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  • Actors: Loretta Young, Henry Wilcoxon, Ian Keith, C. Aubrey Smith, Katherine DeMille
  • Directors: Cecil B. DeMille
  • Writers: Charles Brackett, Dudley Nichols, Harold Lamb, Howard Higgin, Jeanie Macpherson
  • Producers: Cecil B. DeMille
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, HiFi Sound, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios Ho
  • VHS Release Date: March 23, 1995
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303382991
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Cecil B. DeMille has always been an unfairly regarded Producer and Director with the majority of his work dismissed as lavish hokum with no real value as cinema art. I believe that is a very unfair judgement on the man who really made the "Epic Production", his own in a long series of films stretching from the silent era right through to the mid 1950's. His role call of magnificent cinematic efforts is in my opinion an illustrious record and none shines better from that list than his lavish production of 1935, Paramount's "The Crusades" starring Loretta Young and DeMille regular Henry Wilcoxon.
Judged as hopeless history and romantic froth I appreciate this wonderful film from the point of view of its romantic story, terrific recreation of medieval times, costumes and superbly staged battle scenes,pagentry, and respectful dialogue that never once really belittles the serious and dark times this story is set in. "The Crusades", focuses in actual fact loosely on the third crusade that involved most of the major powers of Europe in a joint struggle to try and free the Holy Land from the clutches of the dreaded Saracens. The central story of the film while certainly fictionalised, is nevertheless well told and deals with King Richard (the Lion Hearted)of England who to avoid an unwelcome marriage to the Princess Alice (Katherine DeMille) of France and spurred on by a determined hermit (C. Aubrey Smith in a terrific performance) who is instilling the fighting spirit in all the countries of Christendom, takes up the sword to lead the crusade to the Holy Land. On the journey in order to feed his starving men he reluctantly agrees to a sham marriage with Berengaria, Princess of Navarre.
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I rented this movie because my three-year-old nephew has a fascination with suits of armor, but I came away a fan myself! Henry Wilcoxin makes a great Richard, a young Richard who only goes on crusade to evade one arranged marriage, and then enters into another only to gain cattle for his band of soldiers. The movie concerns how Richard slowly comes to respect marriage and to understand "the true meaning" of the crusades, but only at the ultimate cost for his pride and his heart. Of course, I think anyone would come to respect marriage pretty darn quick if they learned the lady in question was Loretta Young, resplendent in her blond wig. She turns in an undated performance as a woman who loves one man but appreciates another, in this case a sexy Saracen who knows how to compliiment women. One of my other favorite characters was The Hermit aka The Holy Man, played by C.Aubrey Smith. I especially liked his staff, which has a rather unique crucifix carved into it. The Hermit is probably the bravest character in the movie, defying the Saracens even though it eventually costs him his life. And of course, then there are the lusty battle scenes, replete with boiling oil and flaming catapults. So, if you want to watch an excellent old spectacle, you won't be sorry to go on this "Crusade" with Wilcoxin and Young.
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By M. Ferrer on February 3, 2004
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I know that many critics or fans will not be agree, but I think this is the best film by mr. De Mille. It is real cinema. The cast is terrific. Not only Loretta Young or that gorgeous Henry Wilcoxon, but C. Aubrey Smith, funny Alan Hale and so on.
De Mille knew how to create tension, but also intimate scenes. True that from an historic point of view is not a very good film. but the spirit is there. The spirit of what a film must be.
Today when epic films are so "in", I recommend to some directors to watch films like this. He was a craftsman who needed few special effects to make a film interesting. And spent no time in long , boring speeches or interpretations to make the audience connect with his heroes.
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By A Customer on November 19, 2001
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A holy man known as The Hermit arouses all the kings and princes of medieval Europe in a crusade to wrest the dominion of Jerusalem and the Holy Sepulchre from the Saracens. Richard the Lion-Hearted, King of England, having spurned the French princess Alice, accepts betrothal to Berengaria, whom he has never seen, in return fo subsistence for the Crusade, and she is formally married to his sword..................Synonymous always with all that the name DeMille stands for in relation to mighty, colourful pageantry and spectacle, massive settings and accoutrements, it tells a story of several of the early crusades. In 1935, DeMille was peerless in bringing the panoplied splendour of the past into torrential life upon the screen. As a picture, THE CRUSADES is historically worthless, didactically treacherous, artistically absurd. But none of those defects impaired its entertainment value. There are three main features which distinguished it from previous DeMille dillies: It was the noisiest, the biggest AND it had no bath scenes! As a footnote, Loretta Young was pregnant here with her daughter by Clark Gable, Judy Lewis; they had an affair during the making of CALL OF THE WILD earlier that year - the results of the affair was one of Hollywood's best-kept secrets.
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