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Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

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

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Charles Jarrott

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Bridget Boland (screenplay), John Hale (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... King Henry VIII
Geneviève Bujold ... Anne Boleyn (as Genevieve Bujold)
Irene Papas ... Queen Catherine of Aragon
Anthony Quayle ... Cardinal Wolsey
John Colicos ... Thomas Cromwell
Michael Hordern ... Thomas Boleyn
Katharine Blake Katharine Blake ... Elizabeth Boleyn
Valerie Gearon ... Mary Boleyn
Michael Johnson Michael Johnson ... George Boleyn
Peter Jeffrey ... Norfolk
Joseph O'Conor ... Fisher
William Squire ... Thomas More
Esmond Knight ... Kingston
Nora Swinburne ... Lady Kingston
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Mendoza
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King Henry VIII (Richard Burton) of England discards one wife, Catharine of Aragon (Irene Papas), who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of a young and beautiful woman, Anne Boleyn (Geneviève Bujold), whose one-thousand-day reign as Queen of England ends with the loss of her head on the block. Henry weds Anne and soon she gives him a child. The girl, Elizabeth (Amanda Jane Smythe), 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 (Lesley Paterson) 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 alfiehitchie

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He was King. She was barely 18. And in their thousand days they played out the most passionate and shocking love story in history!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anne of a Thousand Days See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,372,695
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (some 35 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (some 35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The play "Anne of the Thousand Days" opened on Broadway in 1948. Filming had to wait until 1969 due to its frank discussions of adultery, illegitimacy, and incest. The Motion Picture Production Code, in effect from 1930 to 1968, would not have allowed a movie in which these subjects were discussed. See more »

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When Henry and Anne are playing chess, the chess board is set up improperly. The chess board has a black square in the lower right square. That square must be white. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
King Henry VIII: What is the verdict?
Thomas Cromwell: Guilty - Your Grace.
King Henry VIII: All of them?
Thomas Cromwell: Guilty.
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Version of The Tudors (2007) See more »

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Music by Anthony Holborne
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A fine costume drama , full pomp and passion .
12 September 1999 | by NikDSee all my reviews

This fine movie comes so close to excellence ; Genevieve Bujold gives a performance full of power and passion as the French-educated courtesan who won the admiration , love and finally enmity of England's most colorful King. Richard Burton, as Henry, rides rough-shod over all who oppose him in his pursuit of marital bliss (and a male heir). The supporting cast interacts beautifully - my only regret is that the part of the usurped Queen Katherine (Irene Papas) is given little screen time and portrays her as more abrasive than abject (historically, Katherine made a touching appeal to her husband at the trial of the validity of their marriage). Other historical elements such as the schism with the Church of Rome and the political machinations of members of the court have been downplayed in order to concentrate on the love story. Thus this movie should be viewed as a costume drama rather than an accurate representation of historical events. In spite of these and other inaccuracies I still heartily recommend this movie as a spirited rendering of Royal lust in "Merry Olde England" and on a broader level as a kind of morality play showing how the pursuit of one's hearts desire is often more rewarding than the achievement of one's ambition (or, as Henry and Anne both learned to their cost, when you get what you want you may then realize that you don't really want what you get).

For another view of this same era see the film version of Robert Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons" - I also strongly recommend "Henry VIII and His Six Wives", starring Keith Michell and adapted to a movie from a six-part TV series (which I believe is also available as a boxed set).


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