Becket

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A high-class costume drama with a substantive historical basis, Becket is the true story of the friendship between King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) and Thomas à Becket (Richard Burton), a royal courtier and confidant whom Henry appoints as Archbishop of Canterbury. As Becket takes his duties with the Church seriously, he finds himself increasingly at odds with the King, who finally orders the death of his once-close companion when he continues to defy the throne. Burton is very good and O'Toole is even better: both men were nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, while Edward Anhalt's screenplay, based on the stageplay by Jean Anouilh, won for Best Adapted Screenplay. The basic theme of separation of church and state still reverberates today, while the top-notch production values ensure Becket's place as one of Britain's better historical epics. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
11/25/08 
Studio
MPI Home Video
MPAA Rating
PG13 -- Parents strongly cautioned
Length
150
Sound
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • Commentary with Peter O'Toole
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Still gallery
  • Interviews with editor Anne V. Coates and composer Laurence Rosenthal
  • Archival interviews with Richard Burton
  • TV spot
Number of Discs
1

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