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      A Man for All Seasons

      G Released Dec 12, 1966 2h 0m History Drama List
      89% Tomatometer 82 Reviews 87% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings When the highly respected British statesman Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) refuses to pressure the Pope into annulling the marriage of King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw) and his Spanish-born wife, More's clashes with the monarch increase in intensity. A devout Catholic, More stands by his religious principles and moves to leave the royal court. Unfortunately, the King and his loyalists aren't appeased by this, and press forward with grave charges of treason, further testing More's resolve. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Solid cinematography and enjoyable performances from Paul Scofield and Robert Shaw add a spark to this deliberately paced adaptation of the Robert Bolt play.

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      Richard Roud Guardian On the philosophical level this is no more profound or thought-provoking than Batman. However -- and this is a big however -- A Man for All Seasons is a good film, competently made and extremely well acted. Sep 8, 2022 Full Review Patrick Gibbs Daily Telegraph (UK) Paul Scofield's More, at once spritely and deadly serious, is a beautifully consistent study, generally low-pitched but always capable of an effective show of strength. Sep 8, 2022 Full Review John Russell Taylor Times (UK) The satisfactions to be gained from the film are preeminently quiet, civilized. But they are none the less real. Sep 8, 2022 Full Review Mark Johnson Awards Daily A Man For All Seasons is another British history lesson...often buttoned up too tightly with overstuffed pageantry and an exhausting air of elitism Jun 27, 2023 Full Review LIFE Staff LIFE In an era of muddled motives and nihilism, Sir Thomas satisfies our nostalgia not only for nobility but also for an age when a man, if he dared risk his head, knew exactly what he was risking it for. Sep 8, 2022 Full Review Penelope Gilliatt Observer (UK) For me the only thing wrong with the film, in fact, is the secret ingredient that it is inoffensively and sweetly boring. Sep 8, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Shay C I loved every moment of this film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/17/23 Full Review Michael J Great acting and important English History. Some of the moral dilemmas were interesting food for thought as well. Highly recommended! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/28/23 Full Review John R Wow, this film doesn't miss a single step. Every scene is interesting, filled with colorful characters, well-written dialogue and compelling plot points. Scofield's More is almost impossible to read, which just makes him more compelling in my opinion. Robert Shaw is kind of terrifying as Henry VIII, switching between joviality and wrath in the blink of an eye. John Hurt and Leo McKern are a great, power hungry duo. Thomas More suffers persecution at the hands of a monarch who simply will not be gainsaid and goes to the block with his conscience and his principles intact. It's an interesting question, especially as a Christian myself, if I would stand and die on the same hill as More. He's essentially unwilling to countenance divorce, and given the poor reasoning for Henry VIII's divorce, I think I'd have to agree with More on the merits of the argument. Whether I'd be willing to die for it, I'm not so sure. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/04/23 Full Review johnathon w Classic period drama thanks to some brilliant acting and directing. The cast is superb across the board, with Paul Scofield genius as Sir Thomas Moore, a pious man trying to be both a servant to his king and God, especially when they conflict when one another. He is shown to be adept at navigating the legal trials while maintaining his soul. It helps he gets fantastic support from the rest of the cast, particularly Robert Shaw as King Henry VIII, his jovial charisma makes you like him even as he turns into a tyrant. Behind the camera, Fred Zinnemann expertly adapts the book, with a brilliant mix of set pieces and dialogue. Yes, it is a lot of talking but it is shot so well, along with being so good, it remains a cinematic experience. Simply put, the kind of epic period dramas they just don't make anymore. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A deliberately paced, crisply written, and stunningly acted historical drama. A Man for All Seasons is a man of conviction and principle. A true 4 star historical British film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review stefan z This may be my favourite Christian movie of all time, even more so than The Mission. It does take some liberties, perhaps most so with John Hurt's character who is unrecognizably young, but is overall surprisingly accurate at the meat of it and the film's presentation of events is captivating throughout. An overture to start things off is always a welcomed mood-setter. The dialogue especially is just... wow! This NEEDS to be remastered. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis When the highly respected British statesman Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) refuses to pressure the Pope into annulling the marriage of King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw) and his Spanish-born wife, More's clashes with the monarch increase in intensity. A devout Catholic, More stands by his religious principles and moves to leave the royal court. Unfortunately, the King and his loyalists aren't appeased by this, and press forward with grave charges of treason, further testing More's resolve.
      Director
      Fred Zinnemann
      Producer
      Fred Zinnemann
      Screenwriter
      Robert Bolt
      Distributor
      Columbia Pictures
      Production Co
      Open Road
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      History, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 12, 1966, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 16, 2012
      Runtime
      2h 0m
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