PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History
King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the King's.
Originally produced on Broadway in 1959 with Sir Laurence Olivier as Becket and Anthony Quinn as King Henry II. When Quinn left the play to make movies, Olivier took over the role of Henry, and Arthur Kennedy was brought in to play Becket.
King Henry II:
Well, Thomas Becket. Are you satisfied? Here I am, stripped, kneeling at your tomb, while those treacherous Saxon monks of yours are getting ready to thrash me. Me - with my delicate skin. I bet you'd never have done the same for me. But - I suppose...
Henry's court is depicted as being in England. In fact, Henry II's primary residence and capital was Chinon, nearly 186 miles (300 kilometers) southwest of Paris. England was only one land in Henry's empire, which included most of modern day France.
English, Latin, Welsh
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