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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.
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This is a visually stunning film, perhaps even moreso than (for example) The Lion in Winter (1968) in which O'Toole also appears as Henry II. Granted, the relationship between Henry and Eleanor in that film is quite different from Henry's relationship with Becket. Also, The Lion in Winter covers only a few days during one Christmas season whereas the timeframe in Becket extends over several decades. However, both films focus on conflicting as well as congenial relationships.Read more ›
The title role is played by Burton , Becket the libertine Saxon who loves good things--and good things are Norman, while O'Toole plays Henry the Second, Norman Plantagenet king of England, grandson of William the Conqueror. He's also a libertine, a 'perennial adolescent' but deeply loves the only friend he ever had, the 'man he raised from nothing', Becket , who, unlike Henry, is an intellectual mastermind, loyal to his friend and king but unable to forgive himself for having lost his honor, long ago, when he decided that the good life meant collaborating with the hated Normans.
Whew! (For historical nitpickers Becket was a Norman as well, but never mind, the author needed the contrast and it plays wonderfully)
When The Archbishop of Canterbury dies of old age Henry believes he's hit upon a masterstroke to outfox any rivals to this powerfull post: He'll appoint Becket.
Becket: 'Have you considered what the Pope will say?'
Henry: 'I'll pay his price'
Becket: 'My lord, I beg you do not do this!'
Becket: 'It frightens me'
Henry: 'I thought you had God in the palm of your hand '
And at this point I wish to apologise for not doing enough justice to this masterpiece of wit, plot--and honor...
To say the acting is superb is an understatement.
Unfortunately since both Burton and O'Toole were 'leads' The Academy split and neither won the Oscar for Best Actor.Read more ›
The confrontation between Henry and the clergy is set immediately following the old archbishop's death, when Henry informs the assembled bishops that there will only be one head honcho in England, and that is the king. The bishops are not used to having their power abrogated by anyone outside the church; they answer only to the pope and to God. The king and clergy are on collision course, and Henry, to his chagrin, finds that Becket is solidly on the side of the Church his king has appointed him to represent. There will be no compromise here. The stage is thus set for a fateful confrontation.Read more ›
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. . . 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 22 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 23 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
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
I can only speak of the LaserDisc edition, which in itself was good enough to have the Widescreen version of such a masterpiece. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2003 by Patrick Selitrenny
This is truly one of the greatest movies ever. It is the story of King Henry II of England and his friendship and eventual conflict with his friend, Thomas Becket, whom he has... Read morePublished on July 23 2003 by Roger J. Buffington