If you can’t find the time to watch my all-time favorite film, here it is, reduced to 3 minutes.
There is one subtle flaw that Robert Bolt wrote into Thomas More’s character that was not in the actual man and saint. Bolt’s More protests that the king is acting contrary to God’s law, yet he indicates (to Norfolk after resigning his office, and later at the end of his trial) that at his core he has refused to bend because this is what he, Thomas More, believes. The real St. Thomas More did not suffer and die for believing in the supremacy of the individual in all things but because he believed he must be faithful to Jesus Christ and His teachings. Like I said, it’s a subtle flaw that many overlook. This Best Picture winning film remains so inspiring because so much true saintliness comes through.