Royal Flash

This movie is an adaptation of the second book in the Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser. This is an OK adaptation, but knowledge of the books would be a big help. Fraser was a British historian (he died early this year) and his books are full of British history. The Flashman books are written in the form of a series of memoirs by Sir Harry Flashman (fictional) about his service to the crown during the 19th century. Flashman is a cad, a bully, a womanizer, and a coward, but somehow he always gets out of the most dangerous situations (usually by running away) and seems to be a hero. So I would suggest reading the first two books in the series first - then see the movie.

 

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