The Prince and the Pauper

  • PG
  • Richard Fleischer (1977)
  • Pan / US
  • 115 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Taking advantage of the success of Richard Lester's two Musketeers films, Oliver Reed, Charlton Heston and Raquel Welch donned the costumes once again for another historical romp, this one based on Mark Twain's classic story. No expense was spared on production values and the distinguished cast (which also includes Rex Harrison and George C Scott) has a fine time hamming things up. Yet, despite the extravagance, it remains a lifeless affair that isn't helped by an unconvincing lead performance from Mark Lester as the prince who changes places with a beggar.

Plot Summary

Period adventure adapted from Mark Twain's classic novel, starring Mark Lester, Oliver Reed and Raquel Welch. When Prince Edward comes face to face with his exact double, street urchin Tom Canty, he thinks it would be a wonderful joke to change places with him for the night. Unfortunately for Edward, his disguise works too well and he is arrested and thrown out on to the treacherous and corrupt streets of London.

Cast and crew


Tom Canty / Prince Edward
Mark Lester (2)
Miles Hendon
Oliver Reed
Lady Edith
Raquel Welch
John Canty
Ernest Borgnine
George C Scott
Duke of Norfolk
Rex Harrison
Hugh Hendon
David Hemmings
Henry VIII
Charlton Heston
Harry Andrews
De Brie
Murray Melvin
Mother Canty
Sybil Danning
Lady Jane
Felicity Dean
Princess Elizabeth
Lalla Ward
St John
Julian Orchard
Graham Stark


Richard Fleischer

Other Information

Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG