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A Film for All Seasons
- William Hother
Resisting any temptation to exaggerate, this is a superior film, one of a handful produced by a commercial studio that repays repeated watching. The show trial of More concluding the film is a scene with historical resonances beyond the struggles of King versus Pope in the 16th Century and is movingly performed. How many times have able and intelligent men (and women) been harried and finally destroyed by organized brutes and cowards? It is always happening and always will in every age until the end of time. This is the moral theatre of human life, and Bolt and Zimmerman bring it alive in this poignant recreation of More's martyrdom. The thrilling moment when the cornered and condemned More rings out his long restrained truth that his condemnation is caused solely because he "would not consent to the marriage" is unforgettable. More could not be forced to serve coercive power against his own convictions. He was prepared to be silent. He would not actively resist. But the insecurity of his enemies required his approval, which he withheld. For that reason, and that reason alone, he is condemned and destroyed. "The testimony of the martyrs," as the old phrase has it. This repeatedly mesmerizing confrontation of individual conviction and integrity against cowardice and conformity seldom achieves so perfect an expression as Scofield provides in a Man for All Seasons.
- Don Ingersoll
Simply put, the finest movie ever made. The screenplay by Robert Bolt is second to none. The use of the English language is amazing. Thomas "You threaten like a dockside bully." Cromwell "Oh, and how should I threaten" Thomas "Like a minister of state, with justice." Cromwell "Oh it is justice you will receive." Thomas "Then I am not threatened."The supporting cast is amazing. Still believe that Robert Shaw should have been Best Supporting Actor. Paul Scofield IS Thomas More. He owned the part like no one else ever could. Watch him in the scene with Shaw as Henry VIII. Shaw struts around, chews up the scenery (like a king would) and yet you cannot take your eyes off Scofield who simply sits there and responds to his king. Invest two hours of your time and come away having met a man who lived his principles to the end.
HAS TO BE
- Greg Lilly
TOTALLY the finest piece of cinema EVER produced!! Story, script, directing, costumes & ALL other appointments; plus of course acting !
A Man For All Seasons: A Film For All Time
- Doc Long
Fascinating intrigue regarding the formidable King Henry The VIII, the gallant (Sir) Thomas More and the offensively pious Oliver Cromwell during the fact-based origin of the Church of England. High-minded dialogue with an incredible performance by Paul Scofield as the doomed More along with a solid cast including Robert Shaw as The King, Orson Welles as the unfortunate Cardinal Wolsey, Susannah York as daughter Margaret More, Wendy Hiller as the lonely Mrs. More and a very young John Hurt as the self-serving Richard Rich. Look fast for Vanessa Redgrave as Anne Boleyn. Movie dominated the 1966 Academy Awards winning Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay among others. Paul Scofield himself ran away with the Oscar for Best Actor. In a career with many highlights, 28 years later Scofield would provide a memorable scene in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show" as the father of Charles Van Doren - a fallen victim of the notorious quiz show scandals of the 1950s. A Man For All Seasons is a top notch historical drama with mesmerizing performances aimed at a broad-minded and informed audience.
A Man For All Seasons
- Michael Whitty
A story of staying with your conscience..."I die the king's good servant...but God's first". In the 16th century in England when Henry VIII ruled there was a judge named Thomas More who was later elevated to Chancellor but later decided he couldn't agree to the king's divorce to Catherine of Aragon and the king's marriage to Anne Boleyn. But More later refused to agree to the Oath that makes King Henry head of the Church in England and was imprisoned for 15 months and then executed. "A Man For All Seasons" turned out to be that perfect kind of movie from the screenplay side to the cinematography side and to the acting side. Paul Scofield as the 16th century statesman paid the ultimate price for opposing his King but won the Academy Award for Best Actor for playing out this historic figure. Robert Bolt's screenplay, which also won the Oscar, concentrates on More's decision-making and why he couldn't "see the other way". That Thomas More was condemned by false testimony was the only way to kill....a saint.
a man for all seasons
- kevin sellers
Appealing to the inner high school teacher in all of us, it's a stodgy film with a British accent centering on an Important Moral Issue (be true to your conscience or somebody else will; something like that). In other words, it's an Oscar making machine. And it didn't let Columbia down, garnering best picture. (I would given it to "Alfie," but never mind) That it's as exciting to watch as a Charlie Rose actor's interview didn't seem to put off the public. Give it a C plus. P.S. This is my third most favorite Paul Scofield role. The other two (in ascending order) are the east coast elitist Mark Van Doren Sr. in "Quiz Show" and hanging judge Danforth in "Crucible," (the later movie showing that filmed plays do not have to be dull.)
By Far the Best
I first saw this film back when TCM aired during their 31 days of Oscar several years ago - and I have to say the performance by Mr. Paul Scofield of Sir Thomas Moore was so quite mesmerizing, that I was in awe. I understand Mr. Scofield was more of a theatrical than film actor - but nonetheless I hope TCM will air more of this wonderful actor's films. I look forward in anticipation.....
- Russ Helgren
Can't add any more praise to the compilation below...This has been my favorite movie since I first saw it in a theater upon it's release. Everything about it is top notch. One of the first DVD's I ever purchased.
A Man For All Seasons
Overall-5/5Lead Performers-5/5Supporting Cast-5/5Director-5/5Score-4/5Titles-3/5Screenplay-5/5Cinematography-4/5Importance-4/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-5/5
perhaps 'out of season'
- ron a.
Two contemporary criticisms of this movie might be (1) that it's a morality play and (2) that it's slow moving and wordy. But what a story of moral courage! And, what magnificent words! Robert Bolt's play is superb and it loses nothing in its film adaptation with Bolt himself commissioned to do the screenplay . His was Oscar richly deserved. (He had already won two Oscars!)Most of the main actors in this production were remarkable good, with Scofield truly outstanding. He IS Sir Thomas More. (A seamless performance, perhaps perfected on the Broadway stage where the play was highly successful.) The award winning screenplay creates an atmosphere which makes the viewer feel a part of the high drama that unfolded in 16th century Tudor England--- which ended in martyrdom.
A Man for all Seasons
- Dashiell B.
An engaging period drama that won the Best Picture Oscar of '66. Sir Thomas More refuses to relinquish his integrity when his life is threatened. Scofield won the Oscar as More, Hiller was nominated as his wife & Shaw became the second actor to be nominated for playing Henry VIII. Director Zinnemann & screenwriter Bolt won awards and the film was honoured for its photography and costume design. A great study about a great man's downfall amidst corruption of Henry's court. I give it a 5/5.
Columbia -the name conjures up pictures of quality during the 50's and 60's such as On The Waterfront, PicnicBridge On The River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Oliver, Funny Girl, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, and this film arguably one of the finest films of all time: A Man For All Seasons. Paul Scolfield won the Oscar and deservedly so in a tight battle with Richard Burton for his brilliant George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, but Scolfield deserved to and did win. Fred Zinneman a great director won the Oscar presented by Audrey Hepburn whom he guided to her finest work in The Nun's Story.
Don't take an acting class, watch this instead!
I am embarrassed to say that I watched this movie for the first time last night. I was mesmerized from the moment Paul Scofield enters the screen. There are great actors and performances throughout cinematic history but for anyone wanting a lesson in how to deliver lines, portray a character and command the stage or screen with just a slight nod of the head, this is it! His performance is superior! It is also a classic example of scenery chewing acting (Robert Shaw, who I believe was over the top). I know he was nominated for all the awards too but was not deserving. I am also such a fan of Robert Bolt, who wrote two of the most literate screenplays, this and Lawrence of Arabia. In today's movies, words seem to be secondary and/or non-existent, it is such a pleasure to watch movies that you have to actually listen to!
The Paul Scofield showcase
- Jeff Boston
I watched "A Man For All Seasons" a few nights ago. I would have chosen it as Best Picture. The competition in 1966 were films driven by strong lead actor performances (and lead actress as well, with the "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"), not strong films. I agree with Mr. Higgins - one has to be in the mood with this historical piece. However, one can always appreciate the performance of Paul Scofield. As with General Patton and George C. Scott, when I read about Sir Thomas More, I will see Scofield. And like how Scott declined the Oscar, Scofield said no to being knighted.
A little piece of divinely inspired Heaven.
God truly is an Englishman. The Brits have such an understated, matter of tact way of being - magnificent!
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
- Jay Higgins
It is certainly magnificently produced, the performances are amazing, especially Paul Scofield. It's one of those kinds of films you have to be in the mood for. It can be a bit slow, particularly during one of the numerous talky scenes.
A Film for All Seasons (No Kidding!)
Everyone has his or her favorite film. This is mine. I saw this when it was first released (I know I'm revealing my age) and I remember how very moved I was by it. I still am! Who would think a story of a good man - and one from so long ago - would be so riveting, when so many movies love to center upon ancient and modern scoundrels? But so it is. I can recommend it without reservation. The cast is phenomenal, both individually and as an ensemble; the direction is brilliant; the screenplay (by the author of the original play) is powerful; the cinematography and music are unsurpassed. This may seem like too much praise for any movie, but I truly honor every aspect of it. Vote for it to be released (again) on DVD!
Great Supporting Cast
- Ken B
I'm a movie nut -- I love movies of all kinds -- & this movie is in my top 3 of all time. Even though Paul Scofield absolutely makes the movie, for me the quality of the movie rests on the uniformly great cast--I especially loved Orson Welles' portrayal of Cardinal Woolsey.The music score, though contemporarily composed, is perfectly suited to the 16th century setting.
A Cast for all Seasons.
Since I was a teenager I loved this movie. Robert Shaw was utterly amazing, and my personal favorite Wendy Hiller received her third Oscar nomination for her strong brittle performance. Paul Scofield though IS THE MOVIE. His performance is what we as actors call heaven. I love the scene outside of the house when the King arrives as well of course, the court scene. By the way, Vanessa Redgrave has a small scene.