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249 Ratings


Directed by Peter Glenville
United States, 1964
Biography, Drama


An English king comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant, who finds his true honor by observing God’s divine will rather than the king’s.

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Becket Directed by Peter Glenville

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1965 | Winner: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

1965 | 11 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1964 | 2 wins including: Best Film

BAFTA Awards

1965 | 3 wins including: Best British Art Direction (Colour)

1965 | 4 nominations including: Best British Actor

Directors Guild of America

1965 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

What are people saying?

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Becket

    It's not good to be King. Especially this one, who is a lonely man. "Kings have no friends, only subjects and enemies." It's not good to fall in love with a someone who feels no love. You end up acting like a petulant 5 year old child.

  • Roscoe's rating of the film Becket

    Absolutely deadly. There's some good sharp fun with O'Toole and Burton, but it all too often just lies there onscreen. Cinematically a big dead corpse, rotting away. Anthony Harvey's film of LION IN WINTER is far tastier.

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Becket

    Long before Brokeback Mountain, there was this film, BECKET, probably the best gay love story ever to come out of mid-century Hollywood. O'Toole and Burton are perfect.

  • naokoken's rating of the film Becket

    Peter O'Toole has so many great lines in this movie. "I am surrounded by fools. Beckett is the only intelligent man in my kingdom and he is against me." Richard Burton too with "I am afraid we most only do absurdly what it has been given to us to do right to the end." Really amazed. A movie I will watch again several times.

  • Myles's rating of the film Becket

    I'm really a sucker for these stories of thrones and blood and privy chamber intrigue. We get some ham-handed dialogue and some serious histrionics, but it's worth watching and often funny. Plus, as far as 60s epics go, it's way more homoerotic than Lion in Winter or Man for All Seasons. From their dynamic, my suspicion is that Henry was the one used to getting stabbed (by Becket's throbbing, holier-than-thou sword.)

  • Kyle Knapp's rating of the film Becket

    Over three or four viewings in the last decade I've gone from finding this mediocre to ridiculous but fun to near-brilliant. Burton's performance is lame and soporific and all the prating on about honor is, well, dumb, but O'Toole is the real protagonist of this story and he is *so* *damned* *entertaining*. Fun to compare this to his wiser, colder Henry II in Lion in Winter. The design elements are all wonderful.

  • Chris's rating of the film Becket

    not nearly as gay as i thought it would be after reading reviews (and im saying this as a gay male) but i didn't let my disappointment ruin my enjoyment (((also richard burton was really hot))) 9/10

  • Padiddle's rating of the film Becket

    An enjoyable costume drama that suffers from some minor issues. O'Toole is fantastic as always and Burton puts in a fine performance as well. I also thought the music and pacing were good. The rest of the cast I didn't find to compelling and I wasn't too keen on the cinematography overall (although there are some great shots here and there).