To Kill a King

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To Kill a King
(Cromwell & Fairfax)
To Kill a King.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Mike Barker
Produced by Kevin Loader
Written by Jenny Mayhew
Starring Tim Roth
Dougray Scott
Olivia Williams
James Bolam
Rupert Everett
Music by Richard G Mitchell
Cinematography Eigil Bryld
Edited by Guy Bensley
Distributed by FilmFour Productions
Release dates
  • 16 May 2003 (2003-05-16)
Running time 94 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $US14,300,000 (estimated)

To Kill a King is a 2003 English Civil War film starring Tim Roth, Rupert Everett and Dougray Scott, directed by Mike Barker. It relates the relationship between Oliver Cromwell and Thomas Fairfax in the post-war period from 1648 until the former's death, in 1658. It deals with the corruption of Parliament leading to many arrests of Members of Parliament who have allegiances to the King, and in turn, leads to the creation of the Rump Parliament. Furthermore, King Charles I's conspiracies to remain as King are uncovered leading to his arrest, trial and execution at Whitehall in January 1649. Cromwell then becomes Lord Protector.


At the end of The English Civil War, Sir Thomas Fairfax (Dougray Scott) celebrates the Parliamentarian victory over the royalist Cavaliers with his colleague and fellow commander, Oliver Cromwell (Tim Roth). Meanwhile, King Charles I (Rupert Everett), who has been captured and is held prisoner by the victors, tries to appeal to Fairfax's wife, Lady Anne (Olivia Williams). Soon, the trial of the king takes place, and Cromwell & Fairfax disagree over what to do, and from there, tensions rise.



Filming was in Britain and at locations including Kent's Dover Castle (doubling as the Tower of London) and Penshurst Place[1] as well as Harrow School, Ham House, and Hampton Court Palace.


To Kill a King was nominated for three awards.


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