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  • 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 (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TXPXBO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,329 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Boffin on February 14, 2009
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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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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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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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A light hearted Prince and Pauper [Mark Twain] story, featuring big named actors that will delight you. Unlike today's spoofy not-believable TV versions in modern expressions and are for the dim witted, this tale is worth your time. We got it for Charleston Heston's performance, and also found Rex Harrison to be his stageworthy self. A great actor.
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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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I have all the versions of Prince and the Pauper. This one is as well done as the others with its own flair.
They all are different from each other and in the totality one gets a feel for the beauty of the author.
The boys are older in this version with Mark Lester playing both sides, whereas others have twin boys
or a single boy as this version. It is a delightful story with uplifting ending.
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A fantastic, fun and totally irrelevant take on "Mark Twain's Prince and the Pauper". I loved all the performances therin but especially Oliver Reed's overblown and bombastic "Miles Hendon".
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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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