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The Moonraker [DVD]

George Baker , Sylvia Syms , David MacDonald    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: George Baker, Sylvia Syms, Marius Goring, Peter Arne, Richard Leech
  • Directors: David MacDonald
  • Producers: Hamilton Inglis
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002V8FSCE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,601 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Swashbuckling action adventure set in the mid 17th century. George Baker stars as Earl Anthony - aka The Moonraker - a gentleman Cavalier who is the thorn in the side of Oliver Cromwell (John Le Mesurier) and his mission to rid Britain of the royalists. Feared among Cromwell's men, the Moonraker has already effected the escape of over 30 royalists to France, a feat he pulls off by assuming the identity of a Puritan scholar. However, his audacious actions run into trouble when he attempts to lead Prince Charles Stuart (Gary Raymond) to safety after a defeat at the hands of the Roundhead soldiers.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Washbuckling action adventure set in the mid 17th century. George Baker stars as Earl Anthony - aka The Moonraker - a gentleman Cavalier who is the thorn in the side of Oliver Cromwell (John Le Mesurier) and his mission to rid Britain of the royalists. Feared among Cromwell's men, the Moonraker has already effected the escape of over 30 royalists to France, a feat he pulls off by assuming the identity of a Puritan scholar. However, his audacious actions run into trouble when he attempts to lead Prince Charles Stuart (Gary Raymond) to safety after a defeat at the hands of the Roundhead soldiers. ...The Moonraker


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4.0 out of 5 stars Proud to be a Moonraker. 2 May 2011
By Bob Salter TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Being a Moonraker myself by birth, I was very interested in watching this film again. Wiltshiremen were long known by that name as a result of a legend surrounding smugglers who were caught by the excise men trying to rake out their contraband hidden the village pond, and when questioned as to what they were doing they pleaded that they were trying to rake the moon out of the water. The excise men left thinking them to be simpletons. A nice legend that even gets a mention in the film. I saw the film a few years ago on TV and was impressed by the quality so decided to treat myself to the DVD. This British attempt to compete with the Hollywood big budget swashbucklers is a very worthy effort indeed. There is another Wiltshire connection with the lead actor George Baker whom I had the pleasure of meeting, albeit briefly at his home in our County a few years ago, and what a nice fellow he turned out to be.

The film is set just after the end of the English Civil War and opens with a clandestine meeting at Stonehenge, which for those geographically challenged is in, yes you've guessed it, Wiltshire. This was in the days before the Druids, solstice revellers and the miles of razor wire. The dashing Moonraker aka Lord Dawlish is engaged in smuggling the son of the executed Charles 1 out of the country. All highly fictionalised I should add! They have a number of close shaves with Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads who are in hot pursuit. This results in plenty of swordplay and galloping horses. Will they be able to reach the coast and catch the boat that will carry them to safety?

Whilst it has to be admitted that the swordplay is not up to Basil Rathbone and Errol Flynn standards, there is so much else to admire in this little known very British film.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Moonraker 11 Mar 2010
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Made in England by Elstree Studios in 1957, this 79min costume drama depicts the swashbuckling adventures of the fictional Lord Dawlish(George Baker) alias 'The Moonraker'; as he risks all to abet the escape from Cromwell's England of the future King Charles the Second. Sylvia Syms plays Miss Anne Wyndham, the would-be bride of Cromwell's "most feared man in England" Colonel Beaumont(Maurius Goring), swept off her feet by the softly spoken but gallant, sophisticated Lord Dawlish. The plot is simple but entertaining, the swordplay is energetic, and the players both well cast and well spoken. To my mind, Paul Whitsun-Jones steals the show with his preformance as the 'gentleman' Parfitt, a fat brandy swilling Royalist loudmouth who, despite his overbearing manner; can fight and die like a hero for the Royalist cause he loves. The late John Le Mesurier of 'Dads Army' fame, also puts in a brief appearance as Oliver Cromwell.The Moonraker [DVD] [1957]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh come with me my turtle dove. 10 Jan 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The Moonraker is directed by David MacDonald and adapted to screenplay by Robert Hall, Wilfred Eades and Alistair Bell from the Arthur Watkin play. It stars George Baker, Sylvia Syms, Marius Goring, Peter Arne, Clive Morton, Richard Leech, Iris Russell and Paul Whitsun-Jones. Music is by Laurie Johnson and cinematography by Mutz Greenbaum.

With the English Civil War just finished, Oliver Cromwell (John Le Mesurier) aims to capture Charles Stuart (Gary Raymond) to stop him replacing his executed father on the throne. However, a Royalist hero known as The Moonraker (Baker) plots to smuggle Stuart to France before Cromwell and his Roundhead followers enact their plans.

A British swashbuckler full of derring-do heroics, sword fights, boo-hiss villains and gorgeous Technicolor photography. Why then is The Moonraker little known or under seen? Perhaps it comes down to availability on home formats over the years? Or TV rights preventing it from being shown elsewhere other than good old Blighty? Either way it's a shame and fans of swashbucklers should definitely consider seeking this one out.

The name Moonraker in this parlance is put to a smuggler who would hide his goods in the village pond and then go back at midnight to rake said goods out. Here the " Moonraking" involves smuggling important human beings out of harms way. The Moonraker in question is Earl Anthony of Dawlish, a Royalist Cavalier Scarlet Pimpernel type, a bally hero of devilish good looks and courage unbound; I mean why jump through a gap when you can dive through it instead? Cue under cover disguise, bluffings between hero and villains, simmering romance and a base station inn where many shenanigans unfold.
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Charming tale of Royalist struggles and Roundhead Generals and spies.
Don't expect the kind of complex action scenes common place nowadays, but do expect a sweet romance, a seductive but gentlemanly hero and a sense of nostalgia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Moonraker (DVD) 13 Dec 2012
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This is a great swashbuckler film. My husband had a bit part so we bought it to see him and loved the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this film. 24 Feb 2012
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Once I had read "Captain Spindrift"'s review I was intrigued, not only by his review of the film but by the additional interesting information. Having now bought and watched the film I can say I thoroughly enjoyed it - it may be dated but it's great fun and well made. George Baker is an extremely attractive and vigorous lead and it was interesting to see Patrick Troughton with that distinctive profile no one could miss. Wiltshire looks absolutely idyllic but has probably been urbanised a good deal since - well, Stonehenge is a case in point. I'm revisiting UK in March and am very tempted to veer from the areas we had planned to tour and head in a more southerly direction. I am a great Wexford fan and George Baker is very much missed, even in the Antipodes.
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