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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

In his autobiography, Charlton Heston says that he had hoped to be cast as Thomas More in the 1966 movie version of Robert Bolt's play, but the part went instead to Paul Scofield, who had originated the role in the Broadway version. See more »

Connections

Version of A Man for All Seasons (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Original Tudor Music
Composed by Henry VIII (as H.R.H. Henry VIII)
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A Pleasant Surprise
21 May 2009 | by TudorLadySee all my reviews

I watched this film with some trepidation as the 1966 version has long been a favourite of mine. I could not imagine an American actor portraying my hero, Thomas More. However, I enjoyed it very much. Charlton Heston's performance was a revelation. I thought he did a really good job of showing More's famous wit but at times, his anguish too. Vanessa Redgrave's Dame Alice seemed at times almost a caricature ('A printed boook!') Yes I know Alice was from Yorkshire but Redgrave's 'common touch' was a bit overdone! Ben Whitrow as Cromwell was wonderful. Genial yet sinister, loved it! As for Roy Kinnear, he was just perfect as the common man, I always thought it a shame that this part was left out of the 1966 film. Having seen the play a few times, this is truer to the stage version but I wouldn't compare the two films, they are both very good.


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