Cromwell (movie)

Cromwell is a British historical film directed by Ken Hughes , released in 1970 .


In 1640 Oliver Cromwell , a Puritan member of Parliament , worries about the injustices committed during the reign of Charles I and fears that Queen Henriette Marie , a Catholic, is pushing her husband to change the rites of the Church of England . After Charles I sent his troops inside the parliament to take control, Cromwell and his friends accuse him of treason. A civil war broke out between the Round Heads , partisans of Parliament, and the Cavaliers , partisans of the king. After the Battle of Edgehill, lost by the Round Heads, Cromwell decides to train troops (New Model Army), who win the battle of Naseby (1645). The Queen and the Prince of Wales fled to France, while Charles I sought military support from the Irish, Scots and French, with the support of the Vatican. Denounced, he is taken and tried before Parliament. In January 1649 , Charles was convicted by Parliament and beheaded. Cromwell then proclaimed the end of the monarchy and the beginning of the Commonwealth, surrendered all powers to Parliament, and retired to his lands. But in the face of anarchy and the divisions that undermine Parliament, he returns to Londonforcibly dissolves Parliament, and alone seizes power to impose its ideas of justice and progress for the country. The last picture celebrates him as Lord Protector of the country.

Technical sheet

  • Original title: Cromwell
  • Director and screenplay: Ken Hughes
  • Director (second team): Harold F. Kress
  • Artistic direction: Herbert Westbrook
  • Sets: John Stoll
  • Set decorations: Arthur Taksen
  • Costumes: Vittorio Nino Novarese
  • Photo: Geoffrey Unsworth and Wilkie Cooper (second team)
  • Sound: The Hammond , Alfred Cox
  • Editing: Bill Lenny
  • Music and Musical Direction: Frank Cordell
  • Production: Irving Allen
  • Associated production: Andrew Donally
  • Production Company: Irving Allen Productions , Columbia Pictures
  • Distribution Company:
    •   : Columbia Pictures
    •  : Warner-Columbia Movie
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Original language: English
  • Format: Color ( Technicolor ) – 70 mm – 2,20: 1 ( Panavision ) – Stereo sound
  • Genre : Historical Movie
  • Duration: 139 minutes
  • Release dates:
    •  United Kingdom :
    •  France :


  • Richard Harris (VF: William Sabatier ) : Oliver Cromwell
  • Alec Guinness (VF: Gabriel Cattand ) : Charles st of England
  • Robert Morley : Earl of Manchester
  • Dorothy Tutin  (in) : Henrietta Maria of France
  • Frank Finlay (VF: serge sauvion ) : John Carter  (in)
  • Timothy Dalton (VF: Bernard Murat ) : Prince Rupert of the Rhine
  • Patrick Wymark (VF: Yves Brainville ) : Earl of Strafford
  • Patrick Magee : Hugh Peter  (en)
  • Nigel Stock : Sir Edward Hyde
  • Charles Gray (VF: Louis Arbessier ) : Lord Essex
  • Michael Jayston (VF: Jacques Thebault ) : Henry Ireton
  • Richard Cornish : Oliver Cromwell II
  • Anna Cropper  ( VF: Béatrice Delfe ) : Ruth Carter
  • Michael Goodliffe : General Counsel
  • Jack Gwillim : John Byron  (en)
  • Basil Henson  (in) : Francis Hacker  (en)
  • Patrick Holt : Captain Lundsford
  • Stratford Johns  (in) : President Bradshaw
  • Geoffrey Keen (VF: Jean Berger ) : John Pym
  • Anthony May  (in) : Richard Cromwell
  • Ian McCulloch : John Hampden  (en)
  • Patrick O’Connell : John Lilburne
  • John Paul : George Digby
  • Llewellyn Rees  (en) : Lord Speaker
  • Robin Stewart  (in) : Prince of Wales
  • George Merritt : William
  • Victor Maddern (uncredited): Executioner



  • Oscars 1971 : Oscar for Best Costume Design for Vittorio Nino Novarese
  • Moscow International Film Festival 1971 : Best Actor for Richard Harris


  • Oscars 1971 : Frank Cordell for the Oscar for Best Original Music
  • Golden Globes 1971 : Frank Cordell for the Golden Globe for Best Movie Music
  • BAFTA 1971 : Vittorio Nino Novarese for the British Academy Film Award for Best Costumes
  • Moscow International Film Festival 1971 : film in competition

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