A Man For All Seasons

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(out of 5)

The Best Picture Oscar winner of 1966 is this powerful adaptation of Robert Bolt’s thought-provoking play.  It takes place in the court of King Henry VIII (), who decides to challenge the Catholic Church’s opposition to divorce in order to leave Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn.  Seeking the support of the aristocracy, Henry receives mostly favourable support from those who fear their monarch, until he comes upon one principled man. is excellent as Sir Thomas More, one who believes that it is when his beliefs are most inconvenient to him that they actually mean something, and remains steadfast in his opposition to the King even though it means risking his own life. Spirited performances and excellent period detail put this one over, but it is the intelligence of the writing that really makes it as good today as it was in 1966. It’s very tasteful filmmaking, which basically means that however you react to that particular word when it comes to watching movies will dictate whether or not you should go out of your way to watch it.

Highland Films

United Kingdom, 1966

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by

Produced by Fred Zinnemann

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards
Best Actor (Paul Scofield as “Sir Thomas More”)
Best Cinematography (Color) (Ted Moore)
Best Costume Design (Color) (Elizabeth Haffenden, Joan Bridge)
Best Directing (Fred Zinnemann)
Best Picture (Fred Zinnemann, producer)
Best Writing (Screenplay–based on material from another medium (Robert Bolt)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robert Shaw as “King Henry VIII”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Wendy Hiller as “Alice More”)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Paul Scofield)
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Robert Shaw)

New York Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Actor (Paul Scofield)
Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)
Best Screenplay (Robert Bolt)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Actor (Paul Scofield)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Film
Best Actor (Paul Scofield)
Best Supporting Actor (Robert Shaw)
Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)

Directors Guild Award
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Fred Zinnemann)

British Academy Awards
Best Film
Best British Actor (Paul Scofield)
Best British Screenplay
Best British Cinematography (Colour)
Best British Art Direction (Colour)
Best British Costume Design (Colour)
Best British Film



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