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 strict. The Speaker of the House, Denzil Holles (James Bolam), leads a group of conspirators to make an illegal deal with the king, but they are discovered and subsequently punished. The king is put on trial and executed, making Cromwell in charge. The conclusion involves a reunion between Fairfax and a dying Cromwell.
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Tim Roth
as Oliver Cromwell
Dougray Scott
as Sir Thomas Fairfax
Rupert Everett
as King Charles I
Olivia Williams
as Lady Anne Fairfax
Corin Redgrave
as Lord de Vere
James Bolam
as Denzil Holles
Finbar Lynch
as Cousin Henry
Adrian Scarborough
as Sgt. Joyce
Jeremy Swift
as Earl of Whitby
Steven Webb
as Boy at Naseby
Jake Nightingale
as Colonel Pride
Leonard Woodcock
as Young Royalist Prisoner
Thomas Arnold
as Messenger at Naseby
Sam Spruell
as King's Guard
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Critic Reviews for To Kill a King

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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Full Review… | November 6, 2003
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Audience Reviews for To Kill a King


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.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

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...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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An average historical movie. I'd have liked to see more battles and less of the interpersonal interaction or at least more battles and the same amount of interaction.

Pete Skeris
Pete Skeris

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