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5.0 out of 5 stars Conscience of the King, 15 Mar. 2008
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I remember the first time I saw this film in the mid-Sixties in Middlesbrough on a school trip. I thought it utterly wonderful, most of my classmates thought it wordy and foolish.

Sir Thomas More is played as a man of unbending conscience who depends upon his lawyerly skills to keep him from the axe (for this is England, not Spain) as such it is an evocation of the joys of hairsplitting. At times almost Shakesperarian in its language, it is a play about words and what they mean. More must seem a terribly unreal person to our present generations, but Scofield plays him very believably as a rather autistic good man who finds the foibles of others hard to accept. He is surrounded by a bevy of thespian talent. Nigel Davenport as the stentorian Duke of Norfolk, Leo McKern as the evil Cromwell, John Hurt as the man who gains all and loses all, Robert Shaw giving us a Henry VIII that (like Alec Guinesses's Charles I) sticks in the mind; and Colin Blakeney as the servant Matthew. It's a joy to behold. (And I've forgotten to mention Orson Welles and many many others).

I cannot think how many times I've seen it; please give it a shot, I think you'll enjoy it.
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Initial post: 6 Sep 2011 09:49:44 BDT
Mike T says:
any extra's ?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2013 15:37:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Apr 2013 15:37:30 BDT
Too many to mention if not a cast of thousands.

Posted on 20 May 2013 19:25:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 May 2013 19:27:52 BDT
I feel sorry for anyone who cannot appreciate this immaculate film (someone called it "dated" - insufficient car-chases no doubt). Not often one comes across a review by an (old) acquaintance; glad you liked it too Charles. The incidental nod to 'Cromwell' (Alec Guiness) should be taken as an exhortation to see that film as well...

Posted on 11 Mar 2014 21:09:34 GMT
P. Kennedy says:
Always found catholic schools went to see this movie, and protestant schools rarely did - mine didn't ;-)
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