The story takes place in 16th century England. But men like Sir Thomas More, who love life yet have the moral fiber to lay down their lives for their principles, are found in every century. Concentrating on the last seven years of English chancellor's life, the struggle between More and his King, Henry VIII, hinges on Henry's determination to break with Rome so he can divorce his current wife and wed again, and good Catholic More's inability to go along with such heresy. More resigns as chancellor, hoping to be able to live out his life as a private citizen. But Henry will settle for nothing less than that the much respected More give public approval to his headstrong course. Written by
At the end of the film, Thomas More picks the blossom of a tree called Aesculus hippocastanum L., a tree that appeared in Europe only in the 17th century and was introduced by the Turks. See more »
[first spoken lines are over 6 minutes into the film]
...there's the country every second bastard born is fathered by a priest.
[clears throat to get More's attention]
Why, in Utopia, that couldn't be.
Well, there the priests are very holy.
Therefore, very few.
Sir Thomas More:
Is it anything interesting, Matthew?
Bless you, sir, I don't know.
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Lush costumer well set , magnificently performed and convincing directed
This magnificent picture concerns on Sir Thomas Moro'conflict with
Henry VIII . Moro(Paul Scofield, in the title role) was Henry
VIII's(Robert Shaw) most able chancellor, he was a man of the
Renaissance, lawyer , philosopher, writer(His most famous work was
Utopia), and statesman. He was also a devoted husband and father, and,
above all, a pious Catholic. Henry was well aware of Moro's brilliance
and the strength of his chancellor's religious faith. When Henry
proclaimed himself Head of Church, it was inevitable that the two men
would clash. The origin conflict takes place when Catherine of Aragon
was married to Arthur,Henry VII's older brother, Arthur died six months
later, and Henry VIII marries to Catherine.Cardinal Wolsey(Orson
Welles) failed to obtain the Pope's permission for Henry's marriage to
Anne Boleyn and his fall was swift, he was summoned before Henry and
forced to surrender his seal of office. Then Henry breaks with Catholic
Church and secretly married Anne Boleyn and after creates Anglican
religion. Thomas is led to council formed by Duke of Norfolk(Nigel
Davenport), Archbishop Cranmer, Cromwell(Leo McKern) and Richard
Rich(John Hurt). Later Moro is judged by the court, those who stood in
Henry's way, even those he claimed to love, invariably ended on the
This splendid costumer-drama contains excellent performances by all
star cast. Paul Scofield won deservedly Academy Award as upright
chancellor with fateful destination but he was led from his cell in the
Tower of London and beheaded. Outstanding Orson Welles at a brief
appearance as Cardinal Wolsey and extraordinary plethora of secondaries
as a young John Hurt, Wendy Hiller as his spouse Alice, Nigel Davenport
as astute Duke of Norfolk, among others. And of course Robert Shaw as
selfish King who discarded his first wife Catherine of Aragon and
executed Anne Boleyn-Vanessa Redgrave in a very secondary role-.
Colorful,luxurious scenarios by John Box with evocative cinematography
by Ted Moore, also Oscar winner. The movie benefits from sensible and
perceptible musical score by George Delerue.Brilliant direction by Fred
Zinnemann who adapted perfectly Robert Bolt's screenplay.
The story is remade in 1988, an inferior TV version directed and
produced by Charlton Heston with John Gielgud as Cardenal Wolsey, again
Vanessa Redgrave and Heston as Thomas Moro.
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