Becket

Becket

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Director: Peter Glenville

Cast: Peter Glenville, Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud

     
 

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A high-class costume drama with a substantive historical basis, Becket is the true story of the friendship between King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) and Thomas à Becket (Richard Burton), a royal courtier and confidant whom Henry appoints as Archbishop of Canterbury. As Becket takes his duties with the Church seriously, he finds himself increasingly at odds with theSee more details below

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Overview

A high-class costume drama with a substantive historical basis, Becket is the true story of the friendship between King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) and Thomas à Becket (Richard Burton), a royal courtier and confidant whom Henry appoints as Archbishop of Canterbury. As Becket takes his duties with the Church seriously, he finds himself increasingly at odds with the King, who finally orders the death of his once-close companion when he continues to defy the throne. Burton is very good and O'Toole is even better: both men were nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, while Edward Anhalt's screenplay, based on the stageplay by Jean Anouilh, won for Best Adapted Screenplay. The basic theme of separation of church and state still reverberates today, while the top-notch production values ensure Becket's place as one of Britain's better historical epics.

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All Movie Guide
In 1964, Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton were the two biggest British film acting stars, and they were paired in an historical epic about the friendship between King Henry II (O'Toole) and Thomas à Becket (Burton). The film, directed flawlessly if staidly by Peter Glenville, was based on a bitterly sardonic stage play by Jean Anouilh. The movie is less edgy and features much talk and little action, even though its bloody climax was already well-known from history. Burton and O'Toole are great sparring partners, displaying tremendous acting talent. They and John Gielgud, who played French king Louis VII, were Oscar-nominated but didn't win; screenwriter Edward Anhalt won an Oscar for adapting the play. Becket emblematizes the serious, stagey historical dramas of the 1950s and 1960s. Glenville's short directing career would end a few years later.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2007
UPC:
0030306105390
Original Release:
1964
Source:
Mpi Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:30:00
Sales rank:
778

Special Features

Commentary with Peter O'Toole; Theatrical trailer; Still gallery; Interviews with editor Anne V. Coates and composer Laurence Rosenthal; Archival interviews with Richard Burton; TV spot

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Burton Thomas Becket
Peter O'Toole Henry II
John Gielgud Louis VII
Donald Wolfit Bishop Folliot
Martita Hunt Queen Matilda
Pamela Brown Queen Eleanor
Gino Cervi Cardinal Zambelli
Paolo Stoppa Pope Alexander III
David Weston Brother John
Felix Aylmer Archbishop of Canterbury
Inigo Jackson Duke of Leicester
Sian Phillips Gwendolen
Veronique Vendell Pretty French Girl
Gerald Lawson English Peasant
Jennifer Hilary Peasant's Daughter
Riggs O'Hara Prince Henry
John Phillips Bishop of Winchester
Frank Pettingell Bishop of York
Hamilton Dyce Bishop of Chichester
Linda Marlowe Farmer's Daughter
Geoffrey Bayldon Brother Philip
Graham Stark Pope's Secretary
Victor Spinetti French Tailor
Niall MacGinnis Baron
Percy Herbert Baron
Christopher Rhodes Baron
Peter Jeffrey Baron
Patrick Newell William of Corbeil
Edward Woodward Clement

Technical Credits
Peter Glenville Director
Edward Anhalt Screenwriter
Jean Anouilh Screenwriter
John Bryan Production Designer
Maurice Carter Production Designer
Anne V. Coates Editor
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Laurence Rosenthal Score Composer
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
Hal B. Wallis Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Becket
1. Opening Credits [1:47]
2. "In the Year 1066" [8:18]
3. The Noble Thomas Becket [10:23]
4. The Thrill of the Hunt [9:40]
5. Gwendolen's Sweet Voice [10:43]
6. Business Before Pleasure [8:18]
7. The Inevitable Conflict of Interest [10:22]
8. The New Archbishop of Canterbury [9:34]
9. A Higher Loyalty [8:40]
10. A Friendship Torn [9:34]
11. Excommunication Leads to Accusations [9:48]
12. The Trial of Thomas Becket [9:01]
13. The Exile [9:21]
14. A Meeting of Old Friends [9:44]
15. The King's Heavy Heart [9:55]
16. The Return From Exile [9:57]
17. A Posthumous Declaration [2:55]

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