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The Last King

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  • Actors: Rufus Sewell, Rupert Graves, Charlie Creed-Miles, Christian Coulson, Shirley Henderson
  • Producers: Emilio Nunez
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: April 27 2004
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0001KL5M6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,840 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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LAST KING, THE

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"The Last King" showcases the often-disputed kingship of Charles the Second. This movie is made with the introspection and lyricism found on the stage while bringing to that the professional look and feel of the big screen. But most impressively, this A&E production is fair to the universe of difficulty in deciphering Charles II. He was a difficult person to comprehend, as we all are. And to determine what to put to film can prove a tough task. Often, it is too easy for filmmakers when trying to organize a cohesive representation of a large figure (i.e., Charles II, Napoleon, Joan of Arc) to rely on one point-of-view, to romanticize or to take complete liberty in order to make a life understandable. This film, on the other hand, shows its audience a Charles that is both sex-crazed and loving, patient yet quick to anger, lazy in some politics, yet highly motivated in others, selfish, yet selfless, and overall a sort of complicated man. The acting is superb from everyone, as many reviewers have already noted. Rufus Sewell is absolutely brilliant as Charles II, Helen McCrory turns Barbara Villiers, the Countess of Castlemaine and mistress to Charles II, into a wonder. And you can't help fall in love with the queen, Catherine of Braganza, played by Shirley Henderson. Her religious devotion (which in lesser hands would have been turned into a quaint trait.) is actually admired by watching this film. Too often films that have religion as a major underpinning rely on standardized cliches.) But this movie does not. It is as difficult as the story must be while keeping it comprehensible. One reviewer claimed that you must read about Charles II before watching the movie. I disagree. Though the movie can be enhanced by knowing just a simple bit about him, ([...]) you don't need a primer. It is easy to follow.Read more ›
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There is a reason why the 16th and 17th centuries will always remain a popular choice as a subject of TV and film dramas. With its topics relating to the rights of royal succession, familial conflicts, religious strife, morality, greed and a monarchy-in-chaos (and the occasional bodice ripping), these stories will always whet the appetite of viewers.
"The Last King" is no exception. Like the stories based on Henry VIII and his wives, Elizabeth I and Marie Antoinette, the story of King Charles II of England is filled with high drama and conflict that provides ample entertainment to viewers. For the sake of oversimplifying, I would liken it to a cross between the film "Elizabeth" (starring Cate Blanchett) and the TV miniseries "Tom Jones" (starring Max Beesley).
When the story begins we find Charles in dire straits - he is in exile from his home country; his father, Charles I, has been murdered; and Oliver Cromwell now 'governs' England. Upon the death of Cromwell, Charles is invited back to rule England where he finds his country torn apart between Catholics and Protestants. Throughout his rule, Charles II earned a reputation as the 'merry monarch' - a man who loves art and music and counts gambling and women among his vices. He collects many mistresses throughout his lifetime - most notably Barbara Villiers (Helen McCrory) and the actress Nell Gwynn (Emma Pierson) - and has a childless marriage with the Portuguese princess Catherine de Braganza (Shirley Henderson). While he remains Protestant, his wife is Catholic and his younger brother (and heir) James converts to Catholicism, which only fuels the fire with the predominantly Protestant Parliament.
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I was channel surfing one night and happened to come across The Last King on A&E and have been obsessed with it ever since. This is truly a masterpiece!!
The casting is wonderful. The acting is brilliant. The costumes are gorgeous. The writing is captivating. Every time I watched it, it was just as wonderful as the time before. I opted to buy the DVD because I felt cheated when I heard it was a 4 hour drama. A&E only had it as a 3 hour. What wonders did I mess out on?!
There is nothing about this series that I didn't like. It had the right balance of politics to help understand what a King's duties are-without making it dry and boring. There's enough tasteful romance in it to keep it racy without being obscene. I was impressed with the historical accuracy. You CAN make a period drama interesting without compromising it's integrity.
I cannot say enough about this drama. It is perhaps the best movie I have ever watched!!
My only question: Did the king love the queeen? Is that the reason he stayed married to her?
I can't wait until I get my copy so I can watch it again!!
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This film (T.V. program) is fabulous (and I don't use the "F" word lightly). The production is wonderful as are the sets and recreation of the era. MOST OF ALL the actors are superb! However, the true stand out, as far as acting is concerned, is Diana Rigg--when she is on the screen all others are simply blown off of the screen! That is some accomplishment since she is surrounded by great actors that are really into their roles.
This production is a treasure. Buy it!
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