copulating scenes, the need for nonstop action scenes (at expense of story line) or the totally moronic (not to mention out of place) rock music sound tracks, and other eye candy (i.e. garbage), seen/heard in movies made these days!
This movie is not for the mass viewing public but for those with some intelligence and culture. This is what cinema was always meant to be. A viewing-treasure for all time!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1999
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This is one of the most romantic movies I ever saw as a kid; before Disney movies became sappy or stupid or both. Mr. Todd is so handsome and the flirtation between, eventual love relationship with Glynis Johns is absolutely WONDERFUL. Sexy without naked bodies in contorted positions; devoid of 4-letter words and cute cartoon characters. Three cheers; please, please bring this movie back.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eugene A. Conroy on September 27, 2011
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After World War II to help get Britain on her feet, Hollywood studios were not allowed to remove profits from that country. They were "encouraged" to spend such earnings making films in the British Empire using the local talent. Rather then set up animation studios over there, Walt Disney opted to spend the cash on live action films. The first of these was "Treasure Island"(1950) which was not only profitable, but well received by the critics. His next three British productions were a swashbuckler trilogy of varying degree of popularity beginning with "The Story Of Robin Hood" (1952), "The Sword And The Rose" (1953) and "Rob Roy The Highland Rogue"(1954). All three starred British actor Richard Todd, and while "Robin Hood" was popular the other two failed to find an audience. Too bad, for "The Sword And The Rose" in particular was a magnificent film, sumptuously mounted, brilliantly acted and beautifully photographed by the legendary Geoffrey Unsworth. Had it been filmed a few years later it would have undoubtedly been done so in the widescreen process, but as is Unsworth fills every frame beautifully including some of the most realistic matte work I've ever seen.

The Sword And The Rose tells the mostly fictional story of King Henry VIII's younger sister Mary and her love affair with commoner Charles Brandon. (Yes, there was a Charles Brandon and he DID marry Mary Tudor.) While seeking passage to the new world Brandon is waylaid at the Kings court and ultimately finds himself unwittingly made Captain of the Guard through the machinations of Mary, who is smitten with the handsome Charles. What follows are a series of adventures and derring do which almost cost Charles his life, however there is much fun along the way including a charming ballroom sequence.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen Amrhein on June 25, 2012
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I'm grateful to the first reviewer for making me aware of this lovely film. I'd known about (and I own the DVDs of) the other two Richard Todd / Disney swashbucklers, "The Story of Robin Hood", and "Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue" -- and enjoy both very much. I've liked Richard Todd ever since seeing "A Man Called Peter", and being an longtime aficionado of swashbucklers, I was pleased to discover that he'd made a couple -- or, as it turns out, three!

"The Sword and the Rose" is immensely enjoyable, assuming you have an affinity for classic swashbucklers from the 1930s through 1950s. It's quiet by today's standards, and there's little actual swash (a wrestling scene at the opening and a brief rapier duel at the climax), but a compelling story with first-rate acting, humor, beautiful dialogue -- really, the words alone make the film -- and simply gorgeous costumes and cinematography (the latter by the acclaimed Geoffrey Unsworth). Just as with Errol Flynn's "Crossed Swords", the clothing here is simply a joy to behold. Frame after frame can be paused and lingered over, just for the pleasure of devouring the color and detail of the costumes.

Which is not to say the story isn't good, because it's top drawer. Just don't expect historical accuracy, which is not the point of a swashbuckler and, more often than not, would defeat it. This is the storybook Tudor era -- everybody's clean and has fine, white, straight teeth! I, for one, am glad for it!
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