Film - A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield), highly respected Chancellor of England, is on a collision course with King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw). In order to divorce Catherine of Aragon and marry Ann Boleyn, the king insists that More sign a letter asking the Pope for an annulment. A devout Catholic, More cannot condone what he deems heresy and declines. Henry renounces the Church of Rome and establishes the Church of England. In another act of defiance, More refuses to attend the king’s wedding. Rather than acknowledge the Oath of Supremacy that declares the king head of the new church, More resigns. Henry is done with More’s insubordination. Lord Great Chamberlain Thomas Cromwell (Leo McKern) and his flunky Richard Rich (John Hurt) are certain they can engineer More’s downfall.