To Kill a King

Synopsis: A recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I.
Director(s): Mike Barker
Production: FilmFour
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

( horses galloping )

l now believe

that all crowns

corrupt those

who wear them.

l never thought that l would lead an army

against my own countrymen,

but for three bloody years brothers

fought brothers in the struggle

to be treated fairly

by our king.

( men shouting )

We won and the king was

imprisoned in his London palace,

but the people

paid dearly.

l was convinced then

we could heal the nation,

but the path to reform

was to prove longer and darker

- than l could ever have imagined.

- Come on, over here!

( man screams )

- Help me here!

- Sir!


Pull it tight.

- Man:
All right, lad. All right.

- ( soldier screaming, crying )

Shh shh.

Bring down the prisoners.

Bring the next 10

prisoners down, sergeant!


No, move along, next.

Take it, be quick.

- Look out!

- Long live the king!


Stay where you are!

No, please, sir.

No, sir, please please!


Keep back, stay in line.



( men laughing,

chattering )

- Man:
Who's this?

- Man #2:
Do you see what l see?


Wait, Daniel, look.

- General Fairfax.

- At your service.

l thought the rebels

wore short hair

to protest against

courtly decadence.

l didn't expect

to find their chief

with such

a luxuriant mane.

You came to talk

of hair, madam?

l have a message

from your wife.

Then you've traveled far.

My wife is in Yorkshire,

as l understand,

tending our estate.

Then you mistake your wife

for a dozy housemaid, eneral.

Lady Fairfax has tended house

long enough.

- lndeed?

- lndeed.

lndeed she's headed

for London.

She thinks three years is long enough

to lose her husband to the wars.

You kept it for me.

What do you think?

Forgive me, madam.

l do not sleep well.

Best place to look

at the stars.

- What is your name?

- Oliver Cromwell.

Well, then you are

a liar, Mr. Cromwell.

You guard my husband's tent

every night

and have done ever since

an assassin tried to take his life.

Why do you forfeit

your sleep for him?

Your husband is one

of god's beloved.

lf he died,

l am his deputy.

lt would be inconvenient.


Lost your tent, lieutenant?

Or are you just trying

to steal my wife?

Time we got you back

to yours.

( crowd shouting )

( bells chiming )

( crowd cheering,

applauding )

Oh, Henry, you're safe.

There is our victory.

The lord has granted us

a great victory, brethren.

Give them something to eat.

God bless the general.


Well done, General!

Well done,

General Fairfax.

Well done, General Fairfax.

Well done.

God bless you.

Well done!

Do not thank me.

lt is you who won

England's freedom,

Every one of you!

Now the king

has decreed...

Your majesty, step away

from the window.

...awarded to Lord

General Fairfax

for valor in the field.

At last,

we can all sleep soundly,

Knowing that for once the king

cannot impose a new tax

on us in the morning.

You make it sound as if we fought

the war only to save your profits, Holles.

- Where's the treaty?

- All ready for your signatures.

But first, let us cross

to the palace

and toast a new era

of peace and prosperity.

- ( quiet music playing )

- So is it true

men who've been to war return

with more steel in their bones?

- l have no complaints.

- How do you expect to drink a toast

without a cup of wine?

- To your favorite soldier.

- To his favorite soldier.


Make it near 600,000.

Good work.

God's blessing

on you, General.

And all our men.

The lord chose you

to be the nation's warrior,

as he chose our cousin

Oliver to be its conscience.

( chuckles )

Holles, when will

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