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Alfred the Great
Directed by Clive Donner
Produced by Bernard Smith
Written by James R. Webb
Ken Taylor
Starring David Hemmings
Michael York
Prunella Ransome
Colin Blakely
Ian McKellen
Peter Vaughan
Alan Dobie
Julian Glover
Jim Norton
John Rees
Christopher Timothy
Music by Raymond Leppard
Cinematography Alex Thomson
Editing by Fergus McDonell
Distributed by MGM Pictures
Release date(s) July 14, 1969
Running time 122 min.
Country  United Kingdom
Language English

Alfred the Great is a 1969 epic film which portrayed Alfred the Great's struggle to rid Wessex of the invading Danes, in the 870s AD. It starred David Hemmings in the title role.


Alfred is preparing to join the priesthood, but, angered by the invasion his country by the Danes, he puts aside his religious vows to lead the West Saxon English against the invaders. Alfred defeats the Danes and becomes an English hero. However, although Alfred still desires to join the priesthood, he is pulled between serving God and his lust for blood. After he marries the beautiful Aelhswith (Prunella Ransome), the Danes return and Alfred must muster the English forces once again for a final battle, but he also must battle the dark conflicts within his own soul.

The film was partly shot in Castlehackett, Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland.


A vast amount of money was spent on the exact replication of every aspect of the ninth century it depicted, turning some corners of County Galway into Wessex, including etching a 200-feet long white horse into the hill at Knockma.

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