A Man for All SeasonsDVD - 1998
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Chancellor of England, Sir Thomas More, is placed in a difficult position when Henry VIII breaks with the Catholic Church over its refusal to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon so he can marry Anne Boleyn. Henry demands More's endorsement of this act. Torn between his conscience and duty t... Read More »
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Margaret More (visiting her father in his prison cell): "Father... God more regards the thoughts of the heart than the words of the mouth, or so you've always told me." Sure Thomas More: "Yes." Margaret More: "Then say the words of the oath, and in your heart think otherwise!" Sir Thomas More: "What is an oath, then, but words we say to God? ...Listen, Meg... (cupping his hands together) When a man takes an oath, he's holding his own self in his own hands, like water... And if he opens his fingers then, (gesturing) ...he needn't hope to find himself again... Some men aren't capable of this... but I'd be loathe to think your father one of them."
Sir Thomas More (in his prison cell): "...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..." Margaret More (crying): "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."
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