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Henry VIII (2003)

Two part mini-series documenting the stormy thirty-eight-year reign of King Henry VIII.

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Pete Travis

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Peter Morgan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Winstone ... Henry VIII
Joss Ackland ... Henry VII
Sid Mitchell Sid Mitchell ... Young Henry VIII
Charles Dance ... Duke of Buckingham
Mark Strong ... Duke of Norfolk
Assumpta Serna ... Katherine of Aragon
Thomas Lockyer Thomas Lockyer ... Edward Seymour
William Houston ... Thomas Seymour
Danny Webb ... Thomas Cromwell
Guy Flanagan Guy Flanagan ... Tall Servant
David Suchet ... Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Scott Handy ... Lord Henry Percy
Helena Bonham Carter ... Anne Boleyn
Benjamin Whitrow ... Thomas Boleyn
Stephen Noonan Stephen Noonan ... Spanish Ambassador
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Two part mini-series documenting the stormy thirty-eight-year reign of King Henry VIII.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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GBP6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Andrew Garfield played the role of a servant in the court. He had one line and is uncredited. See more »

Goofs

Immediately preceding the scene (interior) where the Pope is seen writing his refusal to divorce Henry VIII from Catherine of Aragon, there is a panoramic view of the Vatican (with St. Peter's basilica), implying that the Pope was in Rome/the Vatican at the time.DIn fact, the Pope was at Orvieto at the time, and it was there, in the Papal palace, where he wrote and signed this particular document. See more »

Quotes

Katherine of Aragon: What did I do to upset you, that a maid of mine should turn against me like this?
Anne Boleyn: You failed to give England an heir.
Katherine of Aragon: And that upsets you so?
Anne Boleyn: What upsets the King, upsets me.
Katherine of Aragon: Let me tell you this. You want me to lie before God, and admit my first marriage was consummated? Well, it was not. You want me to retire, and withdraw my daughter's claim as sole rightful heir to the throne? Well, I shall not. Not in a thousand years. Not if you rack me within an inch of my life. So, I hope you have the ...
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Crazy Credits

Helena Bonham Carter receives second-billing in both parts despite Anne Boleyn getting the chop in the first part. Her contribution in part 2 is the pre-title reprise and flashbacks all already shown in part 1. See more »

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Not for historians
30 March 2004 | by anne-25See all my reviews

What makes this drama fail is that it is impossible to take seriously as 16th Century England. It has absolutely no feeling of authenticity - the sets are bright and tatty, the costumes (especially what some of the wives were wearing) looked like fairy-tale outfits, and all the way through it has this Hollywood-style cinematic music playing.

The writing is utterly atrocious. The drama simply follows from one wife to the next. It never really delves into any other aspect of Henry's life apart from his relationships with his wives, each of whom is portrayed into a flat, plain stereotype. The drama places undue emphasis on an uprising by Robert Aske, and Sean Bean's ending is so blatantly copied off his fate as Boromir in 'Lord of the Rings' it's embarrassing. Except for the lead, the acting itself is not bad, but the characters sound too modern (very soap-like) and Ray Winstone is beyond belief as Henry VIII.

Ultimately, 'Henry VIII' is not about history in either its style or substance, but is more of a soap-style drama on a par with 'Footballer's Wives'.


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