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A Man for All Seasons
Paul Scofield and Robert Shaw




Overview -
Fred Zinneman directs this excellent biographical drama about the conflicts faced by Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) when King Henry VIII asks him to break with the Pope and grant him a divorce. Based on Robert Bolt's stage play, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS is a powerful, cerebral story, supported by an excellent cast and characterization. Vanessa Redgrave would later participate in a well-received made-for-television remake in 1988. This biographical drama earned eight Academy Award nominations and six wins, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Paul Scofield), and Best (Adapted) Screenplay.

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Overview

Fred Zinneman directs this excellent biographical drama about the conflicts faced by Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) when King Henry VIII asks him to break with the Pope and grant him a divorce. Based on Robert Bolt's stage play, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS is a powerful, cerebral story, supported by an excellent cast and characterization. Vanessa Redgrave would later participate in a well-received made-for-television remake in 1988. This biographical drama earned eight Academy Award nominations and six wins, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Paul Scofield), and Best (Adapted) Screenplay.

Awards:
1966 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design (Color) Winner
1966 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1966 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
1966 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1966 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner
1966 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner

Main Cast & Crew

Fred Zinnemann - Director
Paul Scofield
Robert Shaw
Orson Welles
Wendy Hiller
Leo McKern
Susannah York
John Hurt
Nigel Davenport
Vanessa Redgrave

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Widescreen Special Edition)
  • Run Time: 120
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396180857
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Release Date: January 1999

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Biography

Related Keywords:
British
Classic
Politics
Religion
Stage Play
True Story
Recommended
Period Piece
Renaissance
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 

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Synopsis:
When Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine of Aragon, is unable to produce an heir to the throne, he uses that as a pretext for the pope to grant him a divorce, so he can marry his newest conquest, Anne Boleyn. The King is backed by everyone on this request except the highly regarded and religious Sir Thomas More. When Cardinal Wolsey, Chancellor of England, names More as his successor, it becomes important for Henry to get More's support, but More cannot be swayed. Henry demands the clergy to renounce the Pope and to name him Head of the Church of England. Oliver Cromwell frames More, forcing him to resign as Chancellor. Eventually More is brought to trial, found guilty of treason, and beheaded.

Reviews:
"[Welles is] quite vivid in this Oscar-winning version of Robert Bolt's play..." - 05/01/2006 Premiere, p.99


5 stars out of 5 -- "Chock full of notable British actors, this is an absorbing and compelling piece of writing and acting..." - 05/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.124

 

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