Becket

"Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?" King Henry II

"Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?" King Henry II


☆ Classic 


Becket (1964) is a master class of acting and reacting as well as a great film.


Directed by Peter Glenville.


Starring Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole and John Gielgud among many others.

Becket is one of the best historical dramas I have ever watched. Hal Wallis paid for the $3 million budget from the profits he made off of Elvis Presley's, Blue Hawaii. The film is an adaptation of the play Becket or the Honour of God by Jean Anouilh. Peter O'Toole was schedule to star in the London stage version of Becket when he suddenly broke his contract to star in David Lean'sLawrence of Arabia (1962).

What I love about this film is the performances given by both O'Toole and Burton. The chemistry electrifies each and every scene. What is an extra bonus is the brilliance of casting John Gielgud. Gielgud has some of the funniest lines and he just casually lets them roll off his smiling face.

Watch how Peter and Richard work off each other in the scene below. They are playfully trying to steal the scene from each other with their physical actions. When O'Toole takes the towel, Burton puts his back to him and plays with his cuffs. Oh man, its great watching these two play with each other. They must have gotten piss drunk at the end of each day of shooting.


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Trivia -  Peter O'Toole played Henry II, four years later in The Lion in Winter. O'Toole received Oscar nominations for both films.



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