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As one of most acclaimed and recognized figures of American literature, Mark Twain’s works have undoubtedly been mined for several film adaptations. Among the works filmed for the big screen include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960) and The Prince and the Pauper (1937), just to list a few right off the bat; the latter would be filmed again by the Salkinds in the 1970’s, this time under the title of Crossed Swords. Previously released on DVD by Lionsgate, Kino has licensed the film from Studiocanal for its Blu-ray debut.



Crossed Swords (1977)



Released: 17 Mar 1978
Rated: PG
Runtime: 113 min




Director: Richard Fleischer
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family



Cast: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Mark Lester, Ernest Borgnine...

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roxy1927

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I think you meant 1 hour 53 minutes. 1 hour 13 minutes would have been pretty strange unless it was a pre-code talkie.
 

t1g3r5fan

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You're right, that somehow eluded me when I was going over my review during editing. I've got it fixed now.
 

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This film was going to be the last shown at Radio City Music Hall before demolition. I saw it there in March 1978 and still have a program that states this would be the final attraction at the venue. Thank God Radio City was saved from the wrecking ball the following month. I need to revisit this title. Thanks for the review Mychal.
 

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4/12/78
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5/18/78
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I went to see Fantasia there. A very beautiful presentation. Either it has been cut since then(The Nutcracker and Pastorale) or has been deemed problematic. And it had been cut already in the 60s I believe due to offensive stereotypes.
 

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Mychal:

Thank you for the terrific review of Crossed Swords; I can't wait to pick this up during one of Kino's sales. I have the Errol Flynn version from 1937 on DVD which I enjoy. Disney first aired their version of The Prince and the Pauper as three 50-minute television episodes on the Disneyland TV show titled The Pauper King, The Merciful Law of the King, and Long Live the Rightful King on 3/11/62, 3/18/62, and 3/25/62. It starred Sean Scully and Guy Williams. It was also released theatrically overseas in an edited 93-minute version.. This 93-minute version is currently available on Disney+ and Amazon Prime. Sadly, Disney never released the complete 150-minute television version on DVD and Blu-ray in Region 1/A. I always hoped the 150-minute version would have received a Walt Disney Treasures release or at least a Disney Movie Club Exclusive release.
 

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