Becket Synopsis
An English king appoints his friend Thomas Becket as the Archbishop of Canterbury.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
While major stars thrust together on screen often end up undercutting each other, one of the pleasures of Becket is how easily and...
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Christian Science Monitor

By Peter Rainer
Burton is extraordinary in one of his rare good movie roles and O'Toole is regally madcap and larger than life. No doubt his...
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Portland Oregonian

By M. E. Russell
O'Toole just keeps turning up the volume, and it's thrilling to watch.
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Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
It is a snapshot of a great actor in his prime and a chance for us to see one of yesteryear's great films in all its kingly luster.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Peter Glenville's staging of the material is the opposite of cinematic, but the pleasure of these two extravagantly gifted actors at the...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Becket, now richly restored, is one of those '60s British theatrical spectaculars that we always imagine as a bit better than they were.
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L.A. Weekly

By Ella Taylor
There's much to be said for a film that, however cheesily realized, sticks in memory for four decades.
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Boston Globe

The one thing going for Becket is actually two things: Burton and O'Toole.
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Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
One hundred forty-nine minutes of pure, unadulterated culture.
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Village Voice

Dully overcomposed, the film evinces a Disneyed sense of palace life and reaches a laughable apotheosis when Henry and Becket's rendezvous...
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From the Tony Award winning play - Brilliant!

By oaksong
This is a total must see with an amazingly written script and a brilliant collection of actors to deliver the goods. Well worth a large screen viewing....


By northcarolina
One of the greatest movies ever made....

BECKET: Still Brilliant

By lugubriousthespian
This thoroughly realized film adaptation of Jean Anouhille's herculean stage play of the same name boasts some of the finest high caliber casting coups that truly paid off as both Richard Burton and...

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Rated NR | For Some Sexual Content and Violence