The Private Life of Henry VIII.

Synopsis: This movie tells the story of King Henry VIII and the last five of his six wives. Set almost entirely within the royal castle, it begins just before the death of his second wife (Anne Boleyn) and ends just after his sixth wedding (to Catherine or Katherine Parr).
Director(s): Alexander Korda
Production: Criterion Collection
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

- Katherine Howard.

If it please Your Majesty.

It does, Katherine!

It does.

[Crowd Chattering]

- What's that noise?

- The crowd, madam.

Just like my wedding day.

[Rhythmic Tapping]

Cromwell, if England were as rich as Portugal

or as big as Spain, you might be right.

But this little island of three million souls

is no match for all Europe.

- All Europe?

- Yes!

If those French and Germans

stop cutting each other's throats,

what's to stop them cutting ours?

A wise diplomacy, sire.


Diplomacy, me foot!

I'm an Englishman.

I can't say one thing and mean another.

What I can do is to build ships,

ships and then more ships.

- You mean, double the fleet?

- Triple it!

Fortify Dover.

Rule the sea.

To do this will cost us money, sire.

To leave it undone

will cost us England.

- [Murmuring]

- [Bell OPealing]

Thomas Culpeper!

Will you see

what's become of the queen?

A gun will be fired

from the tower, Your Majesty.

Yes! I did not mean...

Will you see

if the Lady Jane is ready?

- And now the headdress, madam.

- Oh, yes.

Now, which one shall I wear?

The velvet coif or the pearl chaplet?

- Oh, the chaplet. Wear the chaplet.

- [All Chattering]


The king wishes to know

whether you are ready, madam.

Oh, but I don't know

whether to wear the pearls or the...

Oh, of course.

I'll ask the king.

[Henry] With a strong port in Dover

and a strong fleet in the channel...

we can laugh in their faces.

But it's the moneyl The moneyl

We must have the...


Softly, sweetheart.

We have affairs of state here.

Oh, but, darling...

this is really important.

Henry. Henry, which one

shall I wear?

My Lord Archbishop,

will you await us in the chapel?


You haven't said a word

about my wedding dress.

Don't you love it?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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