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The Prisoner of Zenda (1979)





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The beloved novel by Anthony Hope is shown here in its sixth film adaptation. In this story, Peter Sellers is Rudolf IV, the reigning monarch of the tiny nation of Ruritania. One day, while flying in a hot air balloon, a champagne cork sends him plummeting to his death. The rightful heir, who is to be crowned Rudolf V (also Peter Sellers), is kidnapped by Duke Michael (Jeremy Kemp), who is next in line for the throne. Luckily, the good guys find Syd (Peter Sellers once again), a London taxi-driver who closely resembles the kidnapped heir. While impersonating the monarch-to-be, Syd falls in love with the prince's fiancee Princess Flavia (Lynne Frederick). Neither a box-office nor a critical success, this amiable 1979 swashbuckler nonetheless features fine performances by Peter Sellers, who died in 1980.


Peter Sellers
as Prince Rudolph/Sydney Frewin/old king
Lynne Frederick
as Princess Flavia
Lionel Jeffries
as General Sapt
Elke Sommer
as Natalie, the Countess
Gregory Sierra
as The Count
Jeremy Kemp
as Duke Michael
Catherine Schell
as Antoinette
Stuart Wilson
as Rupert of Hentzau
John Laurie
as Archbishop
Michael Segal
as Conductor
Eric Cord
as (uncredited)
Joe Dunne
as (uncredited)
Dick Geary
as (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert (II)
as (uncredited)
Larry Holt
as (uncredited)
John Bear Hudkins
as (uncredited)
John Moio
as (uncredited)
Victor Paul
as (uncredited)
Gil Perkins
as (uncredited)
George Robotham
as (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen
as (uncredited)
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The movie is tailored to Peter Sellers' talents and it also develops the modern structure of the cartoon. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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