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A Man for All Seasons (1966)

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The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage.



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Won 6 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chief Justice
Thomas Heathcote ...
Averil Machin
King's Representative


The story takes place in 16th century England. But men like Sir Thomas More, who love life yet have the moral fiber to lay down their lives for their principles, are found in every century. Concentrating on the last seven years of English chancellor's life, the struggle between More and his King, Henry VIII, hinges on Henry's determination to break with Rome so he can divorce his current wife and wed again, and good Catholic More's inability to go along with such heresy. More resigns as chancellor, hoping to be able to live out his life as a private citizen. But Henry will settle for nothing less than that the much respected More give public approval to his headstrong course. Written by alfiehitchie

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His silence was more powerful than words. See more »


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Release Date:

3 May 1967 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de dos reinos  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Shaw was paid just $15,000, a big drop from the $350,000 he had earned on Battle of the Bulge (1965) the previous year, but he also received 2.5% of the profits. See more »


Wolsey says it is known that Catherine (of Aragon) was barren, or infertile. In fact by this point she had given birth several times, including to the future Mary Tudor, Queen of England, though there were no other surviving children. See more »


[first lines]
[first spoken lines are over 6 minutes into the film]
Man: ...there's the country every second bastard born is fathered by a priest.
Matthew: [clears throat to get More's attention]
Man: Why, in Utopia, that couldn't be.
Man: But why?
Man: Well, there the priests are very holy.
Man: Therefore, very few.
Sir Thomas More: Is it anything interesting, Matthew?
Matthew: Bless you, sir, I don't know.
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A Protest
14 October 2004 | by (Bellevue, Washington) – See all my reviews

It is a travesty that this film is not in the top 250. Something is very very wrong with rating system that says The Big Lebowski is a better film.

I can't add anything to what has already been said about A Man for All Seasons. Unquestionably one of the greatest films of all time, and stands the test of time. It will be revered as a great film 100 years from now. Will Lebowski? Doubt it. Winner of nearly every award it was nominated for. Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, etc. One of the few movies that makes my whole being vibrate when I watch it. I am moved to tears in almost every scene because the scene is executed so perfectly.

Please IMDb, this must give you pause. Any system that does not put this film in the top 100 borders on insanity or uselessness.

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