Becket Poster

Release Date: 1964

DVD Release Date: May 15th, 2007

PG-13|2 hr 28 min

Plot Summary
Debauched King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) installs his longtime court facilitator Thomas Becket (Richard Burton) as the Archbishop of Canterbury, assuming that his old friend will be a compliant and loyal lackey in the King's ongoing battles with the church. But Becket unexpectedly finds his true calling on the ecclesiastical side, and aligns himself against the king's selfish wishes, causing a rift and an eventual showdown not only between the two men, but also the institutions they represent.

Cast: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Gino Cervi, Paolo Stoppa, Donald Wolfit, David Weston, Martita Hunt

Director: Peter Glenville

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Peter Glenville's staging of the material is the opposite of cinematic, but the pleasure of these two extravagantly gifted actors at the top of their game - their diction! their conviction! their beauty! - is enormous. show more

  • Becket, now richly restored, is one of those '60s British theatrical spectaculars that we always imagine as a bit better than they were. show more

  • The one thing going for Becket is actually two things: Burton and O'Toole. show more

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