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- kevin sellers
The problem with this film is that Peter O'Toole is one movie while Richard Burton's in another. The one OToole is in is fun, with snappy dialogue and sexual hijinks, while the one Burton is in is a serious, dour, glum bore, centering around that least sexy of topics, church vs state. A good screenwriter would have managed to combine the two entertainingly, in other words soft peddle Dick and highlight Pete. But if history has taught us anything it is that Edward Anhalt is a crappy screenwriter, so religion trumps fun and this movie gets a very generous B minus.
- Ed Rothschild
Becket is the hero, but if you think about it, Henry was fighting for the rule of law, and Becket for special privledges for the clergy. The whole story is discussed in "The Law of the land", by Charles Rembar, a history of Anglo-American law written by an excellent lawyer who can actually write well. The movie is wonderful though, and I have watched it many times.
Best of the Best
- Ed Brantley
This movie showed me what truly great acting is; the chemistry between Burton and O'toole is mesmerizing.Although, there is very little action in this movie, the interplay between the actors, both stars and supporting, is so intense that you are glued to the screen until the end and are left emotionally exhausted.Why Burton did not get a best actor nod is an insult to great acting.
When actors could act!
The intensity of Burton and Otoole together is almost too much to digest at once. The chemistry and rivalry between them is 10 times that of Lancaster and Douglas. Otooles mad Henry is only slighly upstagd by Burtons cool diction and ability to show outward calm and inner turmoil at once. Body language and facial expressions meant a great deal and was an important tool in classic productions like this. I viewed it for the second time yesterday. Marvelous. It was worth missing the Steeler pre-game show.
- margy mckelvie
I first saw this movie in college and just saw it again with much more understanding. The emotional impact of the complications of friendship and the service to God is not diminished with time. Young viewers would do well to have the patience to view the whole movie, slower paced than modern films, but a worthy history lesson.
This is definately a masterpiece, due to the brillant acting. Peter O'Toole is brillant as Henry II, crazy beyond belief, but brillant. Richard Burton, as Beckett, is just as brillant. He plays Beckett so realistically, that you forget it's a film. This is a brillant film!
A DVD "Classic" Must Have!
O'Toole was born to play Henry II...his performance and interpretation is sublimely brilliant!
- linda jefferson
this movie should really be released on dvd. i taped it off of cable tv years ago but i would like it on dvd for my classic movie collection. it is sir richard burton and peter o'toole at their acting best. the way that burton's becket gives in to o'toole's henry 's wishes and then the way he changes after he ls made archbishop is real acting-- i loved it! to the powers that be--dvd please!