The Prisoner of Zenda

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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 honor, and enjoy life at its zaniest.


  • Peter Sellers – Rudolf IV / Rudolf V / Syd Frewin
  • Lionel Jeffries – General Sapt
  • Lynne Frederick – Princess Flavia
  • Elke Sommer – Nathalie, Countess Montparnasse
  • Gregory Sierra – Gilles, Count Montparnasse
  • Simon Williams – Fritz
  • Jeremy Kemp – Prince Michael
  • Catherine Schell – Antoinette
  • Stuart Wilson – Rupert of Hentzau
  • John Laurie – Archbishop
  • Graham Stark – Erik

Anthony Hope published this tale in an 1894 novel. It has been made into a movie ot television show at least last 8 times, the earliest in 1913! In this one, Peter Sellers does what he does best, play multiple characters to wonderful effect!

The Prisoner of Zenda at Internet Movie Database

WikiPedia: The Prisoner of Zenda (1979 film)

WikiPedia: The Prisoner of Zenda (novel)