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A Man for All Seasons (1966 film) Quotes

A Man for All Seasons (1966 film) is a television show that appeared on TV in 1970 . A Man for All Seasons completed its run in 1970.

It features Fred Zinnemann as producer, Georges Delerue in charge of musical score, and Ted Moore as head of cinematography.

A Man for All Seasons (1966 film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United Kingdom. Each episode of A Man for All Seasons (1966 film) is 120 minutes long. A Man for All Seasons (1966 film) is distributed by Columbia Pictures.

The cast includes: Corin Redgrave as William Roper, John Hurt as Richard Rich, Leo McKern as Cromwell, Susannah York as Margaret More, Cyril Luckham as Archbishop Cranmer, Thomas Heathcote as Man, and Colin Blakely as Matthew.

A Man for All Seasons (1966 film) Quotes

Leo McKern as Cromwell

  • (Leo McKern) "I know a man who wants to change his woman."
  • (Sir Thomas More) "You threaten like a dockside bully."
  • (Leo McKern) "How should I threaten?"
  • (Sir Thomas More) "Like a minister of state. With justice."
  • (Leo McKern) "Oh, justice is what you're threatened with."
  • (Sir Thomas More) "Then I am not threatened."
  • (Leo McKern) "I have evidence that Sir Thomas, while he was a judge, accepted bribes."
  • (The Duke of Norfolk) "What? Goddammit, he was the only judge since Cato who didn't accept bribes. When was there last a Chancellor whose possessions after three years in office totaled one hundred pounds and a gold chain?"
  • (Leo McKern) "Now, Sir Thomas, you stand on your silence."
  • (Sir Thomas More) "I do."
  • (Leo McKern) "But, gentlemen of the jury, there are many kinds of silence. Consider first the silence of a man who is dead. Let us suppose we go into the room where he is laid out, and we listen: what do we hear? Silence. What does it betoken, this silence? Nothing; this is silence pure and simple. But let us take another case. Suppose I were to take a dagger from my sleeve and make to kill the prisoner with it; and my lordships there, instead of crying out for me to stop, maintained their silence. That would betoken. It would betoken a willingness that I should do it, and under the law, they will be guilty with me. So silence can, according to the circumstances, speak. Let us consider now the circumstances of the prisoner's silence. The oath was put to loyal subjects up and down the country, and they all declared His Grace's title to be just and good. But when it came to the prisoner, he refused. He calls this silence. Yet is there a man in this court; is there a man in this country.; who does not know Sir Thomas More's opinion of this title?"
  • (Unnamed) "No."
  • (Leo McKern) "Yet how can this be? Because this silence betokened, nay, this silence was, not silence at all, but most eloquent denial."
  • (Sir Thomas More) "Not so. Not so, Master Secretary. The maxim is "Qui tacet consentire": the maxim of the law is "Silence gives consent". If therefore you wish to construe what my silence betokened, you must construe that I consented, not that I denied."
  • (Leo McKern) "Is that in fact what the world construes from it? Do you pretend that is what you wish the world to construe from it?"
  • (Sir Thomas More) "The world must construe according to its wits; this court must construe according to the law."
  • (Leo McKern) "The King wants Sir Thomas to bless his marriage. If Sir Thomas appeared at the wedding, now, it might save us all a lot of trouble."
  • (The Duke of Norfolk) "Aaahh, he won't attend the wedding."
  • (Leo McKern) "If I were you, I'd try and persuade him. I really would try -- if I were you."
  • (The Duke of Norfolk) "Cromwell, are you threatening me?"
  • (Leo McKern) "My dear Norfolk -- this isn't Spain. This is England."
  • (Leo McKern) "Are you coming my way, Rich?"

Cyril Luckham as Archbishop Cranmer

  • (Sir Thomas More) "I am commanded by the King to be brief, and since I am the King's obedient subject, brief I will be. I die his Majesty's good servant but God's first."
  • (Sir Thomas More) "I forgive you right readily."
  • (Sir Thomas More) "Be not afraid of your office; you send me to God."
  • (Cyril Luckham) "You're very sure of that, Sir Thomas?"
  • (Sir Thomas More) "He will not refuse one who is so blithe to go to him."
  • (Narrator) "Thomas More's head was stuck on Traitors' Gate for a month, then his daughter, Margaret, removed it and kept it till her death. Cromwell was beheaded for high treason five years after More. The archbishop was burned at the stake. The Duke of Norfolk should have been executed for high treason, but the king died of syphilis the night before. Richard Rich became chancellor of England and died in his bed."

Susannah York as Margaret More

  • (Susannah York) "Will wants to marry me, Father."
  • (Sir Thomas More) "Well, he can't."
  • (Susannah York) "Father, that man's bad."
  • (Sir Thomas More) "There's no law against that."
  • (Corin Redgrave) "There is: God's law."
  • (Sir Thomas More) "Then God can arrest him."
  • (Sir Thomas More) "-- If we lived in a state where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us saintly. But since we see that abhorrence, anger, pride, and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice, and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little; even at the risk of being heroes --"
  • (Susannah York) "But in reason. Haven't you done as much as God can reasonably want?"
  • (Sir Thomas More) "-- Well, finally -- it isn't a matter of reason. Finally, it's a matter of love."

Corin Redgrave as William Roper

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Thomas Heathcote as Man

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John Hurt as Richard Rich

  • (Sir Thomas More) "Why not be a teacher? You'd be a fine teacher; perhaps a great one."
  • (John Hurt) "If I was, who would know it?"
  • (Sir Thomas More) "You; your pupils; your friends; God. Not a bad public, that."
  • (John Hurt) "I would be faithful."
  • (Sir Thomas More) "Richard, you couldn't answer for yourself even so far as tonight."

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