Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

 


 

He was King. She was barely 18. And in their thousand days they played out the most passionate and shocking love story in history!

Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn. Full summary »

Genre: Drama,History

Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
   
Release Date: 18 December 1969 (USA)
Country: UK
Director: Charles Jarrott
Cast:
  • Richard Burton
  • Geneviève Bujold
  • Irene Papas
  • Anthony Quayle
  • John Colicos
  • Michael Hordern
  • Katharine Blake
  • Valerie Gearon
  • Michael Johnson
  • Peter Jeffrey
  • Joseph O'Conor
  • William Squire
  • Esmond Knight
  • Nora Swinburne
  • Vernon Dobtcheff


36 Responses to Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

  1. carriemaria
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    I mean I don’t personally like a lot of things she did (treating Mary and Catherine so badley and such). But I just noticed this is the first portrayal of her not to come off as a complete home-wrecker. lol. If it’s accurate that’s nice to know I guess.

    ~I want a moustache Dammit!~

  2. HijodelCid
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    As I watch Burton in this role, I remember my grief at his passing when he was not quite 59. His eyes–so sad and gentle–and his voice–sonorous as a French horn and a trombone playing together–are totally unforgettable.

  3. Starla528
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    Could anyone recommend one? I know there are a ton out there and I want to make a good choice.

  4. Nearvana
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    since no one has started a thread of comparison, which anne does everyone feel more accurate? i tend to think this anne is more true to the real anne. don’t get me wrong, ‘the tudors’ anne is gripping to watch, but she almost seems weak in character, which to me would seem weak in intelligence, too self-serving in comparison to anne of 1000. thoughts?

    serva me, serva bote

  5. hugh_lover
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    who would you cast as Anne? as Henry?

  6. sports2119
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    I don’t know about you guys, but I have seen this movie a million times, and I have to say I can remeber all of Anne’s dresses by heart. My favorite dress of her’s is the blue one she has on when Henry first considers divorcing Katherine.

  7. hugh_lover
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    I usually don’t like many Tudor films. They are usually very inaccurate or just plain boring. This one was very good and had few inaccuracies, and the ones that they had still made the story good. What does everyone else think? What other Tudor films do you like?

  8. diva-41
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    Apparently they JUST put it up TODAY!! It will be packaged with "Mary, Queen of Scotts" – good combo! And if you buy it with "Beckett", you’ll save even more.

    http://www.amazon.com/Anne-Thousand-Days-Queen-Scots/dp/B000RF7XYY/ref=cm_lmf_tit_35_rdssss1/002-2819043-4998410

    Finally. We’ve only been asking for it since DVDs were invented. (sheesh)

  9. Addj
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    Keep this quote in mind when you watch this trailer

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfp09u8g7vI

    "Remember this: Elizabeth shall be a greater queen than any king of yours! She shall rule a greater England than you could ever have built! Yes – MY Elizabeth SHALL BE QUEEN! And my blood will have been well spent! "

    Let the fantastical homage to Boleyn mother and daughter against the bloody tyrants of the age continue to flourish!

    “DAMMIT *PERINO’S* is *MY* PLACE!!!!!"

  10. TexasRepublicbuff
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    I’m doing a project on the historical accuracy of this film…any helpful insights on accuracies/inaccuracies in this film? Thanks so much!

  11. chips76309
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    The list of goofs refers to George and Anne running "from" a bellowing Henry to find him already in the garden, but I always interpreted it as George being sent to fetch Anne, with them laughing about Henry’s voluble impatience for her presence.

    Have I been wrong all these years?

  12. Luanna255
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    Now, let’s get this straight. I am fascinated by Anne Boleyn. I think she was completely innocent of the crimes Henry VIII accused her of. I do not think she deserved to die. But I find it, frankly, completely incomprehensible when people cite her as a role model. A role model is someone whose life one tries to emulate. I see little, if anything, in Anne Boleyn’s life that should be replicated. Yes, she had some admirable qualities. She was by all reports very intelligent and witty. She took control of her own destiny and overcame insane odds to become Queen of England. The way she managed to manipulate Henry VIII and hold his interest all those years is impressive. She was mother of Elizabeth I, even if she only raised her for three years, and she appears to have been a good mother. And the fact that an entire Reformation took place just for her is terrifying and incredible at the same time (reminds me of Helen of Troy, in fact).

    But let’s look closer. Anne got her power through seducing a married man. Yes, Henry came after her first, but there’s no denying she encouraged it after a while. She seduced him away from a good, virtuous woman, Katherine of Aragon, and because of her Henry sent Katherine away to a drafty old castle where she was forbidden to see or communicate with her daughter Mary, until she eventually caught sick and died. Anne’s rise to power was steeped in the blood of innocents, not only Katherine’s but also those of those who refused to take the Oath, good and moral men like Thomas More and Bishop Fisher who did nothing wrong except refuse to lower their moral standards. Yes, it may have been Henry’s idea and not Anne’s but she was the cause of it. Anne may have objected to Henry’s treatment of Katherine and the murders (I can use no other word) of those who refused to take the oath, but she doesn’t appear to have spoken up. True, it was dangerous to disagree with Henry VIII, but Anne was a woman who spoke her mind, she could have extended it far enough to rebuke Henry about his cruelty. And for all we know, it might have been her idea. After Henry married Anne, the Princess Mary was forbidden to see or communicate with her mother (contrary to what they showed on The Tudors, the two never saw each other again) and Mary was suddenly declared a bastard. Instead of showing any sympathy Anne purposely humiliated Mary by forcing her to be a servant to the baby sister who was now Princess of Wales, a title which was Mary’s by right as Henry’s older daughter. While Mary had always been a staunch Catholic, I believe it may have been these events which instilled such a fanatic hatred of Protestantism in her, as she connected the Reformation with Anne and the related events such as being forced away from her mother and being unfairly declared a bastard. This fanatic hatred might have in turn led to the Protestant persecutions during her reign which earned her the name Bloody Mary. Furthermore, Anne and Henry VIII’s "love story" is not a true love story at all, certainly nothing to be emulated. She pursued him, at least initially and possibly till the end, for power only. He was little more than a twisted psychopath who killed Anne on trumped-up charges simply because she didn’t give him a male heir. There is nothing of love in that, there is nothing even close to love. Those who would claim love is close to hate have a twisted and unhealthy view on love. True love stories do not end with the husband beheading his wife for no good reason at all. Sorry. They don’t.

    In short, I see little here that is role model material. Any thoughts?

  13. gunshotwound
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    Is there anyone out there who knows anything about Ms. Furse? Very little info is out there for her and I would really like to know more. Anyone know about her design sketches for this film or any of her others? Are they in a museum, private collection, thrown away or what. I love the costumes for this movie and they deservidly won the "Oscar".

  14. sestra151
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    even though she was Henry’s daughter and by that fact was able to rule as queen, she never forgot her mother. It’s said she never spoke in public of Anne, yet she had a statue made of her for her coronation festivities. She gave many of her Boleyn/Howard relatives positions at court. However, Lettice Knolleys, a lady in waiting and her cousin, would later take away her "boyfriend", Robert Dudley. During his life, Henry had many references to Anne erased, but those that were missed, Elizabeth left alone, some of which can be seen today.

  15. mcade
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    Personally, I think John Colicos’ portrayal of Thomas Cromwell is the best on film, bar none.

    Wolfe Morris who played the part in The Six Wives of Henry VIII and James Frain who played the part in The Tudors come in a close second, but Colicos has this evil and slimy streak that is the epitome of Thomas Cromwell from all accounts of his personality.

    Everytime I see Colicos in another part, I always think of his role as Cromwell and would have loved to have seen him in The Six Wives of Henry VIII playing "Crum" from his rise to his fall from grace.

  16. juliegill
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    I do not believe that they were intimate with Anne Boleyn & im sure the King didnt either but for his own ends, he allowed them to be used, knowing they would have to die.

    I also dont believe she had an affair with Mark Smeaton. It seems a shame that most likely it was ALL entirely false & none of them could do anything to save themselves!

  17. Anonymous
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  18. Catriona515
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    Did Anne ever really love Henry, or was it all just an act? I know toward the end when she’s sitting by herself in the tower she mentions the year when they had love or happiness or something, but somehow her love for him never really seemed genuine. Or maybe it’s just me, lol.

  19. juliegill
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    I thought they had filmed at the tower, certainly looked like it.

  20. Kittencat1
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    I’ve read several conflicting reports as to whether this was in fact Anne Boleyn’s real name or just a nickname given her by the people who hated her as a ‘commoner’.

    Did the Boleyns ‘Frenchify’ their surname from Bullen?

    Thanks to anyone who can clear this up.

    Banana hammock!

  21. krazyhorse98
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    Okay I mainly just created this topic so I could sum up all of my gushing ^^

    And you guys could join…Even though 80% of the time this board is pretty empty…

    Anyways.

    I love the part when Henry is explaining to Anne how he’s not really married to Catherine and he’s all awkward and talking in third person

    "I was 17 and she was 23..So..England married Spain, not Henry married Catherine.."

    I found that oddly amusing and kind of cute.

    And of course, I loved the part in the end when he slaps her but she doesn’t budge…I know I know you guys have already heard me say it, but I LOVE THAT!

    I’m teaching myself to be angry like that, instead of getting stupid, I’ll get clever and smart and huffy…That’s cool anger. rofl I sound like a weirdo…

    And and I loved the part when he doesn’t win court..Again and Anne is just standing in the doorway looking smart "Aw..Poor Henry.." XD I. Loved. That.

    And and and I love the part when..I just loved it all…

    But I hated the execution part, her face how she looks so scared (well of course with good reason)

    It tore my heart in half…Also when she gets arrested…She was having such a good time with her daughter and everything was good and happy, then BAM she’s taken and they never see eachother again…

    I hate that.. But the movie needs it to be what it is..

    Alright, I’m done…For now

    Bwahahhahahahaha….*coughs and shuts up*

  22. Proxy13
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    Hey guys,

    I was just re-watching Anne of the Thousand Days, and at the end when she’s kneeling in the straw about to be beheaded, she looks at the swordsman, to which he says something in French and another man does something to distract her to make her look forward. I was trying to catch what he said, but I’m still learning it and it was too quick for me. Can anyone translate? I was just curious. Thanks ahead of time!

    ~Me

    • Kitty
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      “She looks at me…distract her!”

  23. Anonymous
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  24. liveforthemusic123
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    Hi!

    I am using this film in a research project on the portrayals of Anne Boleyn for a college history class. I was wondering if anyone knew a place where I can find the script or a transcript of the dialogue?

    Thanks in advance!

  25. Addj
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    Please, Vievy, please!

    I just got the amazing BECKET and Peter O’Toole talks with Mark Kermode, giving some fascinating insights. If only Genevieve, the only surviving lead star of THOUSAND DAYS, could do the same.

    “DAMMIT *PERINO’S* is *MY* PLACE!!!!!"

  26. tracietrim
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    Why did the one man give the executioner a coin before his execution?

    What did Anne wear near her waist that she was always holding and playing with? It looked like it was metal and on a chain.

    Thanks!

    • Kitty
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      You always paid the executioner for his services, after he asked your forgiveness for what he was about to do.

      Women wore decorative tablets, which could hold paintings, or tiny prayerbooks on a chain by their girdle (the old sense of the word).

      • Kitty
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        You’re welcome! : )

  27. HijodelCid
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    I read once–I wish I could remember where exactly–that the reign of HVIII was so brutal that, by the time it ended, all of the noble families of England and Wales–from squires to the peerage–had suffered the loss of at least one member to the scaffold. Is that true? How many dead are we talking about?

  28. Anonymous
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  32. HijodelCid
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    Exactly how many days are we talking about? When the Kennedy Presidency is described as the Thousand Days, it actually means, IIRC, 1.024 days.

  33. john-wheat
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    Who else liked Georges Delerue’s score to "Anne of the Thousand Days"?

    I loved it and I would like to see a soundtrack come out of the score.

    Does anybody else agree?

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