A man for all seasons

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Adapted by Robert Bolt and Constance Willis from Bolt's hit stage play, A Man for All Seasons stars Paul Scofield, triumphantly repeating his stage role as Sir Thomas More. The crux of the film is the staunchly Catholic More's refusal to acknowledge King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw)'s break from the church to divorce his first wife and marry Anne Boleyn (an unbilled Vanessa Redgrave). Sir Thomas willingly goes to the chopping block rather than sacrifice his ideals. Director Fred Zinnemann retains the play's verbosity without sacrificing the film's strong sense of visuals. The impeccably chosen cast includes Wendy Hiller as Sir Thomas' likably contentious wife Alice, John Hurt as the deceitful Richard Rich (More's put-downs of this despicable character provide some of the film's biggest laughs), Orson Welles as a dour Cardinal Woolsey, Leo McKern as the ambitious Thomas Cromwell, and Susannah York as More's daughter Margaret. The "Common Man," an important bridging-the-scenes character in the original play, is removed from the film version, which does just fine without him. A Man for All Seasons won six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, as well as seven British Film Academy awards. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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auth_author2 Blakely, Colin., Bolt, Robert., Bridge, Joan, 1912-2009., Davenport, Nigel., Delerue, Georges, 1925-1992., Haffenden, Elizabeth, 1906-1976., Hiller, Wendy, 1912-2003., Hiller, Wendy., Hurt, John, 1940-, Kemplan, Ralph, 1912-, Kemplen, Ralph, 1912-2004., Luckham, Cyril, 1907-1989., McKern, Leo, 1920-2002., Moore, Ted, 1914-1987., Redgrave, Corin., Scofield, Paul, 1922-2008., Scofield, Paul., Shaw, Robert, 1927-1978., Welles, Orson, 1915-1985., York, Susannah., Zinnemann, Fred, 1907-1997.
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display_description Sir Thomas More, Chancellor of England, has an unquestioning faith. As a devout Catholic, More refuses to support King Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon. In quest of a son, Henry wants to marry his mistress, Anne Boleyn. When the petulant king breaks with Rome and the Pope, More resigns his chancellorship in protest. Unsure in his new position as head of the Church of England, the king is unnerved by More's continued refusal to acknowledge his suzerainty. For his stubborn convictions, More ends up imprisoned in the Tower of London. For holding devotion to God and the Church dearer than his loyalty to the King, More dies.
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title_display A man for all seasons
title_full A man for all seasons [videorecording] / Columbia Pictures ; screenplay by Robert Bolt ; produced and directed by Fred Zinnemann, A man for all seasons [videorecording] / Columbia [presents] Fred Zinnemann's film of ; screenplay by Robert Bolt ; produced and directed by Fred Zinnemann
title_short A man for all seasons
topic_facet Academy Awards (Motion pictures), Catholic Church, Christian saints, Church and state, Cromwell, Thomas, DVDs, Divorce, Golden Globe Awards, Henry, History, Kings and rulers, Loyalty, Manners and customs, More, Thomas, New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Religious aspects, Social life and customs, Video recordings for the hearing impaired
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