A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons

Paul Scofield
Director: Fred Zinnemann Cast: Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
, Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller
, Leo McKern
Leo McKern
Fred Zinnemann

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Overview

Adapted by Robert Bolt and Constance Willis from Bolt's hit stage play, A Man for All Seasons stars Paul Scofield, triumphantly repeating his stage role as Sir Thomas More. The crux of the film is the staunchly Catholic More's refusal to acknowledge King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw)'s break from the church to divorce his first wife and marry Anne Boleyn (an unbilled Vanessa Redgrave). Sir Thomas willingly goes to the chopping block rather than sacrifice his ideals. Director Fred Zinnemann retains the play's verbosity without sacrificing the film's strong sense of visuals. The impeccably chosen cast includes Wendy Hiller as Sir Thomas' likably contentious wife Alice, John Hurt as the deceitful Richard Rich (More's put-downs of this despicable character provide some of the film's biggest laughs), Orson Welles as a dour Cardinal Woolsey, Leo McKern as the ambitious Thomas Cromwell, and Susannah York as More's daughter Margaret. The "Common Man," an important bridging-the-scenes character in the original play, is removed from the film version, which does just fine without him. A Man for All Seasons won six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, as well as seven British Film Academy awards.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/2007
UPC: 0043396180857
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 488

Special Features

The Life of Saint Thomas More featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Scofield Thomas More
Wendy Hiller Alice More
Leo McKern Thomas Cromwell
Robert Shaw Henry VIII
Orson Welles Cardinal Wolsey
Susannah York Margaret More
Vanessa Redgrave Anne Boleyn
Nigel Davenport Duke of Norfolk
John Hurt Richard Rich
Corin Redgrave William Roper
Colin Blakely Matthew
Yootha Joyce Averil Machin
Cyril Luckham Archbishop Cranmer
Thomas Heathcote Boatman
Anthony Nicholls King's Representative
John Nettleton Jailer
Eira Heath Matthew's wife
Molly Urquhart Maid
Paul Hardwick Courtier
Michael Latimer Norfolk's Aide
Philip Brack Captain of Guard
Martin Boddey Governor of Tower
Eric Mason Executioner
Matt Zimmerman Messenger
Jack Gwyllim Chief Justice

Technical Credits
Fred Zinnemann Director,Producer
Eric Allwright Makeup
Robert Bolt Screenwriter
John Box Production Designer
Joan Bridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Georges Delerue Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
George Frost Makeup
William N. Graf Executive Producer
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Josie MacAvin Set Decoration/Design
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Ted Moore Cinematographer
Constance Willis Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Man for All Seasons
1. Start [5:15]
2. A Butcher's Summons [4:13]
3. With the Cardinal [6:43]
4. Petitions [1:00]
5. Home to Chelsea [5:07]
6. Saying "No" to a Heretic [4:06]
7. The Duke of Norfolk [1:22]
8. The New Lord Chancellor [1:47]
9. "Surprise" Visit [5:02]
10. Quiet Words [8:20]
11. Catching the Tide [4:12]
12. A Bad, Dangerous Spy [3:22]
13. Rich & the New Secretary [4:30]
14. The King's Answer [1:20]
15. More Resigns [1:36]
16. Explaining His Decision [1:34]
17. The King's Wedding Day [10:31]
18. A Letter [2:39]
19. Conversation With Cromwell [1:04]
20. Ending a Friendship [5:07]
21. News of the Oath [4:57]
22. In the Tower [1:36]
23. An Inquiry [2:34]
24. Family Visit [7:21]
25. The Trial [7:56]
26. Richard Rich Testifies [6:12]
27. Verdict & Discharge [4:21]
28. Sentence Carried Out [3:48]

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