The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

Richard Fleischer (1977)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


The son of King Henry VIII meets a poor boy who looks exactly like him. The pair decide to swap places for a day, but are separated and unable to switch back, leaving the heir to the throne experiencing poverty, while his double uncovers corruption in the royal court. Period drama based on Mark Twain's classic novel, starring Oliver Reed, Mark Lester, Raquel Welch and Charlton Heston.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD