Richard Harris, born a Catholic, in a superb performance as probably one of the most Anti-Catholic characters in English history.
Alec Guinness is superb as his royal antithesis, Charles I.
Both actors portray their respective parts with more sympathy than the real individuals attracted at the time or since. A testament to the deserved reputations of each actor.
Typically for a "historically accurate" movie it suffers from a broad range of historical inaccuracies. Cromwell's role in the causes of the outbreak of the war is seriously exaggerated. For a start he was not in regular meetings with Charles, he only met him once and that was on the Ilse of Wight. Cromwell did not enter Oxford to arrest the king. Neither was he at the Battle of Edgehill. Charles surrendered to the Scots and was handed over to the English, to Cornel Joyce's troops.
Oliver Junior did not die at Naseby 1645, he died of smallpox in 1644.
Historical accuracy sucks, but it is a good film.
Cromwell is based on the life of Oliver Cromwell who led the Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War and, as Lord Protector, ruled Great Britain and Ireland in the 1650s. When I got hold of this dvd, which I haven´t seen before, but red about, I knew it would be good as Richard Harris and Alec Guinness has the leading roles. This is a kind of classic epic and historical drama with big battles, lavish
costumes, great sets, great acting and a great in depth study of history from all sorts of angles. I have always liked Richard Harris, an actor with massive presence and intensity. Something we see in "Cromwell" from scene one. The same goes for the great Alec Guinness. I truly enjoyed "Cromwell"
and I was pleased to get an even stronger knowledge of the English Civilwar, Oliver Cromwell, The New Model Army and The Roundheads.