Anne of the Thousand Days
Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

This film adaptation of Maxwell Anderson's stage play concentrates on the romance between Britain's King Henry VIII and his ill-fated second wife Anne Boleyn. Anne marries Henry after he sheds himself of Katherine of Aragon.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 18, 1969
DVD Release Date: February 28, 1995
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TIME Magazine

It is a story fit for the second Elizabeth, though it has perhaps one minor fault: the first two hours.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

One of those almost unbearably classy movies, like A Man for All Seasons and Becket, that have a way of elevating the reputations of moviemakers without doing much for the art.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Some plucky performance don't manage to embue this historical drama with the regal spectacle the source material deserves.

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Variety Staff

Anne of the Thousand Days is a stunning-acted, sumptuous, grand-scale widescreen drama of the royal bed chamber and political intrigues that created the Church of England.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's about what you'd expect -- slow, dry, fleetingly intelligent.

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Emanuel Levy

The performances (by Burton and Bujold in the leads) are decent but the film is dull, overly long, and overwrought--the kind of Royalty picture that impresses Oscar voters.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Interminable plod through the story of Henry the Eighth and Anne Boleyn.

TV Guide

A superbly acted costume drama.

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Bujold gives a sweet and creditable performance, though, and Burton adds some humanity to a character often portrayed simply as a monster. Yet they cannot salvage this sprawling mess.

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Jim Hunter
Henry VIII falls for Anne Boleyn, and ... well, you know. Of all the dramatizations of the Henry VIII story that I've seen (and that's almost in the… More
Cameron Johnson
I kind of wish that there was actually a mention of the title in the lyric to the song "Land of a Thousand Dances" so that I could replace it with… More
Lanning : )
I just caught this the other night on Turner's month of Oscar-related films marathon. If you know me, you know that I'm not Ricard Burton's… More
John Ballantine
This is one of my favourite times in British history and it is delivered to great effect in this film.
Stephen M
I usually find this sort of historical drama fascinating to read about but a bit dull on film, though "Anne of the Thousand Days" is distinguished by… More
Nikki Meroney
Seeing how politics in the time of Henry VIII was interesting. Nicely done.