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Becket

(DVD - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Becket


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Henry II surprises England by naming his fellow rogue and trusted confidant Thomas Becket as Chancellor. But when Henry next appoints him Archbishop of Canterbury, Becket shocks the world by openly defying the King with his newfound faith and compassion. Will a desperate ruler now destroy a beloved friend to save his splintering kingdom?
Uniform Title: Becket (Motion picture)
Title: Becket
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [Orland Park, Ill.] :, MPI Home Video,, [2007]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 150 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: commentary with Peter O'Toole; interviews with editor Anne V. Coates and composer Laurence Rosenthal; archival interviews with Richard Burton; theatrical trailer; still gallery; TV spot.
"Restored by the Academy Film Archive Restoration Funding provided by The Film Foundation."
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1964.
Based on the Broadway play "Becket" by Jean Anouilh ; produced upon the stage by David Merrick.
Summary: Henry II surprises England by naming his fellow rogue and trusted confidant Thomas Becket as Chancellor. But when Henry next appoints him Archbishop of Canterbury, Becket shocks the world by openly defying the King with his newfound faith and compassion. Will a desperate ruler now destroy a beloved friend to save his splintering kingdom?
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for some sexual content and violence.
Awards & Distinctions: ["
Academy Award for Best Writing, screenplay based on material from another medium, 1964", "
Academy Award: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Anhalt), 1964"]
Additional Contributors: Merrick, David - 1911-2000.
Anouilh, Jean - 1910-1987.
Brown, Pamela - 1917-1975.
Hunt, Martita - 1900-1969
Wolfit, Donald - 1902-1968.
Gielgud, John - 1904-2000.
Burton, Richard - 1925-1984.
O'Toole, Peter - 1932-2013
Glenville, Peter - 1913-1996.
Anhalt, Edward - 1914-2000.
Wallis, Hal B. - 1899-1986.
MPI Home Video (Firm)
ISBN: 9780788604706
0788604708
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Report This Jul 01, 2012
  • Theophila rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Good story, good acting, very intense. Shows how a man can change when is life is given over to God. Richard Burton is superb and Peter O'Toole a convincingly wicked and confused Henry II. Another English martyr for the Faith: St. Thomas a Beckett! Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury: a man of faith, conviction and principle. (Rather like St. Thomas More, also a Chancellor of England).

While Kwarah seems very emotional about this dvd, he / she shouldn't have given the end away!!

Report This Oct 21, 2011
  • kwarah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film demonstrates,,,, Monarchy is just glorified slavery. And, while England's obsession with the monarchy is revolting, watching BECKET ending up MURDERED, trying to serve the king & the church, is simply very revealing informative. BECKET's life time friendship & services is NOT worthy enough, to the paranoid English psycho-tyrant, Henry II. The ENDLESS power struggle between the Church & the monarchy has created more VICTIMS than victors. And BECKET just happened to be one the NAMELESS millions.

Report This Jan 06, 2010
  • joseph rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good - Becket (1964) 148 min. Richard Burton plays Thomas Becket, Bishop of Cantebury and saint during the 12th century in the reign of Henry II played magnificently by Peter O’Toole. O’Toole was nominated 8 times in his career and twice playing Henry II (in Becket and then in Lion In Winter). Of all his performances, this one for Becket had to be the best one – the film shines when he appears with his Shakespeare-like soliloquies. The film itself does provide an entertaining look at the latter life of Thomas Becket and worth watching. The film won a 1965 Oscar for Adapted Screenplay and nominated for oodles of Oscars including Picture, Director, Acting (O’Toole, Burton, and John Gielgud), and others.

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