A Man For All Seasons is
based on the life of Sir Thomas More who was the 16th- century Lord
Chancellor of England. When King Henry VIII (yes, the one with all the wives)
asked him to send a letter to the Pope asking for an annulment, More refused
and resigned his post. When Henry later asked More to recognize him as head of
the Church of England, he refused that as well. That final refusal cost him his
The film is a deeply moving look at conscience and integrity and the lengths one man will go to do what he believes is right. After he is condemned, More gives a stirring speech in front of the court that is a powerful indictment of corruption and power.
Robert Whittington, a contemporary of Mores, wrote this about him in 1520. The title of the film is pulled from this quote:
More is a man of an angel's wit and singular learning. I know not his fellow. For where is the man of that gentleness, lowliness and affability? And, as time requireth, a man of marvelous mirth and pastimes, and sometime of as sad gravity. A man for all seasons.
~ Evan Derrick
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