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
Although this movie received mixed reviews, it was a financial failure on release. See more »
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 »
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a must see for lovers of history, film, drama and beauty
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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