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A Man for All Seasons (1988)

King Henry VIII wants to divorce his wife, and seeks the approval of the aristocracy. Sir Thomas More is a man of principle and reason, and is thus placed in a difficult position: should he... See full summary »

Director:

Charlton Heston

Writers:

Robert Bolt (play), Robert Bolt (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charlton Heston ... Sir Thomas More
Vanessa Redgrave ... Lady Alice More
John Gielgud ... Cardinal Wolsey (as Sir John Gielgud)
Richard Johnson ... Duke of Norfolk
Roy Kinnear ... The Common Man
Benjamin Whitrow ... Thomas Cromwell
Adrienne Thomas Adrienne Thomas ... Margaret More
Martin Chamberlain Martin Chamberlain ... King Henry VIII
John Hudson John Hudson ... William Roper
Jonathan Hackett Jonathan Hackett ... Richard Rich
Nicholas Amer ... Chapuys (as Nicolas Amer)
Milton Cadman Milton Cadman ... Cranmer
Valerie Minifie Valerie Minifie ... Woman Litigant
Geoff Owen Geoff Owen ... Chapuys' Assistant
Brian Badcoe Brian Badcoe ... Chamberlain
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Storyline

King Henry VIII wants to divorce his wife, and seeks the approval of the aristocracy. Sir Thomas More is a man of principle and reason, and is thus placed in a difficult position: should he stand up for his principles, risking the wrath of a corrupt King fond of executing people for treason? Or should he bow to the seemingly unstoppable corruption of King Henry VIII, who has no qualms about bending the law to suit his own needs? Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Drama

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un hombre para la eternidad See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production opened at the ANTA Playhouse in New York City on November 21, 1961 and played for six hundred thirty-seven performances, starring Paul Scofield. See more »

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Original Tudor Music
Composed by Henry VIII (as H.R.H. Henry VIII)
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Couldn't Disagree More
7 February 2005 | by bpolhemusSee all my reviews

The 1966 film starring Scofield was a throwback to film-making of ten or fifteen years earlier.

Heston was brilliant as More and Redgrave was outstanding as Mistress More. The teleplay had much more of the sense of the original stage play than the hacked-up Hollywood flick the OP speaks of.

Guess it's a matter of taste, but Heston has NEVER been wooden, EVER. One of the greatest actors of our age. In my opinion only Richard Burton could probably have been a better casting choice than Heston--and he was dead by this time.

Heston was also remarkably gracious and effusive about Miss Redgrave's talent, even though they would never see eye-to-eye politically. He is a gracious man, a talented actor, and a wonderful husband and father. Would there were many more like him out of the dreck of Hollywood.


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