The Prince and the Pauper

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Produced under the same flag of convenience as the Salkinds had employed for their earlier pair of Dick Lester Three Musketeers films, this hid its status as a redundant remake (of a Warners/Errol Flynn romp of 1937, which cast genuine twins in the double-lead role) under the title Crossed Swords in America. Fleischer's anonymous direction and Mark Lester's lack of range (as the urchin/prince lookalikes) throw the weight of Mark Twain's cross-cut yarn of confused identities onto a series of lumbering star cameos (Heston as Henry VIII, Scott as a Cockney villain, etc). Princely sets, but a debilitating poverty of wit and imagination.

Release details

Duration: 121 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Richard Fleischer
Screenwriter: George MacDonald Fraser
Cast: Oliver Reed
Raquel Welch
Mark Lester
Ernest Borgnine
George C Scott
Rex Harrison
David Hemmings
Charlton Heston
Harry Andrews
Murray Melvin
Sybil Danning
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