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A man for all seasons

Author: Fred ZinnemannWendy HillerLeo McKernOrson WellesRobert ShawAll authors
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2005.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine of Aragon, is unable to produce an heir to the throne, he uses that as a pretext for the Pope to grant him a divorce, so he can marry his newest conquest, Anne Boleyn. The King is backed by everyone on this request except the highly regarded and religious Sir Thomas More. When Cardinal Wolsey, Chancellor of England, names More as his successor, it becomes important for Henry  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Named Person: Thomas More, Saint; Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex; Henry, King of England; Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex; Henry, King of England; Thomas More, Saint
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Fred Zinnemann; Wendy Hiller; Leo McKern; Orson Welles; Robert Shaw; Susannah York; Paul Scofield; Nigel Davenport; John Hurt; Corin Redgrave; Georges Delerue; Robert Bolt; Columbia Pictures.; Columbia TriStar Home Video (Firm); Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm)
ISBN: 0767827074 9780767827072
OCLC Number: 63113305
Language Note: Closed captioned.
Notes: Based on the play by Robert Bolt.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1966.
Special features, languages, and subtitles may vary.
Credits: Cinematography, Tom Moore ; editor, Ralph Kemplan ; music by Georges Delerue.
Cast: Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Paul Scofield, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt, Corin Redgrave.
Awards: Academy Award for Best Picture, 1966.
Target Audience: Rated G.
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; region 1; widescreen anamorphic, aspect ratio 1.85:1; Dolby Digital; remastered in high definition.
Responsibility: Columbia Pictures ; screenplay by Robert Bolt ; produced and directed by Fred Zinnemann.

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When Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine of Aragon, is unable to produce an heir to the throne, he uses that as a pretext for the Pope to grant him a divorce, so he can marry his newest conquest, Anne Boleyn. The King is backed by everyone on this request except the highly regarded and religious Sir Thomas More. When Cardinal Wolsey, Chancellor of England, names More as his successor, it becomes important for Henry to get More's support, but More cannot be swayed. Henry demands the clergy to renounce the Pope and to name him Head of the Church of England. Oliver Cromwell frames More, forcing him to resign as Chancellor. Eventually More is brought to trial, found guilty of treason, and beheaded. Fred Zinneman directs this excellent biographical drama about the conflicts faced by Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) when King Henry VIII asks him to break with the Pope and grant him a divorce. Based on Robert Bolt's stage play, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS is a powerful, cerebral story, supported by an excellent cast and characterization. Vanessa Redgrave would later participate in a well-received made-for-television remake in 1988. This biographical drama earned eight Academy Award nominations and six wins, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Paul Scofield), and Best (Adapted) Screenplay.

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