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KeepYourPowderDry05 Jun 2020 3:27 a.m. PST

You've got to forget anything you ever learnt about the Civil Wars if you want to watch this without shouting at the telly box. (Most of it is fact free utter tosh, but it is entertaining.)

If you can, this is ideal buckle swashing fodder. Make yourself a cup of tea and get some cake, and you're set for the afternoon.

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BillyNM05 Jun 2020 4:18 a.m. PST

The worst bits are the heroes' wardrobes, and of course the obligatory love interest. By contrast the 'baddies' look great, you just can't help rooting for them. Lionel Jeffries and Oliver Reid knock the spots off Jack Hedley (who?).

KeepYourPowderDry05 Jun 2020 4:41 a.m. PST

Keep an eye on the fight scenes: whoever is being roughty toughty in shot has a metal sword, those in the background have rubber ones which wobble when waved around.

Some interesting 'evil' eye coverings on the zischagges

But hey, it's from Hammer House

Lapsang06 Jun 2020 4:58 a.m. PST

Wasn't Caractacus Potts played by Dick Van Dyke? Lionel Jeffries was his old Dad, who was kidnapped by and Airship that hooked onto his outdoor Privy while Potts Senior was inside…?

Pauls Bods06 Jun 2020 6:26 a.m. PST

It canīt be bad, Oliver Reed is in it.
I love those 60īs films..
"to this spanish town, the night brought drinking and dancing, music and girls and….the moon. The full moon"
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…but I prefered the 60īs TV serials..the more ham the better.
Flashing Blade, The Desert templar,Robinson Crusoe (oddly all french productions)

"youīve got to fight for what you want, for all that you believe"
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KeepYourPowderDry06 Jun 2020 7:02 a.m. PST

Lapsang – absolutely correct! My mistake (close but no cigar)

Lapsang08 Jun 2020 3:28 a.m. PST

Although Dick Van Dyke as an all-singing all-dancing evil Roundhead leader would have been pretty funny.

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