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.
United Kingdom, United States of America
Richard Burton (Becket / Thomas Becket), Peter O'Toole (his King / King Henry II), John Gielgud (King Louis of France / King Louis VII of France), Gino Cervi (the Cardinal / Cardinal Zambelli), Paolo Stoppa (the Pope / Pope Alexander III), Donald Wolfit (Bishop Folliot), David Weston (Brother John) more..., Martita Hunt (Empress Matilda), Pamela Brown (Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine), Percy Herbert (Baron), Siân Phillips (Gwendolen), Felix Aylmer (Archbishop of Canterbury), Niall MacGinnis (Baron), Christopher Rhodes (Baron), John Phillips (Bishop of Winchester), Elizabeth Taylor (Village Extra with Blonde Wig (uncredited)), Magda Konopka (Girl on Balcony), Inigo Jackson (Robert de Beaumont), Frank Pettingell (Bishop of York), Véronique Vendell (French prostitute (as Veronique Vendell)), Jennifer Hilary (Peasant's Daughter), David Davenport (), Hamilton Dyce (Bishop of Chichester), Peter Jeffrey (Baron), Michael Miller (Baron), Peter Prowse (Baron), Jack Taylor ()
Geoffrey Unsworth (Director of Photography), Hal B. Wallis (Producer), Anne V. Coates (Editor), Laurence Rosenthal (Original Music Composer), Edward Anhalt (Screenplay), Jean Anouilh (Writer), Lucienne Hill (Translator) more..., Maurice Carter (Art Direction), Joseph H. Hazen (Executive Producer), John Bryan (Production Design),
Paramount, Paramount Film Service, Keep Films
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