A Man for All Seasons

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Released 1966

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Director:
Fred Zinnemann , Fred Zinneman
Released:
1966
Rating:
G

A Man for All Seasons won the Academy Award for Best Picture and five other Oscars for its take on the moral battle between King Henry VIII of England (Robert Shaw) and his Lord Chancellor, Thomas More (Paul Scofield, who won a Best Actor Oscar for this performance). In 16th century England, Henry VIII wants to break with the Roman Catholic Church so that he may divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon, and marry his mistress, Anne Boleyn (Vanessa Redgrave). The King has already banished Cardinal Wolsey (Orson Welles) for failing to win the Pope's approval and now wants to establish the alternative Church of England. Henry names Sir Thomas More as the new Lord Chancellor, but More refuses to condone what he considers an act of heresy. More resigns his position in the royal court, but the King will accept nothing less than a public declaration of support, due in no small part to the political machinations of his longtime rival, Thomas Cromwell (Leo McKern). Directed by Fred Zinnemann, this highly charged 1966 political drama explores the contrast between conscience and politics.

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