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FILM DETAILS
Certificate U
Cast
Paul Scofield
Wendy Hiller
Leo McKern
Robert Shaw
Orson Welles
Directors
Fred Zinnemann
Screenwriters
Constance Willis
Robert Bolt
Running Time
120 minutes

A Man For All Seasons
For King, country, Pope and faith: Robert Bolt's screenplay moves to the big screen with all its baggage intact.


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Plot
Adapted from Robert Bolt's play (by Bolt himself), this is the tale of Sir Thomas More (Scofield), the Catholic statesman who opposed King Henry VIII's (Shaw) self-appointment as Spiritual Leader of the Church of England, all because the Pope wouldn't grant his wife an annulment. More protests, Henry loses his rag, the rest is history...


Verdict
Prestigious, well turned out piece of British historical drama with enough genuine intrigue and wit to persuade some audiences they aren't watching a history lesson.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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