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Adaptation of Robert Bolt's play about Sir Thomas More, a Catholic statesman in England who rebelled against Henry VIII's self-proclaimed status as the head of the Church of England and paid for his religious beliefs by having his head exhibited on London Bridge.
Robert Bolt's successful play was not considered a hot commercial property by Columbia Pictures--a period piece about a moral issue without a star, without even a love story. Perhaps that's why Columbia left director Fred Zinnemann alone to make A Man for All Seasons, as long as he stuck to a relatively small budget. The results took everyone by surprise, as the talky morality play became a box-office hit and collected the top Oscars for 1966. At the play's heart is the standoff between King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw, in young lion form) and Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield, in an Oscar-winning performance). Henry wants More's official approval of divorce, but More's strict ethical and religious code will not let him waffle. More's rectitude is a source of exasperation to Cardinal Wolsey (Orson Welles in a cameo), who chides, "If you could just see facts flat on without that horrible moral squint." Zinnemann's approach is all simplicity, and indeed the somewhat prosaic staging doesn't create a great deal of cinematic excitement. But the language is worth savoring, and the ethical politics are debated with all the calm and majesty of an absorbing chess game. --Robert Horton
Another view at Henry VIII rule. Brings in a long forgotten character.Published 4 days ago by RFMeaux
A look at the life of Thomas More...well acted and a story well told cinematically. In light of the current mini series, "Wolf Hall," I found A Man for All Seasons helpful... Read morePublished 1 month ago by misskay
This is such a great film. Scofield's performance is magnificent, but I actually love Shaw's even more. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer
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|What is "Special" about this "Special Edition?"||
Yes, I agree that Amazon says nothing about this "Special Edition".
I also have the (regular version) film on DVD, and was wondering what makes the special edition special.
Does anyone know?
Mar 2, 2007 by C. Ferry | See all 13 posts