The Prisoner of Zenda

The Prisoner of Zenda (1979)

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
  • Release Date: 1979-08-17
  • User Rating: 5.7/10 from 32 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 48min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Universal Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Richard Quine
star 5.7/10
From 32 Ratings


Anthony Hope's classic tale gets a decidedly 'un-classic' treatment at the hands of Peter Sellers. Following the story somewhat, friends of the new King Rudolph of Ruritania fear for his life, and switch him with a look-a-like London cabby. Throw in two(!) lovely blondes, treachery, and a battle for life and honour, and enjoy life at its zaniest.

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  • Peter Sellers

    as Rudolf IV/Rudolf V/Sidney Frewin
  • Stuart Wilson

    as Rupert
  • Lynne Frederick

    as Princess Flavia
  • Elke Sommer

    as Countess Montparnasse
  • Gregory Sierra

    as Count Montparnasse
  • Catherine Schell

    as Mauban
  • Jeremy Kemp

    as Duke Michael
  • John Laurie

    as Archbishop
  • Ian Abercrombie

    as Johann
  • Simon Williams

  • Lionel Jeffries

    as Colonel Zapt
  • Michael Balfour

  • Graham Stark

  • Michael Segal

  • Arthur Howard

  • Norman Rossington

  • Brendan Dillon

    as Joseph (uncredited)
Writing Dick Clement Screenplay
Camera Arthur Ibbetson Director of Photography
Directing Richard Quine Director
Production Walter Mirisch Executive Producer
Writing Ian La Frenais Screenplay
Editing Byron 'Buzz' Brandt Editor
Writing Anthony Hope Novel
Sound Henry Mancini Original Music Composer
Art Marc E. Meyer Jr. Set Decoration
Art John J. Lloyd Production Design
Art Joe Chevalier Set Decoration
Production Lesley De Pettit Casting
Costume & Make-Up Sue Yelland Costume Design
Art Herwig Libowitzky Art Direction
Directing David Tomblin Second Unit Director