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Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

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King Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Catharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.

Director:

Charles Jarrott

Writers:

Bridget Boland (screenplay), John Hale (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... King Henry VIII
Geneviève Bujold ... Anne Boleyn (as Genevieve Bujold)
Irene Papas ... Queen Catherine of Aragon
Anthony Quayle ... Cardinal Wolsey
John Colicos ... Thomas Cromwell
Michael Hordern ... Thomas Boleyn
Katharine Blake Katharine Blake ... Elizabeth Boleyn
Valerie Gearon ... Mary Boleyn
Michael Johnson Michael Johnson ... George Boleyn
Peter Jeffrey ... Norfolk
Joseph O'Conor ... Fisher
William Squire ... Thomas More
Esmond Knight ... Kingston
Nora Swinburne ... Lady Kingston
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Mendoza
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Storyline

King Henry VIII (Richard Burton) of England discards one wife, Catharine of Aragon (Irene Papas), who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of a young and beautiful woman, Anne Boleyn (Geneviève Bujold), whose one-thousand-day reign as Queen of England ends with the loss of her head on the block. Henry weds Anne and soon she gives him a child. The girl, Elizabeth (Amanda Jane Smythe), is a bitter disappointment to Henry, who desperately wants an heir. Anne promises Henry a son "next time", but Henry is doubtful. Shortly thereafter, rumors begin that the King's eye has already wandered. One Jane Seymour (Lesley Paterson) is at court for a moment. The Queen has her sent away, but, if Anne will bring Jane back to court, the King promises to sign the Act of Succession to insure that Elizabeth will be Queen. Written by alfiehitchie

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He was King. She was barely 18. And in their thousand days they played out the most passionate and shocking love story in history!


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PG | See all certifications »
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Although this movie received mixed reviews, it was a financial failure on release. See more »

Goofs

When Katherine is listening to music with her ladies in waiting, a tapestry from the cycle of the Lady and the Unicorn is clearly visible in several shots, as well as in a few other subsequent scenes. These were made in Florence and were eventually rediscovered in France. They were never in England. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
King Henry VIII: What is the verdict?
Thomas Cromwell: Guilty - Your Grace.
King Henry VIII: All of them?
Thomas Cromwell: Guilty.
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Galliard
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Music by Anthony Holborne
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a must see for lovers of history, film, drama and beauty
20 April 2003 | by footballnurse2000See all my reviews

15 minutes into the movie, you forget that you are not seeing Henry VIII and his soon to be beheaded Queen Anne. The costumes and sets are breathtaking and the end, even tho you know what will happen, still illicits an audible gasp from everyone who sees it for the first time. Along with Lion in Winter and a handful of others, this should be required viewing for every student of history, film and drama.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anne of the Thousand Days See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,068,232
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (some 35 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (some 35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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