Becket (1964)



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A historical costume drama of the grandest order, "Becket" is the true story of the friendship between King Henry II and Thomas à Becket, a royal courtier and confidant whom Henry appoints as Archbishop of Canterbury. Once proposed for the office, Becket immediately perceives what the King does not: that his job as head of the Church will inevitably bring him into conflict with the King's interests. Until that point, he had been the King's closest friend and beloved companion, serving him … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content and violence)
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Anhalt, Jean Anouilh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 26, 2007
Slowhand Releasing - Official Site


as King Henry II

as Thomas a Becket

as King Louis VII

as Queen Matilda

as Folliot

as Queen Eleanor

as Pope Alexander III

as Zambelli

as Brother John

as Gwendolyn

as Duke of Leicester

as Cardinal Zambelli

as Archbishop of Canter...

as Pretty French Girl

as English Peasant

as His Daughter

as Prince Henry

as Bishop of Winchester

as Bishop of York

as Bishop of Chichester

as Farmer's Daughter

as William of Corbeil

as Brother Philip

as Pope's Secretary

as French Tailor

as Girl on Balcony

as Henry II's Baron

as Henry II's Baron

as Henry II's Baron

as Henry II's Baron
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Critic Reviews for Becket

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (12)

Ripe with homoerotic undercurrents -- which O'Toole mines with relish in his great hysterical performance, full of cunning, eloquence and mad outbursts.

Full Review… | March 8, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Becket may seem like a movie of yesteryear, but its timeliness brims over with rousing, meditative discourses between Henry and the church leaders on the separation of church and state.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

Everything that Doctor Strangelove is -- daring and inspired, vibrant and brilliantly staged -- Becket is not.

Full Review… | February 23, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The picture is being re-released in 30 cities around the country before finally appearing on DVD after years of online foment from fans.The DVD is due in May, but try to catch it in theaters first. It's worth it.

Full Review… | February 15, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Burton is extraordinary in one of his rare good movie roles and O'Toole is regally madcap and larger than life.

Full Review… | February 8, 2007
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

How could you hope for better casting than Peter O'Toole and his acting rival/drinking buddy Richard Burton playing opposite each other?

Full Review… | February 8, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Becket

In a tale of nepotism gone wrong, Henry II appoints his friend Thomas Becket as Archbishop of Caterbury but isn't prepared for the consequences when Becket takes his commitment to God seriously.
Richard Burton plays Becket with a reserve and subtle conscience, and from the first moment, he makes the character profoundly interesting. He's helped by a good script that makes who Becket is the focus of the first act. Peter O'Toole is hilarious and at his scenery-chewing best, playing the madcap king with the kind of gusto that made him famous, and his third act scenes reveal a humanity - a pathos - that makes his character even more interesting.
Overall, despite the fine art direction, most of Becket is a character study involving the two leads, and the acting master class that is Burton and O'Toole is enough to carry this film admirably.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Becket is a fantastic period piece. It's long and some scenes are very drawn out, but it is well worth the watch. It's visually stunning and there isn't a bad performance in the film. Becket is the true story of the friendship of King Henry II and Thomas Becket. They have a strong friendship until Henry makes Becket the Archbishop of Canterbury. Becket loyalty turns from Henry to God and the King doesn't like that too much. It truly is an epic film.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Two best friends, one an amoral king, the other a man of God. This movie has a great story and great actors for the characters. It's kind of long, but I really liked it, and I recommend seeing it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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