Anne of the Thousand Days

Anne of the Thousand Days

Charles Jarrott (1969)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Producer Hal Wallis's inventive and flamboyant slice of English history was a surprising hit, reviving a moribund genre and providing marvellous showcases for Richard Burton, as a roistering but soulful Henry VIII, and Geneviève Bujold, touchingly well cast as Anne Boleyn. The period interiors, largely re-created at Shepperton studios, are beautifully designed, though much of the attention to detail is lost on television. Margaret Furse's costumes rightly won an Oscar; a shame, then, that Charles Jarrott's direction is insipid and poorly paced. Nevertheless, this is a respectable example of film-making craftsmanship.


Henry VIII wins the hand of his ill-fated second wife Anne Boleyn by divorcing his first queen Katherine of Aragon, leading to a cataclysmic rift between the English Crown and the Vatican. However, when the marriage fails to produce a male heir, Henry and his council bring allegations of adultery, incest and treason against Anne, and condemn her to death. Historical drama, starring Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold, Anthony Quayle, Michael Hordern and Irene Papas.

Cast & Crew

King Henry VIII Richard Burton
Anne Boleyn Genevieve Bujold
Queen Katherine of Aragon Irene Papas
Cardinal Wolsey Anthony Quayle
Count Thomas Boleyn Michael Hordern
Thomas Cromwell John Colicos
Elizabeth Boleyn Katharine Blake
Duke of Norfolk Peter Jeffrey
Bishop Fisher Joseph O'Conor
Thomas More William Squire
Norris TP McKenna
Director Charles Jarrott
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: video and DVD