The Moonraker

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This article is about the British swashbuckler film of 1958. For other uses, see Moonraker (disambiguation).
The Moonraker
British cinema poster
Directed by David MacDonald
Produced by Hamilton G. Inglis
Written by Arthur Watkin (play)
Robert Hall
Wilfred Eades
Alistair Bell
Starring George Baker
Sylvia Syms
Marius Goring
Music by Laurie Johnson
Cinematography Mutz Greenbaum
Edited by Richard Best
Distributed by Associated British-Pathé
Release date
22 May 1958
Running time
82 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Moonraker is a British swashbuckler film released in 1958 and set in the English Civil War. It was directed by David MacDonald and starred George Baker, Sylvia Syms, Marius Goring, Gary Raymond, Peter Arne, John Le Mesurier and Patrick Troughton.

The film depicts a fictionalised account of the escape of Charles II, arranged by a foppish royalist nobleman, the Earl of Dawlish, who leads a double life as a roundhead-baiting highwayman called "The Moonraker", who already has helped more than thirty royalists to escape to France.


After the Battle of Worcester at the end of the Second English Civil War, the main aim of General Oliver Cromwell (John Le Mesurier) is to capture Charles Stuart (Gary Raymond), son of the executed Charles I. However, the dashing Royalist hero nicknamed "the Moonraker" (George Baker) prepares to smuggle him to safety in France, under the noses of Cromwell's soldiers. According to the story, the hero is called "the Moonraker" after the smuggler term, Moonrakers, sometimes claimed to hide contraband in the village pond and to rake it out by moonlight.


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