MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 9,734 this week

Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)

6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 416 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 5 critic

On his deathbed, King Henry VIII looks back over his eventful life and his six marriages.

Director:

Writer:

(original screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

Related News

Winnie Mandela Review
| We Got This Covered

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 28 Apr 2011
 
list image
a list of 23 titles
created 05 Nov 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 08 Jul 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 38 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)

Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Henry VIII and His Six Wives.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Henry VIII (TV Movie 2003)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two-part TV series documenting the stormy 38-year reign of King Henry VIII.

Director: Pete Travis
Stars: Ray Winstone, Joss Ackland, Sid Mitchell
Elizabeth R (TV Mini-Series 1971)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

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.

Stars: Glenda Jackson, Ronald Hines, Robert Hardy
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (TV Mini-Series 2001)
Documentary | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A dramatic documentary narrated and presented by controversial historian David Starkey about the lives as wives and Queens of the six wives of Tudor king Henry VIII.

Stars: David Starkey, Caroline Lintott, David Fleeshman
Monarch (2000)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

From double BAFTA nominated Writer and Director John Walsh. Monarch is part fact, part fiction and unfolds around one night when the injured ruler arrives at a manor house closed for the season.

Director: John Walsh
Stars: T.P. McKenna, Jean Marsh, James Coombes
Tudor Rose (2008)
Short | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

King Henry VIII doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve, he carries it with him in the emblem of the Tudor Dynasty a red rose. Love for him is a seasonal cycle. His first wife Katherine of ... See full summary »

Director: Sarah R. Lotfi
Stars: Tracey Allyn, Rebecca Bigler, Ethan Eagar
Certificate: M Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.

Director: Charles Jarrott
Stars: Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tells how King Henry VIII came to marry five more times after his divorce from his first wife.

Director: Alexander Korda
Stars: Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Franklin Dyall
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Mary Stuart, who was named Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old, is the last Roman Catholic ruler of Scotland. She is imprisoned at he age of 23 by her cousin Elizabeth Tudor, ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Jarrott
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan
Three I (1969)
Certificate: M Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two college friends, traveling in Europe, find themselves rivals for the attentions of a mysterious woman.

Director: James Salter
Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Robie Porter, Sam Waterston
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (TV Mini-Series 1970)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A six-episode dramatization of Henry VIII's relationships with each of his six wives. Each episode is devoted to one wife, and is a complete play in itself.

Stars: Keith Michell, Anthony Quayle, Patrick Troughton
God's Outlaw (1986)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A dramatized biography of William Tyndale, the 16th Century reformer determined to translate the Bible into English, which illegal act set him at odds with the Catholic Church, Sir Thomas More and King Henry VIII.

Director: Tony Tew
Stars: Roger Rees, Bernard Archard, Keith Barron
Henry VIII (TV Movie 1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Kevin Billington
Stars: John Stride, Claire Bloom, Ronald Pickup
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Michell ...
...
...
...
Frances Cuka ...
...
Jenny Bos ...
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ...
...
...
...
Bernard Hepton ...
Garfield Morgan ...
Gardiner
John Bryans ...
John Bennett ...
Edit

Storyline

On his deathbed Tudor-king Henry VIII remembers his long reign and especially the crucial part his six marriages played in it, without producing the male heir he desired most to prevent civil wars for the succession as England suffered before his father's ascent. His first queen, Spanish princess Kathryn of Aragon, had one fatal flaw: her children died, except daughter Mary, so he pressed Rome for an annulment, and when that failed out went cardinal Wolsey as chief minister and Henry made himself head of the Church of England instead of the papacy and married Anne Boleyn. When she too failed to produce a male heir, just princess Elisabeth, he had her head roll for 'infidelity'. The third queen, gentle Jane Seymour, died giving birth to sickly prince Edward. For diplomatic reasons Henry married minor princess Anne of Cleves, whose utter lack of female charms causes another annulment and the fall of Thomas Cromwell, who recommended her. Fifth is the lovely Catherine Howard, cousin of ... Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 February 1973 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

As Seis Mulheres de Henrique Oitavo  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Actress Jane Asher, portrayed a character, Jane Seymour, who had the same first name as her own. See more »

Goofs

The part of the film covering Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn features some brief stock/agency footage of a number of British castles. A modern boat's superstructure appears briefly in the lower right-hand corner of the shot featuring a castle on a headland. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Cromwell: Your Grace.
Henry VIII: Whom can a man trust in this world when there is nothing real in it?
[showing Cromwell a miniature portrait of Anne of Cleves]
Henry VIII: Is this a true likeness?
Thomas Cromwell: Yes, sire, I think.
Henry VIII: Where are the great pits in her face?
Thomas Cromwell: She has a queenly manner, I think, sire.
Henry VIII: I like her not!
[shoving and shaking Cromwell]
Henry VIII: She is nothing fair and I like her not!
See more »

Connections

Version of A Man for All Seasons (1964) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Definitive Tudor story
16 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is benchmark-quality drama, a two-hour film retelling of the lives (and deaths) of Henry VII's wives that uses much the same cast and crew as a previous six-hour BBC miniseries.

As a film, it's pretty much unbeatable and sets a standard of high quality that few others can match. Sets, costumes and backdrop are all superb, but of course the real strengths lie in the script and the calibre of acting. Keith Michell stars in a role he was born to play, never less than authentic whether he's playing Henry as an athletic young man or as an obese ancient. He also manages to make the tyrant deeply human, which is another string to his bow.

With the full story of the six wives crammed into a two-hour time slot, the pacing is fast and the script full of drama. Some of the wives fare better than others, but highlights include Charlotte Rampling's witchy Anne Boleyn and Lynne Frederick's captivating innocent, Catherine Howard. Filling the supporting cast with familiar, entertaining figures like Michael Gough, Donald Pleasence and Brian Blessed is another plus.

Most of all, though, I found this retelling succeeded far better in bringing to life the era than others - check out the terrible THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL for a good comparison. We learn much about politics, entertainment and religion of the era, but it's never told in a dry or heavy way. Unbeatable? Yes, I think this is.


2 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did anybody else feel sorry for Catherine Howard? IridescentTranquility
Does anyone know where I can get a copy of this film???????? give_peace_a_chance7
Anne Boleyn beheading ra04005
Music in the film Gurn_Blanston
Catherine Howard's song sjoa_0521
Can anyone tell me, Proxy13
Discuss Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?