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The Ceremony of Innocence 

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Episode credited cast:
Richard Kiley ... King Ethelred
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Broderick ... Sussex
Larry Gates ... Earl of Kent
Robert Gerringer ... Bishop Aelfhun
Ernest Graves Ernest Graves ... King Sweyn
Howard Green Howard Green ... Thorkill
John Horn John Horn ... Edmund
Elizabeth Hubbard Elizabeth Hubbard ... Queen Emma
Jessie Royce Landis ... Queen Mother Alfreda
Michael Lombard ... Abbot
Gilmer McCormick Gilmer McCormick ... Princess Thulja
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1970 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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What if they gave a war and nobody came?
7 October 2003 | by DPintarSee all my reviews

No other play better reflects the moral ambiguity of war than Ribman's Ceremony of Innocence.The drama of why we fight and why we cannot stop fighting is painfully depicted.And it poses the question:What should I do?What could I do?

Historically accurate,the play lets you be the judge of King Ethelred of England.Was he showing weakness or strength in trying to avoid war with the Danes?

Kiley is excellent as Ethelred.The pressure from those around him to go to war is tremendous but the King also realizes that unless the wars stop there will be endless killing and destruction. This movie should be required viewing for every high school student in the country.


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