A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons

DVD - 2007 | Special ed.
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Chancellor of England, Sir Thomas More, is placed in a difficult position when Henry VIII breaks with the Catholic Church over its refusal to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon so he can marry Anne Boleyn. Henry demands More's endorsement of this act. Torn between his conscience and duty to the crown, Sir Thomas chooses to say nothing.

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EvanSchoenfeld
Jan 20, 2017

Certainly one of the greatest movies ever, smart and beautiful. I think one reviewer suggested that More's character was narcissistic, but I am forced to see this this as rather a courageous stand for individual conscience and independent spirit. Anyway, I can't praise it enough.

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Tabaqui
Sep 25, 2016

A really good movie, but I found it hard to tell the characters apart. It may be because it was dark, it may just be me, but I thought they all looked the same. If you have the opportunity, go to see the play. It is absolutely amazing! It also is slightly different than the movie.

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et_tu_Charlie
Aug 01, 2016

To: Ron@Ottawa
You don't think that view of history represents a bit of defense for narcissism? The diatribe hasn't changed at all, if you DID, indeed research it.

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grouchykitty
Jul 09, 2016

Great film. Good dialogue. Horrible costumes.

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mrsjane_1
Apr 10, 2016

Greetings Reviewers! I thought this was a beautiful masterpiece to view. The film went into detailed events of Thomas More's life.

In this film, we were shown his wife Alice, his daughter Meg, Roper; the man his daughter is to marry, Richard Rich ( the man who begs him to hire him), Thomas Cromwell ( Cardinal Wosley's secretary ), King Henry VIII and all of the people in his church and court.

The film demonstrated to us the religious beliefs of Thomas More, and also of how it conflicted with the beliefs of others. The film goes into the detailed events that lead to his execution.

We were also shown King Henry VIII. We were shown his personality, how the people who knew him felt about him, and we were also given historical information pertaining to him wanting to marry Anne Boleyn and divorce Catharine of Aragon.

With Henry VIII wanting the divorce, it brought on a lot of problems between the church and his court.

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nickhowe85
Feb 27, 2016

I was really hoping for this movie to move me. The main character is an obstinate old man, and the power of the story comes from the conviction he has in his beliefs. It was just too obvious for me I guess? I dunno. I imagine I'll watch this, Ikiru, and Il Leopardo 15 years from now and have a completely different take on them.

Vincent T Lombardo Mar 30, 2015

One of the greatest movies ever made! A story worthy of Shakespeare. A wonderful, literate script, superb acting, beautifully filmed.

Green_Bird_203 Nov 17, 2014

Highly recommend "Martin Chuzzlenit" & "UTZ", if you want to see the greatness of Paul Scofield. He presents the heart and mind of character he plays.

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garycornell
Oct 24, 2014

Currently Five Patrons of KCLS have given "A Man for All Seasons" a Five Star Rating. Well, make me number six, because I love the movie. John Schofield becomes Sir Thomas More. It is his true story of More's opposition to divorce by King Henry VII. I love these true stories from British Royalty History. They always wanted the church to go along with their immoral ways. These were men of conscience and they wouldn't sway even when threatened with death. A very inspiring story.

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hoacornell
Jun 06, 2014

A wonderful true historical film on Sir Thomas More. John Schofield is terrific as More and the cast also has Orson Wells. I will take this out again for the third time, its just so inspiring and beautifully done.

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Monolith
Aug 13, 2013

Margaret More (visiting her father in his prison cell): "Father... God more regards the thoughts of the heart than the words of the mouth, or so you've always told me." Sure Thomas More: "Yes." Margaret More: "Then say the words of the oath, and in your heart think otherwise!" Sir Thomas More: "What is an oath, then, but words we say to God? ...Listen, Meg... (cupping his hands together) When a man takes an oath, he's holding his own self in his own hands, like water... And if he opens his fingers then, (gesturing) ...he needn't hope to find himself again... Some men aren't capable of this... but I'd be loathe to think your father one of them."

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Monolith
Aug 13, 2013

Sir Thomas More (in his prison cell): "...If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us saintly. But since we see that abhorrence, anger, pride, and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice, and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little -- even at the risk of being heroes..." Margaret More (crying): "But in reason! Haven't you done as much as God can reasonably want?" Sir Thomas More: "...Well, finally... it isn't a matter of reason. Finally, it's a matter of love."

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Monolith
Aug 13, 2013

Sir Thomas More: "I do none harm, I say none harm, I think none harm. And if this be not enough to keep a man alive, in good faith, I long not to live."

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