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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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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 »


When Henry says curtly that it is 8 o'clock and he must be getting back to Richmond the shadows are very short and it really is about 1pm. Next moment when Moore's wife complains to her husband "You crossed him!" the shadows are long and it must be evening. 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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One of the most intelligent and moving films ever
9 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

A Man For All Seasons is an erudite examination of the old Biblical maxim: a man cannot serve two masters. Sir Thomas More (poignantly portrayed by Paul Scofield) struggles to be true to both his faith and his monarch (the lusty and hearty King Henry VIII superbly played by Robert Shaw). I think it is difficult for citizens in our present secular society to truly understand just how central a role religion played in a man's life during the period of the film; it was an age of faith when Christianity exerted the most powerful of influences on one's thinking. On a side note, the American Republic wisely sought a nation that "divided church and state." However, the fine distinction remains that it would be a state informed by faith but not run by the church. The aforementioned exemplary performances by the leads are backed by excellent supporting turns, especially from Orson Welles as the less than saintly Cardinal Wolsey and the eternally ebullient Susannah York as Sir Thomas's daughter Margaret. This is a true masterpiece that richly deserves all the accolades and plaudits it has received.

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