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God's Outlaw (1986)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History
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.

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William Tyndale
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Sir Thomas More
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Henry VIII
Kenneth Gilbert ...
Humphrey Monmouth
Willoughby Goddard ...
Cardinal Wolsey
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Thomas Cromwell
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Oona Kirsch ...
Anne Boleyn
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Sir John Walsh
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Lady Anne Walsh
Paul Shelley ...
John Frith
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William Roye
Anthony Allen ...
Thomas Poyntz
Sharon Baylis ...
Mrs. Poyntz
Alan Bennion ...
Archdeacon Bell
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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.

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Pay attention, this film matters!
23 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

I have mixed feelings about this film, but it's worth talking about. First of all, for a 1986 film, it is a low budget production, a 4:3 screen ratio, and a low resolution DVD. So, poor picture quality for a hi-res flat screen. It is a good enough film that it should be re- scanned and issued in a higher resolution format.

Other than that, it's aimed at religious audiences, fair enough, but is a little stylized in that direction. The story and dialogue are sophisticated and almost Shakespearean, which was probably the intent, but makes it a bit stuffy and pompous.

Still, in spite of the above, it's a remarkable civil rights story, documenting the tyranny of King Henry VIII. It's astounding that a father in that time could be burned at the stake for teaching his child the Lord's Prayer in English. It's really an important and well done story that illustrates the crucial importance of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.


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