1966 historical drama recounting the story of how Sir Thomas More stood up to King Henry VIII

Reference

A Man for All Seasons (1966 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"A Man for All Seasons is a 1966 film based on Robert Bolt's play A Man for All Seasons about Sir Thomas More. It was released on 12 December 1966. Paul Scofield, who had played More in the West End stage premiere, also took the role in the film. It was directed by Fred Zinnemann, who had previously directed such films as High Noon and From Here to Eternity. The film won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor. ..."

Cast and Crew

John HurtRichard Rich
Leo McKernThomas Cromwell
Paul ScofieldSir Thomas More
Robert ShawKing Henry VIII
Orson WellesCardinal Wolsey

Video Products

A Man for All Seasons, 10 Feb 2004
Widescreen
A Man for All Seasons (Special Edition) (1966), 20 Feb 2007

Articles

Freedom's Flicks: The 20 Best Libertarian Movies of all Time, Nov 1999
The Orange County Register picks movies for "freedom lovers"
"2. A Man for All Seasons (1966). St. Thomas More is beheaded for opposing the tyranny of Henry VIII. Best libertarian moment: Just before his execution, More utters a final sentence of defiance against the tyrant: 'I die His Majesty's good servant, but God's first.'"
No Right to Remain Silent, by Sheldon Richman, 25 Jun 2004
Discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision compelling people to identify themselves if requested to do so by police
"This was best captured in Robert Bolt's play, A Man for All Seasons, about Sir Thomas More's refusal to sacrifice his integrity to Henry VIII. When another character, William Roper, says he'd abolish the protections of law to nab the Devil, More replies, '... Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake.'"

Reviews

A Man For All Seasons (1966), by Stephen W. Carson
"In this masterful telling of the true story of one man who stood up to the State, merely by refusing to change his mind, there are numerous timely elements. ... But the most disturbing aspect is well summarized in the words of Randolph Bourne ... It is merely [More's] refusal to enthusiastically assent to the actions of the State that brings wrath down on him."