Becket (1964)

148 min.
Plot  During the late 12th century, about 100 years after the 1066 Norman Conquest of England, the Normans have removed the native ruling class, replacing it with a new monarchy, aristocracy, and clerical hierarchy.

Thomas Becket is a Saxon protégé and facilitator to the carousing King Henry, who transforms into a man who continually invokes the "honour of God". Henry appoints Becket Lord Chancellor to have a close confidant in this position who he can completely control. Instead, Becket becomes a major thorn in his side in a jurisdictional dispute. Henry finds his duties as king and his stale arranged marriage to be oppressive, and is described as the "perennial adolescent" by the Bishop of London. Henry is more interested in escaping his duties through drunken forays onto the hunting grounds and local brothels. He is increasingly dependent on Becket, a Saxon commoner, who arranges these debaucheries when he is not busy running Henry's court. This foments great resentment on the pa...



Richard Burton
Thomas Becket
Peter O'Toole
King Henry II of England
John Gielgud
King Louis VII of France
Donald Wolfit
Gilbert Foliot
Pamela Brown
Queen Eleanor of England
Siân Phillips
Véronique Vendell
French prostitute


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