A Man for All Seasons

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Superb movie of More's stand against Henry VIII.
  • NR
  • 1966
  • 120 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Standing up for what you believe in.

Violence

Non-explicit execution scene

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is an outstanding study of a man faced with a harrowingly difficult moral choice. The king wishes to divorce his wife, which at the time was not allowed. A man stands his ground but is executed (not graphic) for his steadfast beliefs. There's some drinking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytommysportsgirl April 9, 2008

wonderful

More stands up for what he believes in, even if it means death. A great role model!
Adult Written byFrank McEvoy M. May 8, 2018

My Favorite Movie of All Time

I've watched this more times than I can count. The plot is excellent. Everyone in the cast is first rate, particularly Paul Scoffield. (If you watch ano... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byethanct86 October 12, 2015

May be a little over the head of younger kids. Great movie for High schoolers.

The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. Legendary incredi... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBestPicture1996 March 23, 2013

Slow-paced, but great dialogue & ensemble

Scofield is subtle, wise and powerful as Thomas More, a man who goes to the very end to (silently) fight what he believes in. This Best Picture winner takes a... Continue reading

What's the story?

The Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield), is a man of great principle and a devout Catholic in the time of King Henry VIII. The King wants to dissolve his marriage to the queen (a Spanish princess and the widow of his late brother) so that he can marry Anne Boleyn. All around him, courtiers and politicians plot to use this development to their advantage, or at least to hold on to their positions, given the conflict between the Church's position that marriage is indissoluble and the King's that it must be dissolved. For More, the choice is clear, and God comes before the King. But because of More's incorruptible reputation, his support is crucial. Every possible form of persuasion and coercion is attempted, but More will not make any affirmative statement on behalf of the divorce (though he refrains from opposing it explicitly). And More will not lend his allegiance to the new church headed by the King. Finally, having lost his position, his fortune, his reputation (on false charges) and his liberty, More is sentenced to death. He accepts it with grace and faith, forgiving the executioner.

Is it any good?

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS is an outstanding (and brilliantly filmed) study of a man who is faced with a harrowingly difficult moral choice. The choice remains clear to him, even at great cost not just to himself but to his family. Yet within his clear moral imperative, he does calibrate. His conscience does not require him to work against or even speak out against the divorce; he need only keep silent.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what the title means. The same director made "High Noon" -- do you see any similarities? How would you decide what to do, if you were More? What other characters in history can you think of who sustained such a commitment to a moral principle?

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