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A Man for All Seasons (1988 film)

A Man for All Seasons is a 1988 television movie about St. Thomas More, directed by and starring Charlton Heston. It is based on the play of the same name by Robert Bolt, which was previously adapted in the Academy Award winning film from 1966. A Man for All Seasons was the first made for television film produced on behalf of the TNT (Turner Network Television) television network.

A Man for All Seasons
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Based on play by Robert Bolt
Written by Robert Bolt
Directed by Charlton Heston
Starring Charlton Heston
Vanessa Redgrave
Sir John Gielgud
Narrated by Roy Kinnear
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Editor(s) Eric Boyd-Perkins
Running time 150 minutes (30 minutes longer than the film from 1966)
Original release December 21, 1988

The film stars Heston as More, Vanessa Redgrave (who had a small cameo in the version from 1966) as his wife Alice More, Sir John Gielgud as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Martin Chamberlain as King Henry VIII, Richard Johnson as the Duke of Norfolk (historically, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk), and Roy Kinnear as the narrator, "The Common Man", who was cut from the previous film. (The "Common Man' functions in the manner of a Greek chorus throughout the play, appearing at crucial moments and seeming to comment on the action.)

The film from 1988 follows the original stage play more literally, runs a half hour longer than the film from 1966, and could be considered more "stagy" than that earlier film, which not only divided the Common Man into several more realistic characters, but omitted small portions of the play itself.


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