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Cast: Oliver Reed,Raquel Welch,Mark Lester,Ernest Borgnine,George C. Scott,Rex Harrison

Producer(s): Pierre Spengler

Director(s): Richard Fleischer

Genre:Adventure / Family

Year: 1977

Rating: PG

There's been many film's adapted from the Mark Twain classic "The Prince and the Pauper" but I can't remember any being as lively as this version.

Tom Canty is a poor English boy who bears a remarkable resemblance to Edward, Prince of Wales and son of King Henry VIII. The two boys meet and decide to play a joke on the court by dressing in each other's clothes, but the plan goes awry when they are separated and each must live the other's life.

For starters how can you go with such a stellar cast, Oliver Reed plays a hearty and touching Miles Hendon while Ernest Borgnine is magnificent as the pauper's cruel father. Raquel Welch does not have many scenes in they film and that's ashame cause she steals every scene she is in on beauty alone. The remaining cast members all are just as impressive. Director Richard Fleischer does a terrific job keeping the film flowing at a great pace and providing lots of great eye candy in the form of customes and lavish sets. The film has it all great swashbuckling action, humor and a story that the whole family can enjoy together. Plus a great soundtrack by Maurice Jarre, the music fits perfectly for this kind of film, you could not ask for a better score than this. The DVD release restores the footage that was cut from the U.S. release of the film and it's presented in 16x9 widescreen, this is indeed a fantastic transfer of a must own film. Released by Lions Gate Home Entertainment. ***** Out Of *****