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Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)

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

Director:

Waris Hussein

Writer:

Ian Thorne (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Michell ... King Henry VIII
Donald Pleasence ... Thomas Cromwell
Charlotte Rampling ... Ann Boleyn
Jane Asher ... Jane Seymour
Frances Cuka Frances Cuka ... Katherine of Aragon
Lynne Frederick ... Catherine Howard
Jenny Bos Jenny Bos ... Ann of Cleves
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Catherine Parr
Michael Gough ... Norfolk
Brian Blessed ... Suffolk
Michael Goodliffe ... Thomas More
Bernard Hepton ... Cranmer
Garfield Morgan ... Gardiner
John Bryans John Bryans ... Wolsey
John Bennett ... Wriothesley
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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

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1973 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

As Seis Mulheres de Henrique Oitavo See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lynne Fredericks portrayal of Catherine Howard was a first for many in Tudor film history. Frederick was the first actress to portray Howard in a sympathetic view, Frederick was also the first actress to play Howard who was actually close to the real Howard's age, and it was also the most historically accurate portrayal of Howard as of 2016. 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

Henry VIII: Wait, Anne. Only wait.
Anne Boleyn: Ah, then farewell to my young looks!
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Version of A Man for All Seasons (1964) See more »

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A very regal achievment
4 February 2000 | by Blueboy-9See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time very recently, and was quite impressed. Henry the 8th and his six wives has a faultless cast, in particular Keith Mitchell, Jane Asher, Charlotte Rampling, Lynn Fredrick and Donald Plescence. We open on King Henry the 8th's death bed, and wittness him remeniscing about his various marriages, from Katherine of Aragon to Katherine Parr.

Keith Mitchell does a splendid job as the man himself, as he does not portray the king as some brutal tyrant, but as a lonely old man just looking for love and an heir.

Although it is not as good as the B.B.C'S Henry the 8th and his six wives (which also stars Keith Mitchell) it is a wonderful film, well worth a look, not least because it stars Jane Asher Charlotte Rampling and the late Lynn Fredrick as well as the wonderfull Donald Plescence.


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