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Henry VIII (2003)

Two part mini-series documenting the stormy thirty-eight-year reign of King Henry VIII.

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Pete Travis

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Peter Morgan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Winstone ... Henry VIII
Joss Ackland ... Henry VII
Sid Mitchell Sid Mitchell ... Young Henry VIII
Charles Dance ... Duke of Buckingham
Mark Strong ... Duke of Norfolk
Assumpta Serna ... Katherine of Aragon
Thomas Lockyer Thomas Lockyer ... Edward Seymour
William Houston ... Thomas Seymour
Danny Webb ... Thomas Cromwell
Guy Flanagan Guy Flanagan ... Tall Servant
David Suchet ... Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Scott Handy ... Lord Henry Percy
Helena Bonham Carter ... Anne Boleyn
Benjamin Whitrow ... Thomas Boleyn
Stephen Noonan Stephen Noonan ... Spanish Ambassador
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Two part mini-series documenting the stormy thirty-eight-year reign of King Henry VIII.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

GBP6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Helena Bonham Carter was pregnant with her first child at the time of filming. See more »

Goofs

Immediately preceding the scene (interior) where the Pope is seen writing his refusal to divorce Henry VIII from Catherine of Aragon, there is a panoramic view of the Vatican (with St. Peter's basilica), implying that the Pope was in Rome/the Vatican at the time.DIn fact, the Pope was at Orvieto at the time, and it was there, in the Papal palace, where he wrote and signed this particular document. See more »

Quotes

Katherine of Aragon: What did I do to upset you, that a maid of mine should turn against me like this?
Anne Boleyn: You failed to give England an heir.
Katherine of Aragon: And that upsets you so?
Anne Boleyn: What upsets the King, upsets me.
Katherine of Aragon: Let me tell you this. You want me to lie before God, and admit my first marriage was consummated? Well, it was not. You want me to retire, and withdraw my daughter's claim as sole rightful heir to the throne? Well, I shall not. Not in a thousand years. Not if you rack me within an inch of my life. So, I hope you have the ...
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Crazy Credits

Helena Bonham Carter receives second-billing in both parts despite Anne Boleyn getting the chop in the first part. Her contribution in part 2 is the pre-title reprise and flashbacks all already shown in part 1. See more »

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Version of The Tudors: The Death of a Queen (2009) See more »

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Yet another gross distortion of history
21 November 2004 | by ejj1955See all my reviews

I second most of the comments already made about the historical inaccuracy of this program, but want to add yet another quibble: the scenes that purport to show the dissolution of the monasteries. What a bunch of hooey! I thought I was watching a scene from some movie of the Vikings raiding and pillaging the English coast. What actually happened was that inspectors were sent around and anything of value was methodically stripped and either taken for the royal treasury or sold; the monasteries were then pulled down, bells were melted, etc.; the monks and nuns were given pensions. It's true that servants were turned off without work, causing hardship; it's also true that those who were especially obdurate were tried and executed, but the slashing swords and burning monks fleeing from buildings were complete inventions of the filmmakers.

I just don't see the point--fiction is the name for this (not even historical fiction--just fiction).


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