An agonisingly respectable, sincere film of Robert Bolt's literate play, with Scofield as Sir Thomas More, endorsing the divine right of the Pope over and above his King. McKern is Thomas Cromwell; Shaw, Henry VIII; Hiller, Mrs More. They're all fine, but Orson Welles alone relieves the boredom in a marvellous cameo as Cardinal Wolsey. If only they'd let him loose with the whole sorry history...
Cast and crew
Paul Scofield Robert Shaw Wendy Hiller Leo McKern Orson Welles Susannah York Nigel Davenport John Hurt Corin Redgrave Colin Blakely Cyril Luckham Vanessa Redgrave