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The Lost Prince (2003)

The true story of the British royal prince locked away because of having epilepsy.

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Stephen Poliakoff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Williams ... Prince John (younger)
Matthew James Thomas ... Prince John (older) (as Matthew Thomas)
Brock Everitt-Elwick Brock Everitt-Elwick ... Prince George (younger)
Rollo Weeks ... Prince George (older)
Gina McKee ... Lalla
Tom Hollander ... George V
Miranda Richardson ... Queen Mary
Bill Nighy ... Stamfordham
Bibi Andersson ... Queen Alexandra
Ron Cook ... Lloyd George
Frank Finlay ... Asquith
David Westhead ... Fred
John Sessions ... Mr. Hansell
Michael Gambon ... Edward VII
David Barrass David Barrass ... Kaiser Wilhelm
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Storyline

British empire monarch George V and his wife Queen Mary decide to hide their last-born son, Johnnie, from the public, being embarrassingly affected by epilepsy. While his protective elder brother is ruthlessly groomed for court life, Johnnie gets packed off to a country cottage on the royal estate Sandringham. With his full-time governess Lalla, a substitute-mother, he's abandoned to playfulness and virtual social neglect. The Great War and the Russian Revolution change life in Britain, also at court, even at Sandringham, where royal refugees are expected. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The heartbreaking story of the prince that history forgot

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

BBc [UK] | PBS

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El príncipe perdido See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ingeborga Dapkunaite would later reprise her role as Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna in the Russian miniseries, Grigori R. See more »

Goofs

When Prince George mentions after the war ends that the exiled Kaiser and Austrian emperor can visit Prince John, two old men who are supposed to be Wilhelm II and Franz Josef are shown in their imagination. Franz Josef had died in 1916 and the exiled Austrian emperor was Charles who would have been aged 30 at the time. See more »

Quotes

[When the Romanovs are in England, the Tsar and Tsarina are walking in the garden with George V and Mary of Teck]
Tsarina Alexandra: [stops walking] No, I've to stop I'm afraid. I've the wrong shoes.
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Connections

Featured in Prince John: The Windsors' Tragic Secret (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 7, PocoSostenuto
(uncredited)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar (as Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra) and János Ferencsik
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Touching movie that plays like a post-card version of your high school history classes
15 October 2003 | by Eric-1226See all my reviews

(Aired over two nights this week on the Canadian station, CBUT, which we get here in Seattle...)

Superbly photographed and exquisitely acted, this movie primarily focuses on England's Prince John, youngest son of George V and Queen Mary who, in his tragically short life, suffered not only from periodic epileptic seizures but was also handicapped by what appeared to be some form of retarded mental development.

The creators of this film were kindly and charitable in not showing the boy's ailments in too negative a light. Enough was shown though to give the viewer to understand that the poor lad had problems - so much so that his immediate family and caretakers felt that he clearly wasn't cut out for royal service. As a result he was whisked away to a sort of royal "nether-world" out in the English countryside, away from public view, where hopefully he would not become an object of curiosity, scorn, ridicule, etc.

Sad though the plight of the boy was, you couldn't help but feel that he and his dysfunctional condition was a metaphor for the plight of the entire royal or aristocratic system which held sway over most all of Europe at the time. The boy's ailments and weaknesses eventually lead to his downfall, and all of this plays out simultaneously with the royal families of Europe (most of whom are shown being connected through marriage or bloodline) attempting to cope – quite ineffectually – with the onslaught of the tragedy of World War One.

The film includes several scenes of interaction between the British royal family and the Russian royal family (the Czar and Czarina and their wonderful kids). They are closely related, which makes their death (or shall we say murder, at the hands of the Bolsheviks, which is graphically depicted) all the more chilling, tragic and thought provoking.

There is so much to contemplate in this movie that I'd rather not sit here and prattle on about it, but instead would rather simply recommend that people go rent a copy and just watch it. It may not be for everyone, as it is a bit long and covers many facets of early 20th century history that will glide right over your head if you weren't paying attention in history class. But even if you ignore entirely the historical aspects of the movie, it is nonetheless a very touching picture: sad, compelling, and ultimately life-affirming, with wonderful performances and beautifully photographed images that will stick in your mind for a long time to come.


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