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Becket
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USA, UK 1964
Comments:
Director: Peter Glenville
Screenplay: Jean Anouilh (Plzy), Edward Anhalt (screenplay)
Producer: Hal Wallis
Cast: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud
Genre: Drama, Biography, History

Running Time: 2
Aspect Ratio:  2.20:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English
Features: Commentary by Peter O'Toole
Theatrical trailer
Interviews with editor Anne V. Coats and composer Laurence Rosenthal
TV spot
Studio:  Paramount Film Service DVD Region:  0 PG-13
DVD Release:  Nov 2008 Discs:  1 (Cloud) []
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Reviews:  King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas Becket, technically a deacon of the church, to the post. Unfortunately, Becket takes the job seriously and provides abler opposition to Henry than his predecessors were able to do. This leads to the famous "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?"

As the story opens, King Henry II, who ruled England from 1154 to 1189 has entered Canterbury Cathedral to do penance at the tomb of his former friend, Thomas Becket. Bare to the waist, the king kneels to receive a flogging from Saxon monks. He begins to reminisce, recalling at first the carefree, promiscuous adventures with Becket, then his favorite drinking and wenching companion. A violently emotional drama that probes the changing relationship between two young men - between two close friends bound together by similar pride of flesh and spirit who become deadly enemies as they pursue their separate destinies . . . that of king . . . and saint.


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