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The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)

The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)

The Prisoner of Zenda





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Mistaken identity and underhanded dealings set the stage for this adventure story based on Anthony Hope's classic novel. Rudolph Rassendyll (Stewart Granger) is a British tourist visiting the nation of Ruritania in the Balkans. A number of people comment upon Rassendyll's remarkable resemblance to Prince Rudolph, who in a matter of days is to be crowned the nation's new king, and the prince's staff even arranges a meeting between the two men. But Rudolph's devious brother believes it is he who should be the king, and he arranges for Prince Rudolph to be poisoned the night before his coronation. Desperate, Rudolph's minders beg Rassendyll to participate in the ceremony in Rudolph's place so that the usurper cannot take the throne. Rassendyll agrees, and the ceremony goes off without a hitch, but when the brother's men discover this subterfuge, they imprison the real Prince as they threaten to reveal the secret of the new "king." Rassendyll's dilemma is compounded when he finds himself falling in love with Princess Flavia (Deborah Kerr), Rudolph's intended. This was the fourth screen adaptation of The Prisoner of Zenda; a fifth, which focused on the tale's comic possibilities, starred Peter Sellers and was released in 1979.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Action & Adventure
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Written By: John L. Balderston, Noel Langley, Wells Root
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Stewart Granger
as Rudolf Rassendyll / ...
Deborah Kerr
as Princess Flavia
James Mason
as Rupert of Hentzau
Louis Calhern
as Col. Zapt
Jane Greer
as Antoinette de Mauban
Lewis Stone
as The Cardinal
Robert Douglas
as Michael, Duke of St...
Robert Coote
as Fritz von Tarlenheim
Eric Alden
as Krafstein
Steve Roberts
as Lauengram
Bud Wolfe
as Bersonin
Peter Mamakos
as De Gautet
Joseph Mell
as R.R. Guard
Michael Vallon
as Assistant Passport O...
Bruce Payne
as Court Chamberlain
Stanley Logan
as British Ambassador
George J. Lewis
as Uhlan Guard
Hugh Prosser
as Uhlan Guard
Forbes Murray
as Nobleman with Cardin...
Frank Elliott
as Dignitary
Gordon Richards
as Dignitary
Mary Carroll
as German Wife
Alex Pope
as Husband
Jay Adler
as Passport Official
Doris Lloyd
as Ambassador's Wife
Emilie Cabanne
as Lady with Cardinal
George Slocum
as Sandwich Vendor
Manuel Paris
as Nobleman
Guy Bellis
as Lord Chamberlain
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Critic Reviews for The Prisoner of Zenda

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This remake of the 1937 popular adventure is mediocre, despite the high-caliber stars

October 20, 2012

The 1937 version was much livelier.

Full Review… | April 27, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Prisoner of Zenda


Solid adventure with sumptuous production values.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This is a fun and exciting swashbuckling adventure movie. It's good.

Aj V

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Ken Stachnik

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