Watch The Prisoner of Zenda, Inc.
- 1 hr 40 min
The Prisoner of Zenda, Inc. is a 1996 satirical comedy film directed by Stefan Scaini and starring Jonathan Jackson, Jay Brazeau, and Richard Lee Jackson. The movie is loosely based on the classic adventure novel "The Prisoner of Zenda" by Anthony Hope. The story follows a young marketing executive, John Maddelein (Jonathan Jackson), who is sent to the small European country of Zenda by his boss, J.J. Steedman (Jay Brazeau), to oversee the launch of a new energy drink. However, when John arrives in Zenda, he is mistaken for the missing prince of the country, Rudolf V, who is due to be crowned king in a few days. To complicate matters further, the prince's evil brother, Prince Michael (Jay Brazeau), is plotting to seize the throne and John finds himself caught up in a dangerous game of political intrigue and power struggle. With the help of Rudolf's loyal bodyguard, Rupert of Hentzau (Richard Lee Jackson), John decides to impersonate the prince and take his place at the coronation ceremony. However, things don't go according to plan and John finds himself in a series of hilarious and dangerous situations as he tries to keep up the charade. As John gets more involved in the politics of Zenda, he starts to question his own values and beliefs. He becomes increasingly conflicted about whether to stick to his original goal of promoting the energy drink or to help the people of Zenda to fight for their rightful king. John also has to deal with his growing attraction to Princess Flavia (Meghan Ory), the beautiful and intelligent fiancÃ© of Rudolf V. The Prisoner of Zenda, Inc. is a fast-paced, witty, and entertaining film that combines elements of adventure, romance, and satire. The movie has some memorable and funny moments, such as the scene where John tries to navigate a formal ball while wearing a sword or the time when he accidentally drinks a potion that makes him speak in tongues. The film also features some excellent performances by the cast, particularly Jonathan Jackson as John. Jackson brings a great deal of energy, charm, and humor to the role, making John a likable and relatable character. Richard Lee Jackson also gives a strong performance as Rupert, bringing a sense of loyalty and honor to the character. Overall, The Prisoner of Zenda, Inc. is a fun and enjoyable film that will appeal to fans of adventure comedies. While the movie may not be the most faithful adaptation of the original novel, it manages to capture the spirit of the story and turn it into a modern satire that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.