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Title Becket [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures presents ; a Paramount and Keep Films co-production ; screenplay by Edward Anhalt ; produced by Hal Wallis ; directed by Peter Glenville.

Imprint Hollywood, CA : Paramount Pictures ; [Orland Park, IL] : Distributed by MPI Home Video, c2007.

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 Moore Video  PN1995.9.H5 B43548 2007    Available  Ask at Circulation Desk
Description 1 DVD (ca. 150 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
System Details DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo; anamorphic widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 2.35:1.
Language In English, dubbed Spanish or French with optional subtitles in English; SDH subtitles.
Note Based upon the play "Becket" by Jean Anouilh, as translated by Lucienne Hill and produced on the New York stage by David Merrick.
Cast 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.
Credits Director of photography, Geoffrey Unsworth ; editor, Anne V. Coates ; music, Laurence Rosenthal ; production designer, John Bryan ; art director, Maurice Carter ; costume designer, Margaret Furse.
Event Originally produced as a motion picture in 1964.
Audience MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and violence.
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.
Contents Opening credits -- "In the year 1066" -- Noble Thomas Becket -- Thrill of the hunt -- Gwendolen's sweet voice -- Business before pleasure -- Inevitable conflict of interest -- New Archbishop of Canterbury -- Higher loyalty -- Friendship torn -- Excommunication leads to accusations -- Trial of Thomas Becket -- Exile -- Meeting of old friends -- King's heavy heart -- Return from exile -- Posthumous declaration.
Note Special features: Stills gallery [slide show]; Trailer (5 min.); Interview with composer Laurence Rosenthal [featurette] (13 min.); Interview with editor Anne Coates [featurette] (8 min.); TV spot (30 sec.); Richard Burton interviewed by Ludovic Kennedy (1977) [featurette] (13 min.); Richard Burton interviewed by Kenneth Tynan (1967) [b&w featurette] (14 min.); Commentary with Peter O'Toole [audio feature].
Awards Winner, 1964 Academy Awards for Best Writing: Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium--Edward Anhalt; Winner, 1965 Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture, Drama--Hal B. Wallis; Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama--Peter O'Toole; Winner, 1965 BAFTA Film Awards for Best British Costume, Colour--Margaret Furse; Best British Art Direction, Colour--John Bryan; Best British Cinematography, Colour--Geoffrey Unsworth.
Subject Henry II, King of England, 1133-1189 -- Drama.
Thomas, à Becket, Saint, 1118?-1170 -- Drama.
Christian saints -- Drama.
Kings and rulers -- Drama.
Loyalty -- Drama.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Drama.
Great Britain -- History -- Henry II, 1154-1189 -- Drama.
England -- Social life and customs -- 1066-1485 -- Drama.
Genre/Form Feature films.
Historical films.
Biographical films.
Fiction films.
Film adaptations.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Historical -- Feature.
DVD-Video discs.
Added Author Wallis, Hal B., 1899-1986. Producer.
Anhalt, Edward, 1914-2000. Screenwriter.
Glenville, Peter, 1913-1996. Director.
Burton, Richard, 1925-1984. Actor.
O'Toole, Peter, 1932-2013. Actor.
Gielgud, John, 1904-2000. Actor.
Cervi, Gino, 1901-1974. Actor.
Stoppa, Paolo. Actor.
Wolfit, Donald, 1902-1968. Actor.
Hunt, Martita, 1900-1969. Actor.
Brown, Pamela, 1917-1975. Actor.
Herbert, Percy, 1925-1992. Actor.
Phillips, Siân, 1933- Actor.
Aylmer, Felix, 1889-1979. Actor.
MacGinnis, Niall, 1913-1977. Actor.
Rhodes, Christopher, 1914-1964. Actor.
Phillips, John, 1914-1995. Actor.
Pettingell, Frank. Actor.
Vendell, Véronique, 1942- Actor.
Hilary, Jennifer, 1942-2008. Actor.
Dyce, Hamilton, 1912-1972. Actor.
Jeffrey, Peter, 1929-1999. Actor.
Miller, Michael, 1931-1983. Actor.
Unsworth, Geoffrey, 1914-1978. Cinematographer.
Coates, Anne V. Film editor.
Rosenthal, Laurence, 1926- Composer.
Merrick, David, 1911-2000.
Anouilh, Jean, 1910-1987. Becket.
Paramount Pictures Corporation.
Keep Films (Firm)
MPI Home Video (Firm)
Added Title Becket (Motion picture)
ISBN 0788604708
Standard No. 030306105390
Music No. DVD1053 MPI Home Video