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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 77
Category: Bio/History, DramaNotable as: Costume dramaSub-Category: Biographical film, Costume drama, Historical period drama, DramaNarrative location: EnglandRuntime: 148 - 150 minutesLanguage: English, LatinCountry: United Kingdom, United StatesDirector: Peter GlenvilleScreenwriter: Edward AnhaltBased on: BecketMusic: Laurence RosenthalCinematography: Geoffrey UnsworthStars: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Gino Cervi, Paolo Stoppa, Martita Hunt, Pamela Brown, Siân Phillips, Percy Herbert, John Phillips Producer: Hal B. WallisStudio: Paramount PicturesAwards won: Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Edward Anhalt)Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Peter O'Toole)
Academy Award for Best Actor (Richard Burton)
Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color (Geoffrey Unsworth)
Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Color
Academy Award for Best Director (Peter Glenville)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Anne V. Coates)
Academy Award for Best Original Score (Laurence Rosenthal)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Hal B. Wallis)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (John Gielgud)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

Becket is a 1964 British-American dramatic film adaptation of the play Becket or the Honour of God by Jean Anouilh made by Hal Wallis Productions and released by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Peter Glenville and produced by Hal B. Wallis with Joseph H. Hazen as executive producer. The screenplay was written by Edward Anhalt based on Anouilh's play. The music score was by Laurence Rosenthal, the cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth and the editing by Anne V. Coates. The film stars Richard Burton as Thomas Becket and Peter O'Toole as King Henry II, with John Gielgud as King Louis VII, Donald Wolfit as Gilbert Foliot, Paolo Stoppa as Pope Alexander III, Martita Hunt as Empress Matilda, Pamela Brown as Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, Siân Phillips, Felix Aylmer, Gino Cervi, David Weston, and Wilfrid Lawson. Restored prints of Becket were re-released in 30 theatres in the US in early 2007, following an extensive restoration from the film's YCM separation protection masters. The film was released on DVD by MPI Home Video in May 2007 and on Blu-ray Disc in November 2008.


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