A Man for All Seasons Overview:

A Man for All Seasons (1966) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by Fred Zinnemann and produced by Fred Zinnemann and William N. Graf.

The film was based on the play of the same name written by Robert Bolt performed at the ANTA Playhouse, NY from Nov 22, 1961 - Jun 1, 1963.

Academy Awards 1966 --- Ceremony Number 39 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorPaul ScofieldWon
Best Supporting ActorRobert ShawNominated
Best Supporting ActressWendy HillerNominated
Best CinematographyTed MooreWon
Best Costume DesignElizabeth Haffenden, Joan BridgeWon
Best DirectorFred ZinnemannWon
Best PictureFred Zinnemann, ProducerWon
Best WritingRobert BoltWon
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A Man for All Seasons (1966, Fred Zinnemann)

on Dec 27, 2019 From The Stop Button

What?s so incredible about A Man for All Seasons is how big director Zinnemann makes it while keeping it small while keeping it big. The settings are big?palaces, estates, and so on?but Zinnemann keeps the set pieces small. He and cinematographer Ted Moore will do big establishing shots, but only af... Read full article


A Man for All Seasons (1966)

By Beatrice on Apr 12, 2019 From Flickers in Time

A Man for All Seasons Directed by Fred Zinneman Written by Robert Bolt from his play 1966/United Kingdom Highland Films First viewing/Netflix rental The word for this is “sumptuous”. ?And what a cast! The film is based on the true story of Henry VIII of England (Robert Shaw) and his so... Read full article


Top Picks: A Man for All Seasons

By Amanda Garrett on Apr 8, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

This week's pick is the Tudor classic A Man for All Seasons (1966), starring Robert Shaw as Henry VIII and Paul Scofield as Thomas More. The scandalous lives and loves of the turbulent Tudor dynasty attracted their fair share of old Hollywood adaptations, from the great Charles Laughton hamming... Read full article


A Man For All Seasons (1966)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 10, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Sir Thomas More had the misfortune of getting in the way of perhaps one of the most notorious kings in history, and it proved costly. It is the early 1500s in England, and the Reformation has shook the world but Henry VIII (Robert Shaw) has his own plans for the church in his country. He is bent on ... Read full article


A Man For All Seasons (1966)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 10, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Sir Thomas More had the misfortune of getting in the way of perhaps one of the most notorious kings in history, and it proved costly. It is the early 1500s in England, and the Reformation has shaken the world but Henry VIII (Robert Shaw) has his own plans for the church in his country. He is bent on... Read full article


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Quotes from

[after King Henry VIII leaves]
Alice More: What's this? You crossed him?
Sir Thomas More: Somewhat.
Alice More: Why?
Sir Thomas More: I couldn't find the other way.
Alice More: You're too nice altogether, Thomas.
Sir Thomas More: Woman, mind your house!
Alice More: I am minding my house!


Cardinal Wolsey: You're a constant regret to me, Thomas. If you could just see facts flat-on, without that horrible moral squint... With a little common sense you could have made a statesman.


Cromwell: Are you coming my way, Rich?


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Facts about

In the first (London) run of the play, Leo McKern played not Cromwell but the Common Man, a narrator-figure who addresses the audience and plays several characters in the story - More's servant Matthew, the man who rows him home, his jailer, etc. These characters also appear in the film, but are played by several actors. The original stage device of having them all played by the same actor was kept in the 1988 version. In the play, the lines stating what happened to the historical figures after More's death are spoken by the 'Common Man'; in the film, they are spoken in voice-over at the end by Colin Blakely, who plays Matthew.
Five of the historical persons depicted in the film all had the first name Thomas: Sir Thomas More, Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, and Thomas Howard (the Duke of Norfolk). Perhaps to avoid confusion, in the play and film, the only character referred to as Thomas is Thomas More.
Charlton Heston lobbied heavily for the role of Thomas More, but was never seriously considered by the producers as a candidate for the role. Heston would go on to play More in several stage productions of the play and ultimately film a television production of it in 1988.
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