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  • TBC
  • Action, Drama
  • 1969
  • 122 mins

Alfred the Great

Alfred the Great

About

A tiresome historical trawl, the biopic of the young leader of 9th-century England, played with some camp appeal by Hemmings. The battle scenes are terrific, and it might have worked to greater effect if director Donner had concentrated on the more swashbuckling elements of the story. However, arty pretensions get the better of him, and he presents us with a rather boring and predictable character study of a king torn between his earthly desires and a belief in his spiritual purity.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Ian McKellen, David Hemmings, Michael York, Peter Vaughan, Prunella Ransome, Colin Blakely
  • Director: Clive Donner
  • Writer: James R Webb, Kenneth Taylor
  • Producer: Bernard Smith
  • Photographer: Alex Thomson

In a nutshell

Very uneven, with the patronizing tone of a school history lesson.

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