Cover image for Becket / Paramount Pictures presents ; a Hal Wallis production ; a Paramount and Keep Films co-production ; screenplay by Edward Anhalt ; produced by Hal Wallis ; directed by Peter Glenville.
Becket / Paramount Pictures presents ; a Hal Wallis production ; a Paramount and Keep Films co-production ; screenplay by Edward Anhalt ; produced by Hal Wallis ; directed by Peter Glenville.
Title:
Becket / Paramount Pictures presents ; a Hal Wallis production ; a Paramount and Keep Films co-production ; screenplay by Edward Anhalt ; produced by Hal Wallis ; directed by Peter Glenville.
ISBN:
9780788604706
Uniform Title:
Becket (Motion picture)
Publication Information:
[Orland Park, IL] : MPI Home Video, [2007]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 150 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Based on the Broadway play "Becket" by Jean Anouilh ; produced upon the stage by David Merrick.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1964.

"Restored by the Academy Film Archive Restoration Funding provided by The Film Foundation." -- Container.

Special features: Commentary with Peter O'Toole; interviews with editor Anne V. Coates and composer Laurence Rosenthal; archival interviews with Richard Burton; theatrical trailer; still gallery; TV spot.

DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo; anamorphic widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 2.35:1.
Summary:
Despite differences in rank and background, King Henry II and Thomas Becket are lifelong friends. The King is in constant conflict with the Church, which refuses to contribute financing to his wars in France, and jealously guards the tax-free status granted it by previous monarchs. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, Henry has a brilliant idea: rather than another pious cleric loyal to Rome, he will appoint his old friend, Thomas Becket--technically a deacon--to the post. Unfortunately, Becket takes the job seriously, holding devotion to God and the Church above his loyalty to the throne, or the person of its inhabitant. In opposition to Henry, he proves abler than his predecessors do, and the clash of two powerful personalities leads to destruction.
Language Note:
English (Dolby 5.1, Dolby 2.0), French (Dolby 2.0) or Spanish (Dolby 2.0) dialogue with optional English subtitles.
Audience:
MPAA rating: PG-13; for some sexual content and violence.
Performer:
Richard Burton (Becket), Peter O'Toole (the King), John Gielgud (King Louis of France), Gino Cervi (the Cardinal), Paolo Stoppa (the Pope), Donald Wolfit (Bishop Folliot), David Weston, Martita Hunt, Pamela Brown, Percy Herbert, Sian Phillips, Inigo Jackson, Felix Aylmer, Niall MacGinnis, Christopher Rhodes, John Phillips, Frank Pettingell, Veronique Vendell, Jennifer Hilary, David Davenport, Hamilton Dyce, Peter Jeffrey, Michael Miller, Peter Prowse, Jack Taylor.
Production Credits:
Director of photography, Geoffrey Unsworth ; editor, Anne V. Coates ; music, Laurence Rosenthal ; production design, John Bryan ; costume designer, Margaret Furse.
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