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King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the King's.

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Becket / Thomas Becket
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His King / King Henry II
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King Louis of France / King Louis VII of France
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the Cardinal / Cardinal Zambelli
Paolo Stoppa ...
the Pope / Pope Alexander III
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Bishop Folliot
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Brother John
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Empress Matilda
Pamela Brown ...
Queen Eleanor [of Aquitaine]
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Baron
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Gwendolen (as Sian Phillips)
Inigo Jackson ...
Robert de Beaumont
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Archbishop of Canterbury
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Baron
Christopher Rhodes ...
Baron
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Bishop of Winchester
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Bishop of York
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French prostitute (as Veronique Vendell)
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Peasant's Daughter
David Davenport
Hamilton Dyce ...
Bishop of Chichester
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Baron
Michael Miller ...
Baron
Peter Prowse ...
Baron
Jack Taylor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Adcock ...
Sergeant (uncredited)
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Courtier (uncredited)
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Brother Philip (uncredited)
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Young French boy (uncredited)
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Soldier (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Monk (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Paul Farrell ...
Farmer (uncredited)
Patrick Halpin ...
Monk (uncredited)
Laurie Heath ...
Boy (uncredited)
Rose Howlett ...
Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
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Girl on Balcony (uncredited)
Gerald Lawson ...
English Peasant (uncredited)
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Old Soldier (uncredited)
Paul Layton ...
Boy (uncredited)
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French Courtier (uncredited)
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Farmer's Daughter (uncredited)
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Boy (uncredited)
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William of Corbeil (uncredited)
Riggs O'Hara ...
Prince Henry (uncredited)
Frederick Piper ...
Monk (uncredited)
Steve Plytas ...
Cardinal (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ...
Alexander III (uncredited) (voice)
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Priest (uncredited)
Terence Soall ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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French Tailor (uncredited)
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Pope's Secretary (uncredited)
Fred Stroud ...
Church Guard (uncredited)
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Village Extra with Blonde Wig (uncredited)
Royston Tickner ...
Royal Servant (uncredited)
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Congregation Member (at Bishops Service) (uncredited)
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Clement (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Glenville

Written by

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Jean Anouilh ... (play "Becket")
 
Lucienne Hill ... (play "Becket" as translated by)
 
Edward Anhalt ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Hal B. Wallis ... producer (as Hal Wallis)
Joseph H. Hazen ... executive producer (uncredited)
Peter O'Toole ... co-producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Laurence Rosenthal

Cinematography by

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Geoffrey Unsworth ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Anne V. Coates

Editorial Department

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Willy Kemplen ... first assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Sally Nicholl

Production Design by

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John Bryan

Art Direction by

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Maurice Carter

Set Decoration by

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Robert Cartwright ... (set decorations)
Patrick McLoughlin ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Margaret Furse

Makeup Department

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Eric Allwright ... makeup artist
Charles E. Parker ... makeup artist (as Charles Parker)
Joan Smallwood ... hairdresser

Production Management

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Denis Holt ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Colin M. Brewer ... assistant director (as Colin Brewer)

Art Department

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Ferdinand Bellan ... scenic artist
Albert Blackshaw ... construction manager
Alan Evans ... scenic artist
Jack Maxsted ... assistant art director
W. Simpson Robinson ... scenic artist
Gilbert Wood ... scenic artist
Peter Mullins ... props (uncredited)
Alan Roderick-Jones ... junior draughtsman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Buster Ambler ... sound (as A.W. Ambler)
Bob Jones ... sound (as Robert Jones)
Winston Ryder ... sound editor

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Alan Maley ... matte artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Peter Diamond ... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Stacey ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ernest Day ... camera operator
Maurice Gillett ... supervising electrician (uncredited)
Peter MacDonald ... focus puller (uncredited)
Bob Penn ... still photographer (uncredited)
Len Prout ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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John Wilson-Apperson ... wardrobe master (as John W. Apperson)
Evelyn Gibbs ... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)

Music Department

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Muir Mathieson ... conductor / musical director (uncredited)

Other crew

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Phyllis Crocker ... continuity
Richard McWhorter ... assistant to producer
David Merrick ... producer: New York stage play
Mike Maidlin ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Debauched King Henry II installs his longtime court facilitator Thomas Becket as the Archbishop of Canterbury, assuming that his old friend will be a compliant and loyal lackey in the King's ongoing battles with the church. But Becket unexpectedly finds his true calling on the ecclesiastical side, and aligns himself against the king's selfish wishes, causing a rift and an eventual showdown not only between the two men, but also the institutions they represent. Written by Jwelch5742

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Taglines An age of rampant lusts, abandon, runaway passions. An age brought bristling to life by two of the most exciting stars of our time! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Бекет (Ukraine)
  • Krala karsi (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Becket, o Favorito do Rei (Brazil)
  • Beket (Serbia)
  • Becket e il suo re (Italy)
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  • 148 min
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Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Richard Burton initially turned this movie down because he felt the idea of him playing a saint would cause the press to have a field day. He also said he would be more suited to playing Henry II. See more »
Goofs Contrary to one of the film's central plot lines, Thomas Becket was a Norman (Thomas Bequet), not a Saxon. Jean Anouilh admitted he discovered this after having finished his play, having based it on the outdated 1825 work "The History of the Conquest of England by the Normans", by Augustin Thierry; but he decided that it made a better story the way he had written it. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Precious Images (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Dies Irae See more »
Quotes Thomas a Becket: Tonight you can do me the honor of christening my forks.
King Henry II: Forks?
Thomas a Becket: Yes, from Florence. New little invention. It's for pronging meat and carrying it to the mouth. It saves you dirtying your fingers.
King Henry II: But then you dirty the fork.
Thomas a Becket: Yes, but it's washable.
King Henry II: So are your fingers. I don't see the point.
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