Tells how King Henry VIII came to marry five more times after his divorce from his first wife.

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This movie tells the story of King Henry VIII and the last five of his six wives. Set almost entirely within the royal castle, it begins just before the death of his second wife (Anne Boleyn) and ends just after his sixth wedding (to Catherine or Katherine Parr). Written by Anonymous

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HE GAVE HIS WIVES A PAIN IN THE NECK And did his necking with an axe. Henry, the Eighth Wonder of the World! And this picture...the wonder of all time! See more »


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21 September 1933 (USA)  »

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Das Privatleben Heinrichs VIII.  »

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£60,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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At the time, period films were considered to be box office poison, so Alexander Korda found it to be a real struggle raising the £60,000 necessary. See more »

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Anne of Cleves compares Henry to the legend of Bluebeard, a literary work not known to exist before 1697. See more »

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[Henry's fourth wedding night]
King Henry VIII: [shouting] Ah, what am I, what am I going to do with you!
Anne of Cleves: Chop my head?
King Henry VIII: Probably.
Anne of Cleves: You daren't.
King Henry VIII: Why not?
Anne of Cleves: Because in Europe I will make such a scandal as you never heard. Not the first time you have chopped the head. Henry the wife-butcher, that's what they will call you!
King Henry VIII: I don't care what they say, I'm not going to live with you!
Anne of Cleves: Well, why don't you divorce me, like a gentleman?
King Henry VIII: You would consent to a divorce?
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dated early sound production redeemed by its leading man
27 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So persuasive was Charles Laughton in his first major role that he defined for all time our image of the famous English monarch with the perennial marriage problems: regal in bearing, arrogant in manner, stuffing himself on roasted fowl and tossing the bones haughtily over each shoulder. The film was a huge success both at home and abroad (it was the first British production ever to win a sizable American audience), most likely because of Laughton's entertaining portrait of the king, ascribing to Henry the petulance and charm of a precocious child. The temperamental actor took the role in his teeth and ran away with it, winning international acclaim and a Best Actor Oscar. And yet for all its flamboyance his performance is also surprisingly sympathetic, revealing the aging king as a lonely man unable to find the simple happiness he desperately craved, and in the end wistfully accepting the nagging, maternal attentions of his sixth and final wife. The elegant settings and costumes were achieved on an amazingly small budget, but the static camera and sometimes primitive dialogue should be forgiven as typical artifacts of the early sound era.


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