Charlton Heston directs and stars with Academy-Award winner Vanessa Redgrave and the great British thespian Sir John Gielgud in a gripping adaptation of two-time Academy Award-winner Robert Bolt’s international stage success. The tragedy focuses on two formidable antagonists: Henry VIII, who breaks with the Catholic Church to divorce his aging wife, and Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas More (Heston), whose conscience will not allow him to condone the break, let alone sign an oath to that effect, even at the risk of his own life. A riveting drama, and a story for all seasons.
Fans of the honored 1966 film will find much to savor in this version. The stage role of the Common Man has been restored, providing a frame for the action. The exceptional cast includes Vanessa Redgrave as Alice More, John Gielgud as Cardinal Wolsey and Roy Kinnear (to whom the film is dedicated) as the Common Man. And Charlton Heston, in a role he played often on stage, tempers More’s flinty integrity with an underpinning of humorous warmth.
Fraser C. Heston penned the adaptation (un-credited) working closely with Bolt, and produced the film with Peter Snell for Turner Network Television.