A Man For All Seasons (12-Dec-1966)|
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Writer: Robert Bolt
From a play by: Robert Bolt
Music Composed and Conducted by: Georges Delerue
Producer: Fred Zinnemann
Keywords: Drama, Biography, British Royalty
Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor of England, refuses to give assent to King Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon; his loyalty is divided between Henry and the Roman Catholic Church. Won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Adaptation, Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design; received additional nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Actress.
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|Wendy Hiller|| ... Alice|
|Leo McKern|| ... Cromwell|
|Robert Shaw|| ... Henry VIII|
|Orson Welles|| ... Cardinal Wolsey|
|Susannah York|| ... Margaret|
|Paul Scofield|| ... Thomas More|
|Nigel Davenport|| ... Duke of Norfolk|
|John Hurt|| ... Rich|
|Corin Redgrave|| ... Roper|
|Colin Blakely|| ... Matthew|
|Cyril Luckham|| ... Archbishop Cranmer|
|Jack Gwillim|| ... Chief Justice|
|Thomas Heathcote|| ... Boatman|
|Yootha Joyce|| ... Averil Machin|
|Anthony Nicholls|| ... King's Representative|
|John Nettleton|| ... Jailer|
|Eira Heath|| ... Matthew's Wife|
|Molly Urquhart|| ... Maid|
|Paul Hardwick|| ... Courtier|
|Michael Latimer|| ... Norfolk's Aide|
|Philip Brack|| ... Captain of Guard|
|Martin Boddey|| ... Governor of Tower|
|Eric Mason|| ... Executioner|
|Matt Zimmerman|| ... Messenger|
|Vanessa Redgrave|| ... Anne Boleyn|
Review by Steve Chase (posted on 21-Jan-2008)
Over the years I've come to realize how much this film is just as timely today as it was in 1966. Set in England during the reign of Henry VIII it is the story of a principled man, Sir Thomas Moore, and the conflicts he deals with when the King wants to declare new rules on divorce. The King needs a son and his present wife can't deliver. Admired, respected and in need of his support, the King visits Thomas Moore and asks him face to face for his 'loyalty as a subject'. Upon reflection and careful review of Church law Moore can not support the wishes of the King.
False charges are then brought against Moore. He defends himself most eloquently in public court, but, just like some cases in our own courts today, the fate of the "guilty" is established before the trial. There is no honest justice. Just 'selective enforcement' and those that get selected like Thomas Moore, for expample, get beheaded or receive some other punishment.
What makes the movie four star quality is the brilliant acting of Paul Scofield in the role of Thomas Moore. Highly educated, competent in both Church law and the Kings law, disciplined, polished, and fair minded, Moore can truly be described as a "Man For All Seasons".... Strongly recommend viewing.
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