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Becket (1964)

PG-13 148 min - Drama, History - 11 March 1964
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King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas Becket, technically a deacon of the church, to the post. Unfortunately, Becket takes the job seriously and provides abler opposition to Henry.

Director:  Peter Glenville
Writers:  Jean Anouilh
Stars:  Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Gino Cervi, Paolo Stoppa, Donald Wolfit, Martita Hunt, Pamela Brown, Siân Phillips, Felix Aylmer, Niall MacGinnis, Christopher Rhodes, John Phillips, Magda Konopka, David Weston

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King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas Becket, technically a deacon of the church, to the post. Unfortunately, Becket takes the job seriously and provides abler opposition to Henry.



Tagline: An age of rampant lusts, abandon, runaway passions. An age brought bristling to life by two of the most exciting stars of our time!

Genres: Drama, History

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Language:  English, Latin, Cymraeg
Release Date:  11 March 1964

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Runtime:  2 h 28 min

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ACTOR — Richard Burton {“Thomas Becket”}
ACTOR — Peter O’Toole {“King Henry II”}
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — John Gielgud {“King Louis VII of France”}
ART DIRECTION (Color) — Art Direction: John Bryan, Maurice Carter; Set Decoration: Patrick McLoughlin, Robert Cartwright
CINEMATOGRAPHY (Color) — Geoffrey Unsworth
COSTUME DESIGN (Color) — Margaret Furse
DIRECTING — Peter Glenville
FILM EDITING — Anne Coates
MUSIC (Music Score–substantially original) — Laurence Rosenthal
BEST PICTURE — Hal B. Wallis, Producer
SOUND — Shepperton Studio Sound Department, John Cox, Sound Director
WRITING (Screenplay–based on material from another medium) — Edward Anhalt


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