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The Exile

Released Oct 17, 1947 1h 35m Adventure List
Reviews 69% Audience Score 100+ Ratings In 17th-century England, Charles II (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.), the rightful heir to the kingdom, is driven from his country by militants working for rogue leader Oliver Cromwell. Charles ends up in the Netherlands, where he falls for local beauty Katie (Paule Croset) and spends his days happily in the quiet countryside. Unfortunately, Cromwell's associate Col. Ingram (Henry Daniell) and his men track Charles down, and the would-be monarch must resort to swashbuckling his way to freedom. Read More Read Less

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James Agee TIME Magazine The script ... has a charming, blank-verse hauteur that just possibly may be a bit asinine-but the direction saves the day by insisting on a witty, natural reading. Mar 2, 2018 Full Review Virginia Graham The Spectator The Exile, which [Douglas Fairbanks] has both written and produced... is one of the least convincing and least entertaining bits of history it has ever been my misfortune to see. Jun 19, 2018 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Engaging breezy cloak and sword adventure film. Rated: B- Jan 7, 2015 Full Review Sean Axmaker Parallax View ...while Fairbanks lunges and leaps, Ophuls choreographs the crowd scenes to give the film a scope the belies the budget and a grace lacking in most such adventure films. Feb 19, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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StephenPaul C The greatest 01 hour: and 35 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/05/23 Full Review Audience Member awesome costume drama Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I was wicked sleepy while watching this, so maybe it's better than I'm giving it credit for. It also got a little round of applause from the blue hairs and such following the screening at the Siskel (then again, that crowd claps a lot, never more so than when they've just seen a film almost as old as they are... zing!). I said I thought "The Reckless Moment" didn't necessarily seem like material ideally suited to Ophuls' sensibility. Well, obviously, I hadn't seen this yet. The palace intrigue part fits well enough with Ophuls' keen understanding of the bourgeoisie, but a swashbuckling action adventure? That sounds more like a Michael Curtiz flick, and this film was probably trying to recapture the audience of "The Adventures of Robin Hood." Anyway, it's all professionally accomplished, and Fairbanks Jr. mostly does his father proud, though he's not exactly Jackie Chan. Montez is amusing as a Garbo-esque aristocrat. And Corday is lovely playing a kind of earth mother that Fairbanks falls for immediately. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Incredibly fun excuse for Douglas Fairbanks Jr. to jump around and swing through windows and flirt with cute little Dutch women. Some really cheesily wonderful cross cutting and extended fight scenes. All transformed from B-movie status by the skill of Max Ophuls. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member The Exile, equal parts romance, comedy, and adventure, is really charming. I really liked Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and thought the script which he wrote for the film was really nice. In this film, which had a certain refined hollywood sensibility, I thought Ophuls again shined. The director or The Bourne Ultimatum should have watched this film first so he knew how to film action in an intelligible and still exciting way. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In 17th-century England, Charles II (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.), the rightful heir to the kingdom, is driven from his country by militants working for rogue leader Oliver Cromwell. Charles ends up in the Netherlands, where he falls for local beauty Katie (Paule Croset) and spends his days happily in the quiet countryside. Unfortunately, Cromwell's associate Col. Ingram (Henry Daniell) and his men track Charles down, and the would-be monarch must resort to swashbuckling his way to freedom.
Director
Max Ophuls
Producer
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Screenwriter
Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Cosmo Hamilton
Distributor
Universal Pictures
Production Co
Universal International Pictures
Genre
Adventure
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 17, 1947, Original
Runtime
1h 35m