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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 »
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Towering performances by 2 actors at the zenith of their powers. See more (93 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)
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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Trivia:
Peter O'Toole's crown was made of cardboard.See more »
Goofs:
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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43 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Towering performances by 2 actors at the zenith of their powers., 13 June 2004
Author: edward-speiran (edward.speiran@verizon.net) from Brooklyn, New York

My comments here tend to be Misremembrances of things past. I know I saw "Becket" decades ago while I must have been suffering from a periodic bout of reviling Richard Burton. Having recently seen "Cleopatra" again, I will forgive myself. Still, there are movies that I've enjoyed - "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" and "The Night of the Iguana", to name 2 - so I thought I'd give "Becket" another try.

Historical movies are among my favorites, although the IMDB parameter of not spoiling restricts me from discussing plot. But this is a movie that made me click on here to see who directed it...since directing Burton and O'Toole must have been like being a meterologist tracking a tornado and a hurricane. Their synergy is astounding...but whereas O'Toole launches himself on occassion into a thespian stratosphere it is Burton's performance that is incandescent. There are scenes..."inner monologues" - queries to God, where the ribald Burton is transformed into a man illuminated by a spiritual puzzle - he cannot believe that he is becoming who he is becoming - and it is Burton's challenge to share that bewilderment with us.

Well, I'm comforted that I can now stretch the glory days of historical film-making at least to "Becket." Any film in which John Gielgud, Martita Hunt, Felix Aylmer and Pamela Brown are "supporting" - how do I put it, "supporting" performances such as these are most other actors' triumphs. The costumes and sets are sumptous. Finis.

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