Synopsis: Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.
Director(s): Ken Hughes
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
139 min

Is that him?



- God be with you, Oliver.

- You too, John.

This is Henry Ireton, a friend.

- Good day, sir.

- Mr. Ireton.

I've been taking a last look at my land.

We had heard you were leaving.

We came from London directly.

You could have saved

yourself the effort.

- lf we could discuss it, I'm sure...

- There is nothing to discuss.

Well, come back to my house.

You've got a long journey back.

You must forgive the manner

of our table, Mr. Pym.

Our best crockery

is packed for the voyage.

- Bridget, fetch the bread.

- Yes, Mother.

We'd hoped to persuade

your husband... change his mind

about going to America.

I should have thought you'd know

Oliver better than that, Mr. Pym.

It was not an easy decision, John.

This is my country, my land.

God has been good to me here.

- Then, sir, why are you leaving?

- I have a family, Mr. Ireton.

I owe it to my sons

to make a better life for them.

England is no longer

a country for a young man.

I recall you spoke

out in Parliament for the rights...

...and privileges of common people.

That was a long time ago, Mr. Ireton.

I had a vision then.

A great nation.

Prosperous, God-fearing,

good laws, strong...

...respected throughout the world.

That was the England I dreamed of.

Well, sir, you are a squire now,

a man of property.

Perhaps you no longer care

for the common people.

Perhaps I've been misinformed, sir.

I thought, as a Puritan, you

would see it as your God-given duty... do the Lord's work in this land,

regardless of sacrifice.

Mr. Ireton, I was fighting

for the liberty of the common people...

...when you were in knee breeches.

Then why are you leaving?

I am leaving because this country

crawls with greed and corruption.

It is governed by profiteers...

...who think more

of their pockets than their principles.

I am leaving because we have a king

who taxes the rich beyond its means...

...and steals land

from the poor to maintain...

...his lavish court

and his Catholic wife.

When Parliament objected

against these injustices...

...he closed his Parliament down.

And our man dare not speak

his mind for fear of imprisonment.

Oh, yes.

All my life I believed it was God's work

to fight against such tyranny.

But God has turned his back

upon this nation, and we are leaving it.

And what if Parliament

should be recalled, Mr. Cromwell?

- And why should a king do that?

- He needs money, Oliver.

- What? To build another palace?

- No.

To fight a war.

A war, John?

A war against whom?

The Scots have assembled

on our border.

They may invade us at any moment.

The king needs money

to raise an army.

By the king's own decree, Parliament

has not sat these past 12 years.

- And now the king needs money.

- Once Parliament has assembled... will lie within our power

to change...

...the whole structure

of government in this country.

How many times

did we sit in Parliament?

How many resolutions did we pass?

And how many times did

this king overrule us?

The king can have

his war with Scotland.

- We will be in America.

- There will be a war...

...but it will not be with Scotland.

- Henry.

- With whom, Mr. Ireton?

- We've argued this matter many times.

I am convinced.

- A war against whom, Mr. Ireton?

- Against the king, sir.

The king?

You mean a civil war? In England?

You know not the ways of this nation.

Such things do not happen here.

And, in my opinion, it is long overdue.

I will not have such talk in my house.

It is common enough talk

these days, I fear.

Then it is treasonable talk!

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Ken Hughes

Kenneth Graham "Ken" Hughes (19 January 1922 – 28 April 2001) was a British film director, writer and producer, who is best known as the co-writer and director of the children's film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). more…

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