The Prince and the Pauper
Meet Prince Edward, who longs to escape from his merciless father, King Henry Vlll. Meanwhile, young pauper Tom dreams of a better life away from his abusive alcoholic father. Little do the boys know that their paths are about to cross and they will each be presented with an opportunity to leave their old life behind.
Following a freak meeting, the two boys strike up a friendship and realize an uncanny physical similarity. Intrigued by the possibility to abandon their current existence, the pair change clothes, and also lives, in a quest for happiness. However they soon realize that neither boy had things any easier and now must try to reunite and exchange identities to prevent corruption in the royal kingdom!
This film boasts some fine actors, including the late Alan Bates, Aidan Quinn, and Jonathan Hyde. The movie, based on Mark Twain’s short story, works quite well. Prince Edward Tudor is tired of living a life of finery and wants to live the life of a normal boy for a time and play in the mud. He comes across a poor lad, Tom Canty, who is identical to him! They switch places and the adventure begins for both. Interestingly enough, real life twin brothers Jonathan and Robert Timmins play Prince Edward and Tom. The storyline is tight, the acting very good, and it is entertaining. It is recommended for ages twelve and up as there is some mild violence in the film, including a man being stabbed and some people who are burned at the stake, although the viewer only sees the beginning of the fire.