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36 Ratings


Directed by Ken Hughes
United Kingdom, 1970
Biography, Drama, History


Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.

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Cromwell Directed by Ken Hughes

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1971 | Winner: Best Costume Design

1971 | Nominee: Best Music, Original Score

BAFTA Awards

1971 | Nominee: Best Costume Design

Golden Globes (USA)

1971 | Nominee: Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Moscow International Film Festival

1971 | Winner: Best Actor

What are people saying?

  • Eriugena82's rating of the film Cromwell

    The main problem is that it is entirely and woefully inaccurate, lionizing Cromwell as a hero. It tries to do too much and condense a long, complicated period into an overly simplistic story. Harris was intense but pretty uninspiring as Cromwell. There's a lot of shouting. For me the films greatest quality is it's visuals, although the plot is severely lacking it does a great job bringing the period to life.

  • McOpinionated's rating of the film Cromwell

    Very aged. Richard Harris is good, but Alec Guinness's Charles 1st (variable Scotch accent & occasional stammer notwithstanding) is wooden. The big battle scenes are interesting ... they would be very different nowadays. The indoor scenes and minor characters lack all the life and philosophical fervour we expect from Game of Thrones and Wolf Hall. Not good enough to be a classic.

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