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A Man for All Seasons -- Dramatic depiction of the conflict between Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More. Winner of six Oscars(r), including Best Picture (1966), best director (Fred Zinnemann), and best actor (Paul Scofield).
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Robert Bolt (from the play by)
Robert Bolt (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 May 1967 (France) See more »
...a motion picture for all times!
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won 6 Oscars. Another 29 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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powerful and misunderstood study of identity See more (162 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Scofield ... Thomas More

Wendy Hiller ... Alice

Leo McKern ... Cromwell

Robert Shaw ... Henry VIII

Orson Welles ... Cardinal Wolsey

Susannah York ... Margaret

Nigel Davenport ... Duke of Norfolk

John Hurt ... Rich

Corin Redgrave ... Roper
Colin Blakely ... Matthew

Cyril Luckham ... Archbishop Cranmer

Jack Gwillim ... Chief Justice
Thomas Heathcote ... Boatman
Yootha Joyce ... Averil Machin
Anthony Nicholls ... King's Representative
John Nettleton ... Jailer
Eira Heath ... Matthew's Wife
Molly Urquhart ... Maid
Paul Hardwick ... Courtier
Michael Latimer ... Norfolk's Aide
Philip Brack ... Captain of Guard
Martin Boddey ... Governor of Tower
Eric Mason ... Executioner
Matt Zimmerman ... Messenger

Vanessa Redgrave ... Anne Boleyn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raymond Adamson ... (uncredited)
Trevor Baxter ... 1st Man (uncredited)
Sylvia Bidmead ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Jack Bligh ... Old Man in Scene 33 (uncredited)
Bridget Brice ... Young Woman (uncredited)

Jan Carey ... 2nd Girl (uncredited)
Gladys Dawson ... Old Woman (uncredited)
Edwin Finn ... 1st Scholar (uncredited)
Laura Graham ... 4th Girl (uncredited)
Raymond Graham ... Academic (uncredited)
Gay Hamilton ... 2nd Handmaiden / 3rd Girl (uncredited)
Fiona Hartford ... 1st Girl / 1st Handmaiden (uncredited)
Drewe Henley ... (uncredited)
Walter Horsbrugh ... 2nd High Court Judge (uncredited)
Ross Hutchinson ... 4th Courier (uncredited)
Donald Layne-Smith ... 2nd Scholar (uncredited)
Graham Leaman ... 1st Monk (uncredited)
Patrick Marley ... 2nd Monk (uncredited)
Julie Martin ... 2nd Maid (uncredited)
Robert Mill ... Servant (uncredited)
Robert Morris ... Gentleman Usher (uncredited)
Arnold Peters ... 6th Courier (uncredited)
Christine Pollon ... 1st Woman (uncredited)

Arnold Ridley ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Iain Sinclair ... 3rd Man (uncredited)

Nick Tate ... Master At Arms (uncredited)
Michael Wade ... 2nd servant / 2nd Young Man (uncredited)
Gina Warwick ... 3rd Handmaiden (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
Writing credits
Robert Bolt (from the play by)

Robert Bolt (screenplay)

Produced by
William N. Graf .... executive producer
Fred Zinnemann .... producer
Original Music by
Georges Delerue (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Ted Moore (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Ralph Kemplen 
Casting by
Robert Lennard (casting)
Production Design by
John Box 
Art Direction by
Terence Marsh 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup
Helene Bevan .... hairdresser (as Helen Bevan)
Gordon Bond .... hairdresser
George Frost .... makeup
Production Management
William Kirby .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bolton .... assistant director
Patrick Carey .... second unit director
Al Burgess .... assistant director (uncredited)
Bill Graf .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Peter Dukelow .... construction manager
Josie MacAvin .... set dresser
Roy Walker .... assistant art director
Michael Guyett .... trainee scenic painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound
Marcel Durham .... assistant editor
Bob Jones .... sound
Harry Miller .... dubbing editor
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Kindred .... camera operator (as Robert Kindred)
Maurice Gillett .... supervising electrician (uncredited)
Mike Roberts .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Bridge .... colour costume design
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe
Elizabeth Haffenden .... colour costume design
Music Department
Georges Delerue .... music conducted by
Other crew
Patrick McLoughlin .... technical adviser
Constance Willis .... continuity
Catherine O'Brien .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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120 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1998) (2000) | USA:G | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (original rating) (PCA #21294) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Paul Scofield and Leo McKern reprised the roles they played in the Broadway production of the play. During most of the play's 20-month run, the role of Margaret was played by a young Faye Dunaway.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Henry leaves More's estate, he twice indicates that it is eight o'clock. The shadows of most characters between his announcement and actual leaving are very short making it appear to be much closer to noon.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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59 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
powerful and misunderstood study of identity, 26 February 2004
Author: Brixia from San Francisco

This is one of my favorite films. It is of perfect length and pacing, and the script is one of the best ever written. The acting, direction, and design of this movie are uniformly excellent. The segue into Henry VIII's entrance is alone reason for seeing the movie. The production design is top-notch, both beautiful and--unlike many "costume dramas"--not so overwhelming as to lose the actors among outrageous sets and costumes. For an adaptation of a stage play, a remarkable proportion of the action taking place outdoors, with More's house at Chelsea being particularly lovely.

It's very easy to see this film superficially as a moral fable, and many people scoff at it as being a stagy morality play. But it's both more subtle and more vibrant that that. The subtlety of Robert Bolt's script lies in its exploration of identity. We're not meant to identify or admire More's religious ideas, which the movie actually tiptoes around. Instead it's what Bolt called More's "adamantine sense of his own self" that the movie really highlights.

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