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4.4 out of 5 stars
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on 25 December 2014
Having been a French resident in the UK for the best part of the last 20 years, I was very much looking forward to a film about the English Civil War. After all, despite all our claims on the Revolution Française and blah blah the Brits had beheaded their King almost 150 years before we beheaded ours.
I was therefore very disappointed to watch this pseudo-drama where the central plot device was a completely unbelievable love triangle between Oliver Reed, Jack Hedley and the very rare June Thorburn (who died in a plane crash in 1967, RIP).
Indeed, it remains a mystery as to why the leading lady would choose the horribly tame Hedley over the much more powerful Reed.
The film is redeemed by its great baddy, Lionel Jeffries (who gets top billing), and its powerful ending, but versus the other three "Hammer adventures" made at the time ("Captain Clegg", "Terror of the Tongs" and "Stranglers of Bombay"), this can only be considered a hugely missed opportunity.
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on 11 March 2014
Hammer are best known for there horror films made in the 1960's & 70's.
But they did venture into other genre's occasionally and in 1963 they made this "The Scarlet Blade" a historical drama set during the English Civil War AND put quite simply this is the BEST non-horror film they made, its also IMO the best film Oliver Reed starred in for Hammer ( I can only think of couple of others he did "Curse of the Werewolf, Brigand of Kandahar & The Damned ).
As I've previously stated Hammer did occasionally make other historical dramas BUT this one EASILY stands up there as THE BEST

If you like this film you might also consider getting George Baker's "The Moonraker" another Cavalier v Roundhead film made around the same time.
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on 28 February 2018
A lovely slice of Civil War history but not to be taken too seriously. Nice to see Ollie Reed in an earlier role.
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on 26 September 2014
Really 'hammy' acting on the whole but Oliver Reed is awesome as always. It is a very enjoyable romp.
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on 26 January 2016
Very pleased
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on 11 November 2014
Brilliant FILM, love [ June Thorburn ]
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on 8 January 2013
Nice quality and good value.I had not seen this film for many years,and it brought back many great childhood memories.
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on 10 July 2014
Great classic, pure escapism from the real world! The old ones are the best!
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on 31 December 2014
5 stars
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on 3 March 2012
Another long desired Hammer film for home video - finally replacing traded tv-recorded fan VHS tapes - and it is wonderfully restored - ratio and colors look fantastic. It includes the US-title credits sequence as an extra. This is a not well known Hammer historical drama, and you'll be pleasantly surprised how well it stacks up to THE PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER or A CHALLENGE FOR ROBIN HOOD. Like the recent issue of BRIGAND OF KANDAHAR, no trailer is included - a big mistake. Oh, well.
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