Becket (1964)

A historical costume drama of the grandest order, "Becket" is the true story of the friendship between King Henry II and Thomas à Becket, a royal courtier and confidant whom Henry appoints as Archbishop of Canterbury. Once… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 11, 1964
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2007
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Ripe with homoerotic undercurrents -- which O'Toole mines with relish in his great hysterical performance, full of cunning, eloquence and mad outbursts.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The picture is being re-released in 30 cities around the country before finally appearing on DVD after years of online foment from fans.The DVD is due in May, but try to catch it in theaters first. It's worth it.

Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Just as the characters' loyalties to one another are called into question, so, too are ours: Becket enters a moral grey area from which it never fully emerges.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Becket may seem like a movie of yesteryear, but its timeliness brims over with rousing, meditative discourses between Henry and the church leaders on the separation of church and state.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Burton is extraordinary in one of his rare good movie roles and O'Toole is regally madcap and larger than life.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Becket is a terrific example of the historical play or novel turned into a cinematic drama crackling with whip-smart dialogue. I imagine actors must go mad with delight when they read a script that has page after page of dialogue this good.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Everything that Doctor Strangelove is -- daring and inspired, vibrant and brilliantly staged -- Becket is not.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

How could you hope for better casting than Peter O'Toole and his acting rival/drinking buddy Richard Burton playing opposite each other?

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David Thomas

it finds what's compelling about that history and, more importantly, what's compelling about the people in that history. And, just to be on the safe side, it throws in two of the greatest actors of the day.

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Jim Hunter
In a tale of nepotism gone wrong, Henry II appoints his friend Thomas Becket as Archbishop of Caterbury but isn't prepared for the consequences when Becket… More
Jennifer D
Awesome, the first real bromance picture. As actors Burton and O'Toole did fantastically well. As was expected I think. O'Toole's character a bit… More
Melvin White
Becket is a fantastic period piece. It's long and some scenes are very drawn out, but it is well worth the watch. It's visually stunning and there… More
Tim Sigur
Great film with extraordinary performances by O'Toole and Burton. This film is one of the best examples of how a historically based character study should… More
Aj V
Two best friends, one an amoral king, the other a man of God. This movie has a great story and great actors for the characters. It's kind of long, but I… More
Michael Gildea
The chemistry between Burton and O'Toole is incredible. Shame the plot wouldn't let it last. I enjoyed Becket a lot more than I thought I would. It… More