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Fire Over England (1937)





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The war between England and Spain in the late 16th century serves as backdrop for the fictional machinations of Fire Over England. Laurence Olivier plays a British naval officer who offers his services to Queen Elizabeth (Flora Robson) after his father is executed by the Spaniards. The queen dispatches Olivier to the court of Spain, there to determine which of her courtiers are actually spies for King Philip (Raymond Massey). Working under cover, Olivier learns that the Spaniards intend to send an armada to decimate the British navy. Barely escaping with his life, Olivier relays this information to his queen and also dispatches the traitors in her midst. Cast as one of Elizabeth's ladies-in-waiting, Vivien Leigh appears in the role that brought her to the attention of Gone With the Wind producer David O. Selznick. Directed by Hollywood's William K. Howard, Fire Over England was based on a novel by A.E.W. Mason of Four Feathers fame. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance
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Written By: A.E.W. Mason, Clemence Dane
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On DVD: Mar 10, 1998
United Artists - Official Site


Laurence Olivier
as Michael Ingolby
Vivien Leigh
as Cynthia
Flora Robson
as Elizabeth I
Leslie Banks
as Earl of Leicester
Morton Selten
as Burleigh
Raymond Massey
as Philip of Spain
Lyn Harding
as Sir Richard
Henry Oscar
as Spanish Ambassador
Robert Rendel
as Don Miguel
Robert Newton
as Don Pedro
Donald Calthrop
as Don Escobal
Charles Carson
as Admiral Valdez
Howard Douglas
as Lord Amberley
Lawrence Hanray
as French Ambassador
Herbert Lomas
as Richard Ingolby
Evelyn Ankers
as Bit Part
James Mason
as Hillary Vane
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Critic Reviews for Fire Over England

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August 12, 2005

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Audience Reviews for Fire Over England


Solid historical drama with the added attraction of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh at the height of their beauty.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

"there'll always be an england! the sun'll never set on the british empire!" rah, rah, blah, blah. patriotic p.r. for the WWll generation.
james mason in an uncredited cameo.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Not such an interesting plot... I think this movie would have done better if it wasn't done in such a light manner. Olivier is the best thing about this film.

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