Becket [DVD] [1964]

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Special Features

  • Commentary with Peter O'Toole
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Still gallery
  • Interviews with editor Anne V. Coates and composer Laurence Rosenthal
  • Archival interviews with Richard Burton
  • TV spot


A high-class costume drama with a substantive historical basis, Becket is the true story of the friendship between King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) and Thomas à Becket (Richard Burton), a royal courtier and confidant whom Henry appoints as Archbishop of Canterbury. As Becket takes his duties with the Church seriously, he finds himself increasingly at odds with the King, who finally orders the death of his once-close companion when he continues to defy the throne. Burton is very good and O'TOOLE is even better: both men were nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, while Edward Anhalt's screenplay, based on the stageplay by Jean Anouilh, won for Best Adapted Screenplay. The basic theme of separation of church and state still reverberates today, while the top-notch production values ensure Becket's place as one of Britain's better historical epics. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Richard Burton
    Richard Burton - Thomas Becket
  • Peter O'Toole
    Peter O'Toole - Henry II
  • John Gielgud
    John Gielgud - Louis VII
  • Donald Wolfit
    Donald Wolfit - Bishop Folliot
  • Martita Hunt
    Martita Hunt - Queen Matilda

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great old movie reproduced on Blu-ray

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    I have always enjoyed this movie from the '60s. The Academy (that awards the Oscars) helped restore it and reproduce it on Blu-ray. Best Buy was happy to price-match this title with Amazon, otherwise I would have said it was too expensive.

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