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Running time
148 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Edward Anhalt (Play: Jean Anouilh)
Laurence Rosenthal
Geoffrey Unsworth
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Co-production United Kingdom-United States; Wallis-Hazen / Paramount Pictures / Keep Films
Drama | Historical. Middle Ages. Religion. 12th Century
Synopsis / Plot
King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas Becket, technically a deacon of the church, to the post. Unfortunately, Becket takes the job seriously and provides abler opposition to Henry than his predecessors were able to do. This leads to the famous "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?"
1964: Oscar: Best Adapted Screenplay. 12 Nominations
1964: Golden Globes: Best Movie and Actor - Drama (Peter O'Toole). 5 Nom.
1964: BAFTA Awards: 3 Awards including Best Cinematography. 7 Nominations
1964: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1964: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Drama Screenplay
1964: National Board of Review: Best Film
1964: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Screenplay
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