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Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948)

Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948)

Bonnie Prince Charlie




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In one of his rare visits to his home turf, British actor David Niven essayed the title role in Bonnie Prince Charlie. The film's principal challenge was to transform 18th-century Scottish Prince Charles into a sympathetic character, which, patriotism aside, he most decidedly was not in real life. The court-intrigue scenes are the weakest aspect of the film; the strongest moments take place on the battlefield, where Charles "the pretender" and his followers face down the battalions of King George II (Martin Miller). Even in defeat, Charles is the victor, successfully eluding his British pursuers and escaping to France. Filmed in Technicolor at a cost of $4 million, Bonnie Prince Charlie fell with a thud when it premiered at a kidney-busting 140 minutes. Subsequent reissues were cut by as many as 40 minutes, and some were economically reprocessed in black-and-white. Thanks to constant exposure on American television, this notorious flop finally posted a profit in the late 1950s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
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David Niven
as Bonnie Prince Charli...
Margaret Leighton
as Flora MacDonald
John Laurie
as Blind Jamie
Judy Campbell
as Clementine Walkinsha...
Henry Oscar
as James II
Finlay Currie
as Marquis of Tullibard...
Jack Hawkins
as Lord George Murray
Guy le Feuvre
as Cameron of Lochiel
Franklin Dyall
as Macdonald
Herbert Lomas
as Kinloch Moidart
Ronald Adam
as Macleod
Stuart Lindsell
as MacDonald of Apridal...
John Longden
as Capt. O'Sullivan
Hector Ross
as Glenalandale
Martin Miller
as George II
Elwyn Brook-Jones
as Duke of Cumberland
G.H. Mulcaster
as Duke of Newcastle
Charles Goldner
as Capt. Ferguson
Julien Mitchell
as Gen. Cope
James Hayter
as Kingsburgh
Simon Lack
as Young Alan of Moidar...
Hugh Kelly
as Lt. Ingleby
Anthony Holles
as Col. Warren
Louise Gainsborough
as Madame d'Epoiles
Bill Allison
as Sir Francis Strickla...
Nell Ballantyne
as Mrs. Kingsburgh
Charles Cullum
as Sir John MacDonald
Mark Daly
as Ian MacQueen
Jane Gill Davies
as Lady Graham
Edward Lexy
as Lachlan
John Rae
as Duncan
Bruce Seton
as Allan Macrae
Kenneth Warrington
as Staff officer
Tom Duggan
as Clanranald
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