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Becket (1964 movie)

3 Ratings: 3.7
Art House & International and Classics movie directed by Peter Glenville

Made in 1964, but set in 12th-century England, this is the fact-based story of Henry II (Peter O'Toole) and his dear friend, the Archbishop of Canterbury (Richard Burton). When the king appoints his former drinking buddy to the high religious office, … see full wiki

Director: Peter Glenville
Genre: Foreign
4 reviews about Becket (1964 movie)
review by . August 26, 2010
Decidedly mixed review
OK, I'll play devil's advocate here with a less than glowing opinion. I enjoyed watching this DVD, but the screenplay, based on the stage play, is truly dated and inaccurate in many respects. Like all human beings, Thomas Becket was flawed in many ways, among them in his arrogance and tactlessness. He invited his own murder, and it is puzzling that such a consummate diplomat would forget all of his considerable negotiation skills as archbishop. Filmmakers would repeat this mistake a few …
review by . February 25, 2008
OK, I'll play devil's advocate here with a less than glowing opinion. I enjoyed watching this DVD, but the screenplay, based on the stage play, is truly dated and inaccurate in many respects. Like all human beings, Thomas Becket was flawed in many ways, among them in his arrogance and tactlessness. He invited his own murder, and it is puzzling that such a consummate diplomat would forget all of his considerable negotiation skills as archbishop. Filmmakers would repeat this mistake a few years later, …
review by . May 09, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
"Becket"    Love vs. Power    Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride    "Becket" ranks as one of the finest films ever made. It has an engrossing story, brilliant actors, gorgeous and lush photography and costumes and cinematically it is pure joy. I remember when I was teaching a course in film theory to a group of boys at a military high school in New Orleans, two of the films I chose were "The Lion In Winter" and "Becket", two complimentary historical …
review by . February 17, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Peter Glenville's direction of this film in no way diminishes the quality of acting among members of the cast, notably Burton and O'Toole, both of whom were nominated for an Academy Award for best actor in a leading role; however, Glenville allows a somewhat sluggish pace which reduces the dramatic impact of the plot, and especially of the multi-dimensional relationship between Thomas Becket (Burton) and his monarch, Henry II (O'Toole). In fact, Edward Anhalt received an Academy Award for his adaptation …
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