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Royal Flash (1975)
Starring Malcolm McDowell and Alan Bates

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
Novelist George MacDonald Fraser penned the script for this swashbuckling, picaresque adventure tale. The story is based on one of the books in his "Harry Flashman" series, loose sequels to "Tom Brown's Schooldays" that followed that story's central bully character through his checkered post-graduate military career. Malcolm McDowell plays Captain Harry Flashman, a cowardly, lascivious poseur who desperately seeks entry into high European society. Recognizing an opportunity to advance their own sinister political agendas, scheming Otto Von Bismarck (Oliver Reed) and Rudi Von Sternberg (Alan Bates) convince Flashman to masquerade as a Prussian noble and marry a beautiful duchess (Britt Ekland), a flawed plan to which Flashman agrees. Inevitably, the transparent ruse is discovered, and Flashman is forced to try to escape across 19th century Europe, narrowly missing one disaster after another and experiencing first-hand some of history's most momentous events. Director Richard Lester and Fraser used similar baroque settings, tongue-in-cheek characterizations, elaborate stunts and breakneck pacing for The Three Musketeers (1973) and its sequel, The Four Musketeers (1974) with similar efficacy. Fraser would try again with analogous material three years later with Crossed Swords (1978), a lavish version of The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain.
Director: Richard Lester
Writers: George MacDonald Fraser (screenplay), George MacDonald Fraser (novel)

Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Alan Bates, Florinda Bolkan, Oliver Reed, Tom Bell, Joss Ackland, Christopher Cazenove, Lionel Jeffries, Alastair Sim, Michael Hordern, Henry Cooper, Britt Eckland, Bob Hoskins
Filming locations include Bedford School, Castle Linderhof and Wurzburg Residence.
In 1970, Director Richard Lester had planned to make a movie of "Flashman", the first of George MacDonald Fraser's novels, from a screenplay by Charles Wood and Frank Muir, and with John Alderton in the title role. Because of expense, it was cancelled with only days to go before the start of shooting. Four years later, having collaborated with Fraser on his two "Musketeers" movies with huge success, Lester tried to reactivate the project, but found it easier to set up a movie of Fraser's second novel, "Royal Flash", perhaps because the story is a parody of "The Prisoner Of Zenda", which had been filmed several times with great popularity. Even so, United Artists went cold on the idea shortly before filming was due to begin, but this time Lester was able successfully to transfer the project to Twentieth Century Fox. However, the movie proved to be a critical and box-office failure, and was cut from a running time of one hour and fifty-eight minutes to one hour and thirty-six minutes for general release in Britain (which accounts for certain well-known actors either not appearing, or doing so only very briefly). George MacDonald Fraser so disliked this movie, that he would not consent to having another one based on his Flashman novels made in his lifetime.
The role of Lola was first offered to Brigitte Bardot.
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