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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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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Colin Blakely
23-Sep-1930 7-May-1987 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Davenport
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Wendy Hiller
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John Hurt
22-Jan-1940 27-Jan-2017 Alien
Leo McKern
16-Mar-1920 23-Jul-2002 Travelling North, Rumpole of the Bailey
Corin Redgrave
16-Jul-1939 6-Apr-2010 Not About Nightingales
Vanessa Redgrave
30-Jan-1937   Julia
Paul Scofield
21-Jan-1922 19-Mar-2008 A Man For All Seaons
Robert Shaw
9-Aug-1927 28-Aug-1978 Quint in Jaws
Orson Welles
6-May-1915 10-Oct-1985 Citizen Kane
Susannah York
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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
Also Starring
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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