Director Peter Glenville | 1964 | 148 minutes | Drama | English
Nominated for 12 Academy Awards
Peter O’Toole delivers an electrifying performance as the mischievous Henry II, who surprises England by naming his fellow rogue and trusted confidant Thomas Becket (Richard Burton in a career defining role) as Chancellor. But when Henry next appoints him Archbishop Of Canterbury, Becket shocks the world by openly defying the King with his newfound faith and compassion. Will a desperate ruler now destroy a beloved friend to save his splintering kingdom? John Gielgud co-stars in this stunning epic based on the Broadway sensation and brought to the screen by Hal Wallis, the legendary producer of True Grit and Casablanca.
“BECKET MAY SEEM LIKE A MOVIE OF YESTERYEAR, BUT ITS TIMELINESS BRIMS OVER WITH ROUSING, MEDITATIVE DISCOURSES.”
–THE WASHINGTON POST
“WATCHING BECKET IS TO SEE A FORM OF STYLIZED, EPIC MOVIEMAKING NOT PRACTICED TODAY.”
–SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
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