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Release Date:
11 March 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
An age of rampant lusts, abandon, runaway passions. An age brought bristling to life by two of the most exciting stars of our time! See more »
Plot:
An English king comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 14 wins & 22 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
They Don't Come Any Better See more (94 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Burton ... Becket / Thomas Becket

Peter O'Toole ... His King / King Henry II

John Gielgud ... King Louis of France / King Louis VII of France
Gino Cervi ... the Cardinal / Cardinal Zambelli
Paolo Stoppa ... the Pope / Pope Alexander III

Donald Wolfit ... Bishop Folliot
David Weston ... Brother John
Martita Hunt ... Empress Matilda
Pamela Brown ... Queen Eleanor [of Aquitaine]

Percy Herbert ... Baron

Siân Phillips ... Gwendolen (as Sian Phillips)
Inigo Jackson ... Robert de Beaumont
Felix Aylmer ... Archbishop of Canterbury
Niall MacGinnis ... Baron
Christopher Rhodes ... Baron
John Phillips ... Bishop of Winchester
Frank Pettingell ... Bishop of York
Véronique Vendell ... French prostitute (as Veronique Vendell)

Jennifer Hilary ... Peasant's Daughter
David Davenport
Hamilton Dyce ... Bishop of Chichester
Peter Jeffrey ... Baron
Michael Miller ... Baron
Peter Prowse ... Baron
Jack Taylor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Anthony ... Courtier (uncredited)
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Brother Philip (uncredited)
Dave Clark ... Soldier (uncredited)
Ivor Dean ... Monk (uncredited)
Guy Deghy ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Paul Farrell ... Farmer (uncredited)
Laurie Heath ... Boy (uncredited)
Rose Howlett ... Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
Magda Konopka ... Girl on Balcony (uncredited)
Gerald Lawson ... English Peasant (uncredited)
Wilfrid Lawson ... Old Soldier (uncredited)
Paul Layton ... Boy (uncredited)
Tutte Lemkow ... French Courtier (uncredited)
Linda Marlowe ... Farmer's Daughter (uncredited)

John Moulder-Brown ... Boy (uncredited)
Patrick Newell ... William of Corbeil (uncredited)
Riggs O'Hara ... Prince Henry (uncredited)
Frederick Piper ... Monk (uncredited)
Steve Plytas ... Cardinal (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Alexander III (voice) (uncredited)
Alex Scott ... Priest (uncredited)
Terence Soall ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Victor Spinetti ... French Tailor (uncredited)
Graham Stark ... Pope's Secretary (uncredited)
Royston Tickner ... Royal Servant (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Congregation Member (at Bishops Service) (uncredited)

Edward Woodward ... Clement (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Glenville 
 
Writing credits
Jean Anouilh (play "Becket")

Lucienne Hill (play "Becket" as translated by)

Edward Anhalt (screenplay)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer (as Hal Wallis)
Joseph H. Hazen .... executive producer (uncredited)
Peter O'Toole .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Laurence Rosenthal 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
 
Casting by
Sally Nicholl 
 
Production Design by
John Bryan 
 
Art Direction by
Maurice Carter 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Cartwright (set decorations)
Patrick McLoughlin (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Margaret Furse 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist
Charles E. Parker .... makeup artist (as Charles Parker)
Joan Smallwood .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Denis Holt .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colin M. Brewer .... assistant director (as Colin Brewer)
 
Art Department
Ferdinand Bellan .... scenic artist
Albert Blackshaw .... construction manager
Alan Evans .... scenic artist
Jack Maxsted .... assistant art director
W. Simpson Robinson .... scenic artist
Gilbert Wood .... scenic artist
Peter Mullins .... props (uncredited)
Alan Roderick-Jones .... junior draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound (as A.W. Ambler)
Bob Jones .... sound (as Robert Jones)
Winston Ryder .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Alan Maley .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Day .... camera operator
Maurice Gillett .... supervising electrician (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Wilson-Apperson .... wardrobe master (as John W. Apperson)
Evelyn Gibbs .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Muir Mathieson .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Phyllis Crocker .... continuity
Richard McWhorter .... assistant to producer
David Merrick .... producer: New York stage play
Mike Maidlin .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and violence
Runtime:
148 min | Argentina:150 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-16 | Hungary:14 | Iceland:16 | Portugal:17 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (2007) | USA:Not Rated | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:16

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As soon as production had wrapped, Roger Corman arranged with the producers to leave some of the sets standing; he then moved in and filmed "Tomb of Ligeia," thus giving the thriller a far grander look than it might have had on a typical AIP budget.See more »
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Anachronisms: In the excommunication scene, which took place in 1164, the monks are chanting the Dies Irae, a hymn said to have been composed by Thomas of Celano, who lived from 1200-1260. The hymn is also heard in the opening scene as Henry walks through the cathedral, which would have been in 1173.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
King Henry II:Well, Thomas Becket. Are you satisfied? Here I am, stripped, kneeling at your tomb, while those treacherous Saxon monks of yours are getting ready to thrash me. Me - with my delicate skin. I bet you'd never have done the same for me. But - I suppose I have to do this penance and make my peace with you...
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37 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
They Don't Come Any Better, 21 February 2008
Author: alexkolokotronis from Queens, New York

Becket is one of my favorite movies. It is possibly the most underrated movie of all time and I consider it one of the top five greatest movies. It has everything for everyone and is done at such a high level too. The center point of this movie is definitely its writing.

The writing by Edward Anhalt is the best I have ever seen and that is no exaggeration. Line after line I was just in awe. Every line had so much meaning and just made more and more anxious on what would happen next. It was funny, witty, intelligent and serious all at the same time. I have never seen such an amazing blend of so many different themes and working so greatly. This is usually how movies falter not succeed but this movie was like five movies mixed into one yet very enjoyable mostly in part of the writing. Many people like to memorize lines from the Godfather series, but I believe this movie contains so much more than even the Godfather. The Godfather is more like one of those quote pamphlets with 10-15 pages. Becket is not just like but really seems to be a quote book with a couple of 100 pages filled with quotes. Still this movie was not done to impress with just good lines it has a real story to it. The story was so amazingly strung together along with its amazing quotes this script seems to be absolutely perfect.

The acting was at its best. Peter O'Toole gave a performance only second to his performance in Lawrence of Arabia. He displayed everything that a king has especially that of Henry II. He displayed the immaturity, the constant swaying of opinion according to how he feels and at the same the stubbornness that a king has not accepting what anyone else has to say, except for his close friend Thomas Becket, at least for a while. He portrayed such a complex and just down right strange character. Then there is Richard Burton who was nothing short of greatness either giving one of his best performances as well. He of course plays Thomas Becket who reluctantly stands up to his friend and his king, Henry II in the name of equality and for basic civil and human rights. His performance was the most inspiring performance I have seen from Richard Burton. In the movie he has surprised at his own transformation but yet proud of what he was doing because it is the right thing to do. Yet there is still more. John Gieglud gave a great supporting performance as King Louis the VII of France. He just added to the laughs and provided a much needed extra character and voice to add something a little different and gave some diversity as well. I believe he was very much overlooked for such a great performance, this not too shocking though when you are playing next to Burton and O'toole. As they say in sports he was the X-factor.

The directing and editing was also add its height. The directing by Peter Glenville was just spectacular when it came to art direction and costumes to the camera shots of the castles and ceremonies all the way back around to the cinematography. I have read that nobody knows how good a movie was edited except for the editor and director. In this case you can clearly see that this movie was edited together perfectly, with its great music and sound effects to stringing together all the scenes together to near perfection.

It is so clear that this movie was worked on very carefully and precisely and was not made just to make money but to provide a message and a purpose. It is just a sham that this movie lost best picture to My Fair Lady in a year that had so many great movies including Zorba the Greek, Dr. Strangelove, Fail-Safe, The Pawnbroker to even Mary Poppins. Yet Becket seems to have everything that undoubtedly what those great movies have in every technical aspect but most importantly in the multiple messages and themes that it has making it one of the best to have ever been conceived.

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