King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas Becket, technically a deacon of the church, to the post. Unfortunately, Becket takes the job seriously and provides abler opposition to Henry.

  1. Peter Glenville


  2. Edward Anhalt


  3. Jean Anouilh


Top Billed Cast

  1. Richard Burton

    Richard Burton

    Becket / Thomas Becket

  2. Peter O'Toole

    Peter O'Toole

    his King / King Henry II

  3. John Gielgud

    John Gielgud

    King Louis of France / King Louis VII of France

  4. Gino Cervi

    Gino Cervi

    the Cardinal / Cardinal Zambelli

  5. Paolo Stoppa

    Paolo Stoppa

    the Pope / Pope Alexander III

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Status Released

Release Information

  • March 11, 1964


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 28m

Budget -

Revenue -



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