Becket

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  • PG-13
Peter O’Toole delivers an electrifying performance as the mischievous Henry II, who surprises England by naming his fellow rogue and trusted confidant Thomas Becket (Richard Burton in a career defining role) as Chancellor. But when Henry next appoints... read more
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Peter O’Toole delivers an electrifying performance as the mischievous Henry II, who surprises England by naming his fellow rogue and trusted confidant Thomas Becket (Richard Burton in a career defining role) as Chancellor. But when Henry next appoints him Archbishop Of Canterbury, Becket shocks the world by openly defying the King with his newfound faith and compassion. Will a desperate ruler now destroy a beloved friend to save his splintering kingdom? John Gielgud co-stars in this stunning epic based on the Broadway sensation and brought to the screen by Hal Wallis, the legendary producer of True Grit and Casablanca .

Original Release

03/11/1964

US Release

03/11/1964

Cast

John Gielgud King Louis VII of France / King Louis of France
Peter O'Toole King Henry II / His King
Richard Burton Thomas Becket / Becket
Martita Hunt Empress Matilda
Donald Wolfit Bishop Folliot
Gino Cervi Cardinal Zambelli / the Cardinal
Paolo Stoppa Pope Alexander III / the Pope
Pamela Brown Queen Eleanor [of Aquitaine] / Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine
Siân Phillips Gwendolen
Felix Aylmer Archbishop of Canterbury
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Peter Glenville

Writers

Jean Anouilh, Edward Anhalt, Lucienne Hill

Cast

John Gielgud King Louis VII of France / King Louis of France
Peter O'Toole King Henry II / His King
Richard Burton Thomas Becket / Becket
Martita Hunt Empress Matilda
Donald Wolfit Bishop Folliot
Gino Cervi Cardinal Zambelli / the Cardinal
Paolo Stoppa Pope Alexander III / the Pope
Pamela Brown Queen Eleanor [of Aquitaine] / Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine
Siân Phillips Gwendolen
Felix Aylmer Archbishop of Canterbury
Niall MacGinnis Baron
Christopher Rhodes Baron
Magda Konopka Girl on Balcony
David Weston Brother John
Percy Herbert Baron
Graham Stark Pope's Secretary
Véronique Vendell French prostitute / French prostitute (as Veronique Vendell)
Frank Pettingell Bishop of York
Peter Jeffrey Baron
Inigo Jackson Robert de Beaumont

Producers

Joseph H. Hazen Executive Producer
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Peter O'Toole Producer

Editors

Anne V. Coates

1965OscarBest Picture Nominated
1965OscarBest Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1965OscarBest Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1965OscarBest Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1965OscarBest Director Nominated
1965OscarBest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Won
1965OscarBest Cinematography, Color Nominated
1965OscarBest Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color Nominated
1965OscarBest Costume Design, Color Nominated
1965OscarBest Sound Nominated
1965OscarBest Film Editing Nominated
1965OscarBest Music, Substantially Original Score Nominated
1965Golden GlobeBest Motion Picture - Drama Won
1965Golden GlobeBest Director Nominated
1965Golden GlobeBest Actor - Drama Won
1965Golden GlobeBest Actor - Drama Nominated
1965Golden GlobeBest Original Score Nominated
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