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Becket

Becket

1964
Drama
History
2h 28m
An English king comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's. (imdb)
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Becket

1964
Drama
History
2h 28m
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Rated 19 Jun 2008
83
84th
A beautiful movie. And you get all the great acting you expect from the leads.
Rated 17 Sep 2007
83
73rd
The film is literate and heady, taking full advantage of the imposing castles and landscapes that serve as the setting. The earliest scenes are strongest, generating frisson in their loose energy. As the king, O'Toole strides triumphantly through scenes with spirited combustibility and Burton plays Becket with an amused ease. As the movie gets more serious it gets less fun, suffering most from lengthy stretches where Burton and O'Toole no longer have the luxury of playing off of each other.
Rated 16 Sep 2008
4
55th
I'm not sure why O'Toole felt like ruining a perfectly good movie, but he gets points for doing it in the most ridiculous manner imaginable.
Rated 04 Jun 2007
100
95th
Damn near perfect. Now THIS is a heroic saga that can put all the superhero films that are the rage today to shame. Beautifully done in every way
Rated 10 Apr 2009
50
67th
Jean Anouilh's bitter stage comedy is filmed literally and soberly as a rather anaemic epic, so that the point is lost and the edge blunted. The paucity of physical action causes good scenes to alternate with long stretches of tedium.
Rated 21 Oct 2010
99
97th
Extraordinary well written and acted film; entire cast is wonderful, but O'Toole should have copped Oscar. Patrick Wolfit also extraordinary in minor role as Bishop of England. Burton and Gielgud also terrific. One of the greats.
Rated 20 Jan 2021
49
46th
While Burton is great, O'Toole ridiculously overacts throughout and I never got a sense of real friendship between the two, besides the one scene on the beach where the relationship is already ruined.
Rated 04 Sep 2007
81
64th
It's an interesting epic, very well told and acted. The themes that run through the film of friendship, loyalty and honor are very well executed and you can really feel for both Burton and O'Toole's characters as the story unfolds.
Rated 03 Apr 2024
39
17th
Rated 11 Sep 2011
74
90th
Movie seems a little long at times but is worth it as both Burton and O'Toole are very good.
Rated 24 Dec 2017
53
58th
An uneven performance from Peter O'Toole (exceptionally good in the scenes with his court, scenery-chewing histrionics away from it) dampens enthusiasm for a play-turned-film that is opened out nicely by Glenville. TA homoerotic sub-text is strong in this one, and would make an interesting companion-piece to the 1959 Ben-Hur.
Rated 25 Mar 2024
40
10th
Rated 03 Aug 2009
77
59th
O'Toole Burton
Rated 20 Sep 2010
84
86th
an extremely well written movie, o'toole and burton are so well immersed in their roles--but that's what you should expect from o'toole. it's a great story and the drama in it translates from the stage seemlessly, which is rare for a movie adapted from a play.
Rated 07 Aug 2018
95
84th
Impressive production and great performances by O'Toole, Burton and Gielgud. The dialogue was top notch as well.
Rated 03 Nov 2012
75
44th
Burton is excellent in his role, but the characters in general aren't very believable. This is just one of the issues caused by the fact that this is a rather direct adaptation of the play. Often it feels more like a filmed play, than an actual film.
Rated 16 Feb 2013
70
47th
It has good performances by O'Toole and Burton, but I wasn't blown away by much else. The story is just kind of ok. I preferred The Lion in Winter to this. Both star O'Toole as King Henry II, but The Lion in Winter was more intriguing IMO.
Rated 21 Oct 2007
93
96th
The film is beautifully shot. The script is clever and witty. Peter O'Toole's performance of the playboy King Henry II is fantastic. Richard Burton's portrayal of Thomas Becket as a man dedicated fully to whatever his duty entails is nothing short of perfection. A must see for sure, especially the newly restored DVD version.
Rated 22 Aug 2015
69
48th
Good but bland.
Rated 20 Aug 2018
80
86th
The story is simple, but very engaging, and this is in no small part because of Burton and O'Toole who give two very different, but equally terrific performances.
Rated 21 May 2009
0
12th
Histrionic history lesson, with Burton and O'Toole showing their stuff, or stuffing their show, as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, and His Royal Majesty Henry II, respectively, once inseparable friends, driven apart by the demands of their posts. On the tongues of these actors, talkiness becomes talkier.
Rated 14 May 2012
84
77th
83.500.
Rated 17 Apr 2020
90
88th
This adaptation of Jean Anouilh's play is really quite remarkable. O'Toole and Burton are at the height of their powers and turn in really extraordinary performances. They are both very theatrical, but in a way that complements the material. The play is opened up into a very well executed widescreen spectacle with gorgeous cinematography and striking, spare sets.
Rated 26 Jun 2021
85
76th
O'Toole is amazing.
Rated 03 Dec 2011
90
92nd
Two snaps and a twist.
Rated 03 Mar 2024
80
72nd
Excellent costume period drama/biopic of Thomas Becket. Everything is big in scale with grand sets and a huge cast. Burton is very strong as Becket and O'Toole is great and fun as Henry II. The relationship between the two men is the focus here, and it's handled very well, multi-faceted and deep. Could have probably been tightened slightly but very strong stuff.
Rated 27 Aug 2010
5
56th
I wish I could like this movie more. Its actually quite good. Unfortunately it did nothing for me. I think it was the lack of any atmosphere.
Rated 17 Dec 2013
77
87th
Parçala Becket.

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