When Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine of Aragon, is unable to produce an heir to the throne, he uses that as a pretext for the pope to grant him a divorce, so he can marry his newest conquest, Anne Boleyn.
The King is backed by everyone on this request except the highly regarded and religious Sir Thomas More. When Cardinal Wolsey, Chancellor of England, names More as his successor, it becomes important for Henry to get More's support, but More cannot be swayed.
Henry demands the clergy to renounce the Pope and to name him Head of the Church of England. Oliver Cromwell frames More, forcing him to resign as Chancellor. Eventually More is brought to trial, found guilty of treason, and beheaded.
Academy Awards Best Costume Design (Color) 1966
Academy Awards Best Picture 1966
Academy Awards Best Actor 1966 Paul Scofield Oscar-winning British actor; A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966)
Academy Awards Best Director 1966 Fred Zinnemann Director/producer
Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1966 Robert Bolt Screenwriter/Playwright
Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1966 Ted Moore British Diretor of Photography