DVD - 2007
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Henry II surprises England by naming his fellow rogue and trusted confidant Thomas Becket as Chancellor. But when Henry next appoints him Archbishop of Canterbury, Becket shocks the world by openly defying the King with his newfound faith and compassion. Will a desperate ruler now destroy a beloved friend to save his splintering kingdom?
Publisher: [Orland Park, Ill.] : MPI Home Video, 2007
ISBN: 9780788604706
Branch Call Number: DVD BECK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (150 min.) : sd., col., 4 3/4 in


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Aug 01, 2017

I loved this film when I was young. i love the history and settings and great mid-evil music. but now as I matured I see its flaws. Feels like a filmed play {which it is, but that's not an excuse for a film to feel like a play} O'Toole yells his lines out as if volume equates to acting as so many stage actors do hint you dont have to yell at a a camera !! there is no live audience to project too. Burton is fine if a bit stiff and all knowing. John Gielguld is magnificent !!! thats acting but not enough of him. And frankly the movie has a forced homo-eroticism and constantly talks of love??? between the two men that has no historical basis. But I stiil like to watch this movie now and again and love the period detail and great castles and landscapes ~ 420

Jan 03, 2015

Lackluster historical soap opera recounting the tempestuous relationship between Henry II and Thomas Becket. Gross historical inaccuracies and artistic license aside, the film is just plain dull. Burton delivers his lines in a flat monotone as if he were nursing a perpetual hangover (which he probably was), and O’Toole portrays the young king as if he were a bitchy old queen.....although he would do a better job of it a few years later in “The Lion In Winter”. The rest of the talented cast is pretty much wasted, except for John Gielgud’s feisty turn as King Louis of France. Even though some of the sets are impressive and the cinematography appropriately grandiose it was still a royal letdown.

May 23, 2014

Becket has a great cast of the best of British actors in Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole. I would consider Becket one of the best films about British History. Great film all filmed in the beautiful castles and historic locations of Great Britain. Hope you will give this movie a try.

Jul 01, 2012

Good story, good acting, very intense. Shows how a man can change when is life is given over to God. Richard Burton is superb and Peter O'Toole a convincingly wicked and confused Henry II. Another English martyr for the Faith: St. Thomas a Beckett! Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury: a man of faith, conviction and principle. (Rather like St. Thomas More, also a Chancellor of England).

Oct 21, 2011

This film demonstrates,,,, Monarchy is just glorified slavery.

And, while England's obsession with the monarchy is revolting, watching BECKET ending up MURDERED, trying to serve the king & the church, is simply very revealing informative.

BECKET's life time friendship & services is NOT worthy enough, to the paranoid English psycho-tyrant, Henry II.

The ENDLESS power struggle between the Church & the monarchy has created more VICTIMS than victors.

And BECKET just happened to be one the NAMELESS millions.

Jan 06, 2010

Good - Becket (1964) 148 min. Richard Burton plays Thomas Becket, Bishop of Cantebury and saint during the 12th century in the reign of Henry II played magnificently by Peter O’Toole. O’Toole was nominated 8 times in his career and twice playing Henry II (in Becket and then in Lion In Winter). Of all his performances, this one for Becket had to be the best one – the film shines when he appears with his Shakespeare-like soliloquies. The film itself does provide an entertaining look at the latter life of Thomas Becket and worth watching. The film won a 1965 Oscar for Adapted Screenplay and nominated for oodles of Oscars including Picture, Director, Acting (O’Toole, Burton, and John Gielgud), and others.

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