A Man for All Seasons

Title: A Man for All Seasons
Year: 1966
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Writer: Robert Bolt, based on his play
Starring: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles
Music: Georges Delerue
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor (Scofield), Best Cinematography (color) and Best Costume Design (color); Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Hiller) and Best Supporting Actor (Shaw); formerly on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a former friend of Henry VIII is a Papist and tries not to get killed over it
Length: 120 minutes
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), December 2008
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent).
Objective Rating: 4/10 (gets points for concept, characters, dialog and acting) c. 2.6/4 (Good).

I haven’t really got anything bad to say about it. There just isn’t much here to make me care. Great concept, great cast, but it doesn’t come together to do anything special. I like that they tried using/imitating period music, but a competent score could have done wonders for this movie.


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