Anne of the Thousand Days

Overview

Anne of the Thousand Days is the belated film adaptation of Maxwell Anderson's 1948 stage play. The story concentrates on the romance between Britain's King Henry VIII Richard Burton and his ill-fated second wife Anne Boleyn Genevieve Bujold. After holding out for marriage rather than an illegitimate union, Anne marries Henry after he sheds himself of Katherine of Aragon -- causing a rift between the Crown and the Church in the process. Anne's inability to produce a male heir leads Henry to look about for other ...
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Overview

Anne of the Thousand Days is the belated film adaptation of Maxwell Anderson's 1948 stage play. The story concentrates on the romance between Britain's King Henry VIII Richard Burton and his ill-fated second wife Anne Boleyn Genevieve Bujold. After holding out for marriage rather than an illegitimate union, Anne marries Henry after he sheds himself of Katherine of Aragon -- causing a rift between the Crown and the Church in the process. Anne's inability to produce a male heir leads Henry to look about for other suitable mates. Henry's sinister right-hand man Cromwell John Colicos arranges for Anne to be condemned on a charge of adultery. She is beheaded, while Henry disconsolately sits in Windsor Castle, regretting this callous example of political expediency. Richard Burton is ideally cast in Anne of the Thousand Days, but it is Genevieve Bujold who delivers the best, most complex performance in the film.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
In this 1969 historical drama, Genevieve Bujold not only dons the costumes of Anne Boleyn, the doomed second wife of Henry VIII, but also her personal qualities. Bujold is Boleyn, with beauty enough to attract a king and guile enough to win him before she loses her head to the treachery of court politics. Bujold accents her portrayal with just enough tenacity to reveal something of the strong-willed child she would bear, Elizabeth I. Richard Burton ably portrays a ranting Henry obsessed with shedding his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, in order to bed Boleyn and sire a male heir. Director Charles Jarrott's adaptation of the 1948 Maxwell Anderson play of the same name moves at an engrossing pace as it reveals the intrigue and scheming that led to Henry's divorce, his founding of the Church of England, and his eventual rejection of Boley. The rustle and swirl of stunning period robes and gowns seasons the film with authenticity and atmosphere. Anthony Quayle brings appropriate gravitas to his role as the powerful statesman and cleric Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, and John Colicos infuses his character, Thomas Cromwell, with the kind of sly deceit that Cromwell appears to have used in dooming Boleyn. With her austere looks, Irene Papas is well cast as Catherine of Aragon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/1995
  • UPC: 096898016339
  • Original Release: 1969
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Burton Henry VIII
Geneviève Bujold Anne Boleyn
Irene Papas Katharine of Aragon
Anthony Quayle Cardinal Wolsey
John Colicos Thomas Cromwell
Michael Hordern Thomas Boleyn
Katherine Blake Elizabeth Boleyn
Peter Jeffrey Norfolk
Joseph O'Conor Fisher
William Squire Thomas More
Valeiie Gearon Mary Boleyn
Vernon Dobtcheff Mendoza
Gary Bond Mark Smeaton
Terence Wilton Lord Harry Percy
Denis Quilley Weston
Esmond Knight Kingston
T.P. McKenna Norris
Michael Johnson George Boleyn
Marne Maitland Compeggio
Nora Swinburne Lady Kingston
June C. Ellis Bess
Cyril Luckham Prior Houghton
Brook Williams Brereton
Lesley Paterson Jane Seymour
Kynaston Reeves Willoughby
Amanda Jane Smythe Baby Elizabeth
Nicola Pagett Princess Mary
Kate Burton Serving Maid
Liza Todd Burton Beggar Maid
Elizabeth Taylor Courtesan
Technical Credits
Charles Jarrott Director
John Aldred Sound/Sound Designer
Ron Berkeley Makeup
Bridget Boland Screenwriter
Maurice Carter Production Designer
Lionel Couch Production Designer
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
John Hale Screenwriter
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Ibbetson Cinematographer
Richard Marden Editor
Patrick McLoughlin Set Decoration/Design
Richard McWhorter Associate Producer
Simon Relph Asst. Director
Mary Skeaping Choreography
Tom Smith Makeup
Richard Sokolove Original Story
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Paul Wilson Camera Operator
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2002

    A tradgic love story

    This is a fantastic movie. Genevieve Bujold shines! This is a movie for everyone. A MUST SEE!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2002

    Anne Boleyn shines through the pages of history

    I watched this film for the first time at school when I was about eleven. I was captivated and it was this film what made history come alive for me. Since then, my passion has grown and I have done my own research, to back up the historical events that took place during the time of the Reformation. Anne of the Thousand Days was an excellent film. I was particularly moved at the end of it, when Anne and Henry's two year old daughter Princess Elizabeth went for a stroll, alone.

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