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Prince of Foxes (1949)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 23 December 1949 (USA)
An unscrupulous agent for the Borgias suffers a change of heart when asked to betray a noble count and his much younger, very beautiful wife.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Milton Krims (screenplay), Samuel Shellabarger (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Andrea Orsini
Orson Welles ... Cesare Borgia
Wanda Hendrix ... Camilla Verano
Marina Berti ... Angela Borgia
Everett Sloane ... Mario Belli
Katina Paxinou ... Mona Constanza Zoppo
Felix Aylmer ... Count Marc Antonio Verano
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Storyline

In 1500, Duke Cesare Borgia hopes to marry his sister (widowed by poison) to the heir apparent of Ferrara, which impedes his conquest of central Italy. On this delicate mission he sends Andrea Orsini, his cousin Angela's lover and nearly as unscrupulous as himself. En route, Orsini meets Camilla Verano, wife of the count of Citta' del Monte (Borgia's next intended conquest); and sentiment threatens to turn him against his deadly master, whom no one betrays twice... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

23 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Samuel Shellabarger's Prince of Foxes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,550,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Citta del Monte is a fictional place. See more »

Goofs

This story takes place during the time of Cesare Borgia, who died in 1507; however, the first scene of the movie--which shows Borgia with other characters--takes place in a room decorated with a fresco of Saint Michael by Federico Zuccari, who was born around 1540, and who started to work in Rome during the reign of HH Pius IV (1559-1565). See more »

Quotes

Cesare Borgia: [to Orsini] But the great know only one law: the outcome justifies the act. Have you the stomach for greatness?
Andrea Orsini: The stomach and the appetite.
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All the elements
17 June 2016 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

This is a film with nearly all the elements to have been a great film, yet somehow it is merely good. We have the great Orson Welles during his "acting" career in Europe, and he is still young and full of vitality. His protegee Everett Sloan is there to support him and steal the scenes when he can, and Tyrone Power is at the top of his game, never more attractive nor more charming. We also have one of my favorite character actors, Felix Aylmer (Polonius in Olivier's "Hamlet").

The music and photography are excellent although this film could have benefited from Technicolor. And Director Henry King does his usual great job of giving us action as well as character development.

So where does it fall down? It's the female lead. She is terribly miscast and this fails to give us any real involvement at critical points.

If you like good acting, this film should be viewed.


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