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Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)





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Henry VIII and His Six Wives is a feature film based upon the 1971 BBC miniseries The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Keith Michell weathers several makeup changes as the much-married titular monarch. While the miniseries was able to explore the political and personal reasons for the selection (and sometimes rejection) of the wives, the shortened version concentrates chiefly on such highlights as the birth of Queen Elizabeth and the execution of Anne Boleyn. The film is constructed in flashback form, with an aged Henry recalling his marital record. Side note: Donald Pleasence appears as Thomas Cromwell in Henry VIII and His Six Wives; Pleasence's daughter Angela had played Katherine Howard, Bride No. 5, in the original Six Wives of Henry VIII.


Keith Michell
as Henry VIII
Frances Cuka
as Katherine of Aragon
Charlotte Rampling
as Anne Boleyn
Jane Asher
as Jane Seymour
Donald Pleasence
as Thomas Cromwell
Lynne Frederick
as Catherine Howard
Jenny Bos
as Anne Of Cleves
Barbara Leigh-Hunt
as Catherine Parr
Michael Goodliffe
as Thomas More
John Bennett
as Wriothesley
Michael Godfrey
as Sir Ralph Ellerker
Michael Byrne
as Edward Seymour
Peter Clay
as Thomas Seymour
Robin Sachs
as Thomas Culpepper
Alan Rowe
as French Ambassador
Simon Henderson
as Prince Edward
Mark York
as Brereton
Margaret Ward
as Lady Rochford
Colin Rix
as Bowes
Imogen Claire
as Maria de Salinas
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Critic Reviews for Henry VIII and His Six Wives

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

With yeoman direction by Waris Hussein, the film is, in sum, a thinking-man's spectacular, with something, of course, to please even the non-thinkers.

October 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Historical pageants may be fine for high-school graduation ceremonies, but since none of the performers in this film is likely to be your son or daughter, why bother with it?

July 22, 2020 | Full Review…

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