King Henry VIII (Richard Burton), frustrated by his wife's inability to give him a male heir, casts his eye on young Anne Boleyn (Genevieve Bujold) and sets about courting her. She is in love with another man, but no matter to the King; he will have his way. Henry woos and finally wins her when he says she will be his Queen.
This is a wonderful historical drama about unbridled lust, unlimited power, and a King's consuming need to have a son. Burton is the perfect Henry; with his magnificent voice and stately manner he's terrifying and foolish and truly lord of all he surveys. As Anne, Canadian actress Bujold, in her first Hollywood film, matches Burton's strength and passion. Both actors are eloquent and charismatic and it is a pleasure to watch history unfold and be changed because of this love affair.
Elegant homes, castles, and the English countryside make for stunning locations and the Oscar-winning costumes are sumptuous. Heartily recommended.