When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement.
Henry VIII of England discards one wife Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of a young and beautiful woman, Anne Boleyn, whose one-thousand-day reign as Queen of England ends with the loss of her head on the block. Henry weds Ann and soon she gives him a child. The girl, Elizabeth, is a bitter disappointment to Henry, who desperately wants an heir. Anne promises Henry a son "next time," but Henry is doubtful. Shortly thereafter, rumors begin that the King's eye has already wandered. One Jane Seymour is at court for a moment. The Queen has her sent away, but, if Anne will bring Jane back to court, the King promises to sign the Act of Succession to insure that Elizabeth will be Queen. Written by
If star Richard Burton, who was nominated the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as King Henry VIII in this film, had won the category that year, he would have been the second actor to do so for playing Henry VIII, and the first to win for playing a role that someone else had already won an Oscar for playing the same character. Actor Charles Laughton first played the monarch in 1933 for The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933) and won the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance. Laughton was not present at the awards ceremony and so fellow actor Leslie Howard accepted the award on his behalf. The first two actors to win Oscars for playing the same character were Marlon Brando in The Godfather (1972) and Robert De Niro for The Godfather: Part II (1974), playing mob boss Don Vito Corleone at different ages. See more »
During the papal trial presided over by Cardinal Campeggio, Cardinal Campeggio and Cardinal Wolsey sit before a coat of arms clearly labeled "Clement VII" (which is correct) but the papal arms incorrectly displays a blue shield with six gold discs. Clement VII was a de Medici and his papal arms used the de Medici arms of a gold background with five red discs arranged under a single blue disc containing three gold fleur-de-lis. See more »
A good movie for all Tudor fanatics. I can't really see anything wrong with it. It was historically accurate and well-acted. It's one of those movies you can watch till the end, without stopping the tape. It helps to do a bit of research on the history of this story before you watch the movie, so that you have a better idea of what is going on. Overall, good job. Well done. I won't be pulling people off the street, demanding that they watch "Anne of the Thousand Days", but I will say that I enjoyed it very much.
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