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A Man for All Seasons (1966)

Directed by


Starring (View all)
Paul Scofield Paul Scofield
Sir Thomas More
Wendy Hiller Wendy Hiller
Alice More
Leo McKern Leo McKern
Thomas Cromwell
Robert Shaw Robert Shaw
King Henry VIII
Orson Welles Orson Welles
Cardinal Wolsey
Susannah York Susannah York
Margaret More
Nigel Davenport Nigel Davenport
Duke of Norfolk
John Hurt John Hurt
Richard Rich


Written by
Robert Bolt Robert Bolt
(from the play by)


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A Man for All Seasons

3 years, 9 months ago at May 21 2:00
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Fred Zinnemann made several great films of the studio era, like From Here to Eternity, High Noon, and The Nun’s Story. His style was spartan craftsmanship with an emphasis on the psychological reality of his characters, and a keen eye for casting that brought some of the best performances of their respective careers. Think of Gary Cooper’s stoic sheriff, Donna Reed’s weary call girl, Julie H... read more

A very enjoyable classic for all film fans!

13 years, 2 months ago at Jan 2 22:55
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For years, I have had A Man For All Seasons on DVD in my possession and have been meaning to watch it so when I looked upon it in my collection, I had this strong and rather sudden urge to watch it. There are a lot of films based on a true story with kings, queens, chancellors etc that have either been just decent or bad but I admit that A Man For All Seasons is probably the most successful of tha... read more

A classic

11 years, 4 months ago at Oct 12 8:44
1 vote
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this movie but since it won the best picture Academy award, I thought I should give it a try. It is only the 3rd movie directed by Fred Zinnemann that I had the pleasure to watch (following 'The Day of the Jackal’ and ‘The Nun's Story’) and I’m more and more impressed every time by his work. I mean, those 3 movies were completely different but they all d... read more
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Henry VIII wants to divorce his wife, and seeks the approval of the aristocracy. Sir Thomas More is a man of principle and reason, and is thus placed in a difficult position: should he stand up for his principles, risking the wrath of a corrupt King fond of executing people for treason? Or should he bow to the seemingly unstoppable corruption of Henry VIII, who has no qualms about bending the law to suit his own needs?
Release date: 16 December 1966
UPC: 043396032569
Tags: Drama (12), Biography (8), Historical (8), 1966 (7), Royalty (5), British (4), Religion (4), 1960s (4), Execution (4), Based On A Play (4), Politics (3), Political (3), UK (2), Murder (2), Best Picture Oscar (2), Period Drama (2), Oscar Winner (2), Technicolor (2), History (1), Friendship (1)
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“Fred Zinnemann made several great films of the studio era, like From Here to Eternity, High Noon, and The Nun’s Story. His style was spartan craftsmanship with an emphasis on the psychological reality of his characters, and a keen eye for casting that brought some of the best performances of their respective careers. Think of Gary Cooper’s stoic sheriff, Donna Reed’s weary call girl, Julie Harris’ moody tomboy, or Don Murray’s drug addict, and how they’re highlights in uniformly strong ensembles.   These qualities carry over into A Man for All Seasons, Zinnemann’s tony adaptation of a respectable play. It cleaned up at the 39th Academy Awards, nabbing six wins out of eight nominations, during an era where that voting body loved three things: British cinema, stage adaptati” read more

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