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Becket -- For the first time in more than 40 years, experience two of the greatest actors of our time in one of the most honored motion pictures in history. Peter O'Toole delivers an electrifying performance as the mischievous Henry II, who surprises England by naming his fellow rogue and trusted valet Thomas Becket (Richard Burton in a career defining role) as Chancellor.

But when Henry next appoints him Archbishop Of Canterbury, Becket shocks the world by openly defying the King with his newfound faith and compassion. Will a desperate ruler now destroy a beloved friend to save his splintering kingdom? John Gielgud co-stars in this stunning epic based on the Broadway sensation and brought to the screen by Hal Wallis, the legendary producer of ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS, TRUE GRIT and CASABLANCA.
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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:
A fine piece of filmmaking! See more (98 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)
Peter MacDonald .... focus puller (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 (2007)
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 (certificate #43577) (2007) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
This film met with the approbation of Jean Anouilh who - up till that point - hadn't been very impressed with adaptations of his work.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Contrary to one of the film's central plot lines, Thomas Becket was a Norman (Thomas Bequet), not a Saxon. Jean Anouilh admitted he discovered this after having finished his play, having based it on the outdated 1825 work "The History of the Conquest of England by the Normans", by Augustin Thierry; but he decided that it made a better story the way he had written it.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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31 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A fine piece of filmmaking!, 11 May 1999
Author: andy-227 from Sterling Heights, Michigan

What p****s me off about this film is that it, like "Metropolis", is a forgotten one. Why? Why is it that everything has to be razzle-dazzle eye candy, instead of a subtle, beautiful, fine piece of craftsmanship and storytelling. "Becket" was tough to watch, because of all the grain and clicks on the neglected print. But past all of the distortion of a neglected print, I found a very remarkable and exquisite achievement that ranks among some of the best films ever made! The craftsmanship is just the beginning! It gets better! Peter O'Toole, who ironically, played Henry II years later in "A Lion in Winter", does a superb job. He's so angry, volatile, and above all, whiny. When I saw the Disney version on "Robin Hood", with Peter Ustinov playing the voice of the whiny Prince John, I felt it was directly inspired by Peter O'Toole's Henry II! He was so good at being a great whiner. And Richard Burton, as Thomas Becket, looks so reserved, strong, and reverent, as a friend of Henry II who's faith and belief in God and serving the people, brings a rift in their friendship. I also felt bad that not only was this a crappy print, but also that the beautiful photography seemed so small on the TV. This is the kind of film that needs to be seen on the big screen in order to fully appreciate it. I hope that this gets some more respect and popularity, because it needs it and it has deserved it for years!

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