Becket Movie Review 1964

Information and Film Reviews for Becket the Movie

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Adaptation of Jean Anouilh's play about the tumultuous friendship between Henry II of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket. Becket views his position in the church of little relation to the sexual and emotional needs of a man, until he becomes archbishop. His growing concern for religion and his shrinking need of Henry as friend and confidant eventually cause the demise of the friendship and the resulting tragedy. Flawless acting from every cast member, and finely detailed artistic direction make up for the occasional slow moment.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 148 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Medieval Romps, Nuns & Priests, Royalty, British, Adapted from a Play
Edward Anhalt
Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Donald Wolfit
Geoffrey Unsworth
Peter Glenville
Paramount Pictures, Hal Wallis Productions


Oscars 1964: Adapt. Screenplay; Golden Globes 1965: Actor--Drama (O'Toole), Film--Drama.

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