To Kill a King (2003)

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British filmmaker Mike Barker directs the political costume-drama To Kill a King. Set in 1645 at the end of the English Civil War, General Thomas Fairfax (Dougray Scott) celebrates the victory with his right-hand man Oliver Cromwell (Tim Roth). While, King Charles I (Rupert Everett) is held prisoner, he appeals to the sensibilities of Fairfax's wife, Lady Anne (Olivia Williams). The old friends disagree over what to do about the king; Fairfax is willing to compromise and Cromwell is far more … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Jenny Mayhew
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 26, 2008
Runtime:
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Cast


as Oliver Cromwell

as Sir Thomas Fairfax

as King Charles I

as Lady Anne Fairfax

as Lord de Vere

as Denzil Holles

as Cousin Henry

as Sgt. Joyce

as Earl of Whitby

as Boy at Naseby

as Colonel Pride

as Young Royalist Priso...

as Messenger at Naseby

as King's Guard
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Critic Reviews for To Kill a King

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Eye for Film

Full Review… | June 18, 2003
Empire Magazine

Full Review… | June 18, 2003
BBC.com

Full Review… | June 18, 2012
Sight and Sound

Full Review… | November 9, 2011

Audience Reviews for To Kill a King

½

I enjoy English history. I am always looking for a well acted, good story, that has been put together well. I felt that this movie was almost that. It seemed to lack that certain something, though, that made it really good. Not enough drama. Not enough action (definitely not). All in all, however, I found it interesting...

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

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½

[font=Century Gothic]"To Kill a King" starts in 1645 as the English Civil War between the royalist forces defending King Charles I(Rupert Everett) and rebel forces favoring Parliament is finally winding down with the latter being victorious. Despite that, Oliver Cromwell(Tim Roth) still has to save his comrade in arms Lord Fairfax(Dougray Scott) from an assassin. All that is left to do is to have the king sign a treaty, allowing reforms to kick in. But he is not beaten yet, bribing Holles(James Bolam), the leader of Parliament, to win a vote, thereby angering Cromwell and Fairfax no end...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]With too much ground to cover with a limited budget, "To Kill a King" is a shallow and dry treatment of an important bit of history that errs by focusing primarily on the relationship between Cromwell and Fairfax(and also a lot on Fairfax and his wife Anne(Olivia Williams)) without giving any insight into whether Cromwell actually believed his rhetoric on reform or was just power mad. What may have worked would have been a focus on one particular moment, say the debate concerning the execution of the king and everything that would imply. As revolutions go, this one went too far(so many unnecessary deaths) and not far enough(no real reforms). Anyway, the reforms that Parliament was calling for would come in effect peacefully in 1688.[/font]

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Walter M.

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½

Despite the brilliant cast I couldn't really enjoy this movie. The subject of this movie wasn't anything that I had an interest in, but I watched it for the potential.

Hamee
Heather Metzger

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