The Sword and the Rose (When Knighthood Was in Flower) (1953)





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A man running away from his problems escapes conventional reality with the help of a band of pirates in this offbeat fantasy. Manuel (Manuel Mesquita) is a musician who is short on money and behind on his tax payments. Eager to leave his troubles behind, he spies a 15th Century pirate's ship and impulsively jumps on board. Throwing in his lot with the sea-going bandits, Manuel discovers they're an unusual bunch, searching for a strange but powerful substance called plutex and possessing the ability to become invisible, adopt new languages, or fashion strange gizmos at will. But matters of principle and opinion lead to conflicts among the crew, and Manuel searches for a way to follow his own path while doing right by his friends. A Espada e a Rosa (aka The Sword and the Rose) was the first feature film from director Joao Nicolau.
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Glynis Johns
as Princess Mary Tudor
Richard Todd
as Charles Brandon
James Robertson Justice
as King Henry VIII
Michael Gough
as Duke of Buckingham
Jane Barrett
as Lady Margaret
Peter Copley
as Sir Edwin Caskoden
Rosalie Crutchley
as Queen Katherine of Aragon
D.A. Clarke-Smith
as Cardinal Wolsey
Ernest Jay
as Lord Chamberlain
John Vere
as Lawyer Clerk
Philip Lennard
as Chaplain
Bryan Coleman
as Earl of Surrey
Philip Glasier
as Royal Falconer
Jean Mercure
as King Louis XII of France
Gérard Oury
as Dauphin of France
Fernand Fabre
as De Longueville
Robert Le Beal
as Royal Physician
Gaston Richer
as Antoine Duprat
Helen Goss
as Princess Claude
Patrick Cargill
as French Diplomat
Anthony Sharp
as French Diplomat
Caven Watson
as Capt. Bradhurst
Richard Molinas
as Father Pierre
Hal Osmond
as Costermonger
Norman Pierce
as Innkeeper
Ewen Solon
as Guardsman
Rupert Evans
as Bargeman
Paddy Ryan
as Bargeman
Thomas Heathcote
as Wrestling Second
Arthur Brander
as 1st Mate
John Serret
as French Squire
Bob Simmons
as French Champion
Brian Coleman
as Earl of Surrey
Hal Ormond
as Costermonger
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Critic Reviews for The Sword and the Rose (When Knighthood Was in Flower)

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A dullish historical romantic period film that's not very historical or romantic.

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I'm not sure if I can think of a more unknown Disney feature than The Sword and the Rose and to be honest I can understand its obscurity. That is not to say that it isn't enjoyable as it is in fact a high quality film worth your time even with it being one of the weaker live action Disney classics. In these old days of Disney even their worst was some kind of wonderful. (First and only viewing - In my early twenties)

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