Adapted by Robert Bolt and Constance Willis from Bolt's hit stage play, A Man for All Seasons stars Paul Scofield, triumphantly repeating his stage role as Sir Thomas More. The film followGÇÖs the staunchly Catholic More's refusal to acknowledge King Henry VIII Robert Shaw's break from the church to divorce his first wife and marry Anne Boleyn an unbilled Vanessa Redgrave. Sir Thomas willingly goes to the chopping block rather than sacrifice his ideals. The impeccably chosen cast includes Wendy Hiller as Sir Thomas' likably contentious wife Alice, John Hurt as the deceitful Richard Rich More's put-downs of this despicable character provide some of the film's biggest laughs, Orson Welles as a dour Cardinal Woolsey, Leo McKern as the ambitious Thomas Cromwell, and Susannah York as More's daughter Margaret. A Man for All Seasons won six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, as well as seven British Film Academy awards.
A Man for all Seasons