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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 117 min.)) : sound, color
  • Publisher: [United States] : MPI Media Group : 1964.

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Restrictions on Access Note: Digital content provided by hoopla.
Participant or Performer Note: 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.
Summary, etc.: King Henry II is far from being a saint. He reigns over a Medieval England festering with political conflict and occupies his days with drinking, pursuing woman and wagering war. His constant cohort in these escapes is Thomas Becket. Hoping to force the Church into subservience to the Crown, Henry appoints Becket to the post of Chancellor, and later Archbishop of Canterbury. Becket is reluctant at first, but soon experiences something he has never known before- honor, and a cause worthy of his adoration. His singular devotion to the Church creates an enormous rift with Henry, who is devastated at being abandoned by his friend. Once his former ally becomes a rival, Henry turns to drastic measures. In a catastrophic twist of fate, Becket's salvation becomes the source of his demise...
Target Audience Note: Rated PG-13.
System Details Note: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: 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: Feature films.
Historical films.

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