MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 24,322 this week

Henry VIII (1979)
"The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  25 April 1979 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 74 users  
Reviews: 5 user

Add a Plot

Director:

Writer:

(play)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 175 titles
created 21 Jul 2011
 
a list of 1254 titles
created 28 Aug 2011
 
a list of 2443 titles
created 20 May 2012
 
a list of 65 titles
created 18 Dec 2012
 
a list of 72 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Henry VIII" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Henry VIII (TV Movie 1979)

Henry VIII (TV Movie 1979) on IMDb 7.2/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Henry VIII.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Richard II (TV Movie 1978)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The incompetent Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer king.

Director: David Giles
Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Gielgud, Jon Finch
Julius Caesar (TV Movie 1979)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for Brutus and the republic.

Director: Herbert Wise
Stars: Richard Pasco, Charles Gray, Keith Michell
Anna Boleyn (1920)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of the ill-fated second wife of the English king Henry VIII, whose marriage to the Henry led to momentous political and religious turmoil in England.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Henny Porten, Emil Jannings, Paul Hartmann
The Other Boleyn Girl (TV Movie 2003)
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Based on the controversial novel by Philippa Gregory, "The Other Boleyn Girl" is a fictionalised account of the life of Lady Mary Boleynwho becomes mistress to England's king, Henry VIII, ... See full summary »

Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
Stars: Natascha McElhone, Jodhi May, Jared Harris
Elizabeth R (TV Mini-Series 1971)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 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
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

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.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw
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
The Virgin Queen (TV Mini-Series 2005)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her ... See full summary »

Stars: Anne-Marie Duff, Sienna Guillory, Ian Hart
Henry V (1989)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Simon Shepherd
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

Director: Shekhar Kapur
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush
Henry IV Part I (TV Movie 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Henry Bolingbroke has now been crowned King of England, but faces a rebellion headed by the embittered Earl of Northumberland and his son (nicknamed 'Hotspur'). Henry's son Hal, the Prince ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles
Stars: Jon Finch, David Gwillim, Rob Edwards
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Stride ...
...
...
...
...
...
John Rowe ...
Lewis Fiander ...
Alan Leith ...
Tony Church ...
Prologue
John Bailey ...
David Troughton ...
John Nettleton ...
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Nigel Lambert ...
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

25 April 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Henry VIII  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The entire film was shot on location at Leeds Castle, Penshurst Place and Hever Castle; each of which bears associations to some of the historical figures in the play. See more »

Connections

Version of The Tudors: Destiny and Fortune (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A Brilliant adaptation and a wonderful recreation of the period
10 March 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I loved this film. It is good in almost every way. The acting is great (Claire Bloom as Queen Catherine and Timothy West as Wolsey were particularly good) as you would expect from a BBC film but as well as that it was actually filmed on location at Penhurst Place, Dover Castle and Leeds Castle and there are some wonderful costumes. Sometimes, what you see on the screen looks like a painting of the time come to life. Also, there is a lot of music from the period and one of the songs ("Orpheus and His Lute" I think) was sung by Emma Kirkby. The only thing about it that I don't think is brilliant is the play itself. It is a bit dull, especially when listened to on audio cassete and even more so when reading it. However in this adaptation, the play and the characters come to life.

I don't know why the BBC don't release "The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series, on video. The ones I've watched have all been very good and have some very well known British actors


3 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Henry VIII (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?