Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Man for All Seasons (1966) - (Paul Scofield) US AA one-sheet

A Man for all Seasons (1966) - (Paul Scofield) US AA one-sheet

This is a 27" x 41" US AA one-sheet for the 1966 Fred Zinneman film A Man for all Seasons based on play and screeenplay by Robert Bolt and starring Paul Scofield as Thomas More. The film won six academy awards and with sales of $28,350,000 was the fifth highest-grossing film in the US in 1966. Plot summary: In 1529 as a member of the Privy Council, Sir Thomas More refuses to go along with Cardinal Wolsey [Orson Welles], Lord Chancellor of England, in asking Pope Clement VII to annul King Henry VIII's [Robert Shaw] marriage to Catherine of Aragon; later, after becoming Lord Chancellor himself, Thomas More resigns rather than take an oath of supremacy declaring Henry VIII supreme head of the Church of England. The king wants his marriage anulled because Catherine is barren; he wishes to marry Anne Boleyn [Vanessa Redgrave] so there will be an heir to throne. More is imprisoned in the Tower of London for his refusal to take the oath. This was John Hurt's film debut, in the role of Richard Rich.

Orson Welles as Cardinal Wolsey speaking to Thomas More: "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!"

Cast and crew: Fred Zinneman, Robert Bolt, Wendy Hiller, Paul Scofield, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Robert Shaw, Leo McKern, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt, Corin Redgrave, Colin Blakely, Cyril Luckham, Jack Gwillim, Thomas Heathcote, Yootha Joyce, Anthony Nicholls

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