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For the first time in more than 40 years, experience two of the greatest actors of our time in one of the most honored motion pictures in history. Peter O'Toole delivers an electrifying performance as the mischievous Henry II, who surprises England by naming his fellow rogue and trusted valet 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 ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS, TRUE GRIT and CASABLANCA.
A great encore for Peter O'Toole after 'Lawrence of Arabia' - having Richard Burton as a co-star is a great plus.Published 18 months ago by Thomas Ward
. . . at least this one. But Richard Burton's performance is a stellar one, understated, although I found the characterization of his conversion from hell-bent-for-leather... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Maurice A. Rhodes
This is a superb movie. Great performances by Richard Burton & Peter O'Toole.
A true historical tale of the conflict between the Saxon's of England & their recent... Read more
Good historical portrayal of the story of Sir Thomas Becket and his murder. Found the quality of the dvd left a lot to be desired. Read morePublished 19 months ago by caseygirl
How could a story by Jean Anouilh in a film with Richard Burton, John Gielgud and Peter O'Toole not be worth having on one's shelf? A gem. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2010 by montrealmichael
The movie is good, though it will likely bore today's average movie-goer to tears. Smart dialogue, very well acted, no action whatsoever; you watch it for the pleasure of seeing... Read morePublished on April 10 2009 by Meagol
What a wonderful movie buta horrific version on VHS. Some of the scenes are so dark you have to really stretch to even make out basic facial features. Read morePublished on July 2 2004
BECKET is a movie about the Saxon Thomas Becket and his friendship with the Norman King Henry II. Seking more influence over the Roman Catholic Church of England Henry appoints... Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003 by Peter Kenney