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Man For All Seasons, A (1966)


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Three out of Five

Movie

Rating: G
Length: 120 minutes

Video

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Full Screen

Audio

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono

Captions

English

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Plot

Henry VIII wants to divorce his current wife, Katherine, for a younger woman who he hopes will bear him sons. To do this he must break with the Catholic Church in Rome and pretty much do things his only way in England. Doing this isn't enough, he wants everyone around him to agree that it's the right thing to do. Sir Thomas More, one of the county's most respected lawyers, cannot comply. Hence the struggle begins.

Pros

This is a film with a simple questions; how far would you be willing to go without compromising your principles. The dialogue is well written and delivered and for the most part, the acting is as strong. Paul Scofield was convincing in the lead role (fortunately Richard Burton turned it down) and Leo McKirn was perfect for the conniving power-hungry Cromwell. I love watching how the political scene and positioning was done at this time.

Cons

Robert Shaw's portrayal of the king was simply too over-the-top. Fortunately he doesn't spend much time on the screen but when he does, he's just too distracting. And as the movie progressed, it seemed to me that it became less and less about More's "princibled" stand and more of a "who's going to break first" contest between him and the king. And what's with the singing?

Extras

  • None

Recommendation

This is an entertaining movie shedding some light on how political games were played at that time. Most of the acting was top-notch and history fans should give this a try.

Director

Actors

Colin Blakely - Matthew
[The Pink Panther Strikes Again]
Nigel Davenport - The Duke of Norfolk
[Mary Queen of Scots]
Jack Gwillim - Chief Justice
[Clash of the Titans, Sink the Bismarck!]
Thomas Heathcote - Boatman
Wendy Hiller - Alice More
[The Elephant Man, Murder on the Orient Express]
John Hurt - Richard Rich
[Dead Man, Hellboy, Hellboy II, Indiana Jones IV, Owning Mahowny, Spaceballs, V for Vendetta]
Yootha Joyce - Averil Machin
Cyril Luckham - Archbishop Cranmer
Leo McKern - Thomas Cromwell
[Damien: Omen II, Ladyhawke, The Omen (1976)]
Anthony Nicholls - King's Representative
[The Omen (1976)]
Corin Redgrave - William Roper (the Younger)
[Excalibur]
Paul Scofield - Sir Thomas More
Robert Shaw - King Henry VIII
[Battle of Britain, Battle of the Bulge, Force 10 From Navarone, From Russia With Love, Jaws, The Sting]
Orson Welles - Cardinal Wolsey
[Citizen Kane, History of the World: Part I, The Third Man]
Susannah York - Margaret More
[Battle of Britain, Superman, Superman II]

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