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Becket 1964

  • Peter Glenville
  • March 11, 1964
  • 148 mins
  • English
  • Drama, History
An age of rampant lusts, abandon, runaway passions. An age brought bristling to life by two of the most exciting stars of our time!
King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas Becket, technically a deacon of the church, to the post. Unfortunately, Becket takes the job seriously and provides abler opposition to Henry.


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A strange mix of over-the-top melodrama and campy silliness, it's surprising to me that this movie has been received so well and taken so seriously. There isn't much to think about: the themes of the changing relationship between church and state, racial / national tensions, friendship vs 'duty', etc, are all very superficially treated and not at all serious.

It's a sort of fun movie to laugh at, but drags on much too long to have much merit even as that. No memorable scenes to speak ofl

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