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Becket (1964)

Director: Peter Glenville     Starring: Richard Burton
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40176596
UPC: 030306105390
UPC 14: 00030306105390
Rating: NR
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Splendid production of famous play about turbulent relationship between thomas becket and his king, henry II of england.
Editor's Note
Two of the finest actors of their generation, Burton and O'Toole, square off in this splendid production of Jean Anouilh's 1959 play. The lifelong friendship of Henry II and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, is tested and ends in tragedy as Becket grows more confident and thoughtful in his position. Academy Award Nominations: 12, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor- Richard Burton, Best Actor--Peter O'Toole. Academy Awards: Best (Adapted) Screenplay (Edward Anhalt).
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MPI
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/15/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 150 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1964
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1053
Video UPC UPC: 00030306105390
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English Narrated
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Donald Wolfit
Video Cast Info John Gielgud
Video Cast Info Peter O'Toole
Video Cast Info Richard Burton
Video Cast Info Edward Anhalt - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Hal B. Wallis - Producer
Video Cast Info Jean Anouilh - Based On Play By
Video Cast Info Peter Glenville - Director
Plot Summary
Classic struggle between Church and Monarchy. Thomas Becket and King Henry Plantagenet engage in one of the most famous power struggles in English history. When Becket first becomes chancellor and later Archbishop of Canterbury, a rift grows between Henry II and his old friend. Some eager drunken knights trying to please the disgruntled monarch assassinate the cleric in the cathedral.

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"The real fascination here is the pairing of Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton, both of whom give superb performances." 08/01/2007 p.85
Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Burton/o'toole
Product attributeLabel:   MPI Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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