YMMV: A Man for All Seasons

  • Harsher in Hindsight: Robert Bolt was arrested for his involvement with the Committee for Nuclear Disarmament a year after the play debuted. Like Sir Thomas, Bolt refused to be bound over and was sentenced to several weeks in jail. Unfortunately for Bolt, he was working on Lawrence of Arabia at the time, and producer Sam Spiegel browbeat him into recanting.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the 1966 film, the role of villianous Amoral Attorney Cromwell is played by Leo McKern who a few years later would become famous for his role of Rumpole of the Bailey, a dedicated defense barrister.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • In the 1966 film, Orson Welles as Cardinal Wolsey.
    • Vanessa Redgrave as Anne Bolyn.
    • King Henry is also roughly this, though admittedly his one scene is fairly long, followed by another cameo at his wedding to Anne Bolyn.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: That giving up your personal values makes you give up your individuality is an ever-relevant message, even if it comes off as a bit heavy-handed.
  • What an Idiot: The Duke of Norfolk is short a few little gray cells, mostly so that the audience can get some much-needed legal exposition.
    Cromwell: Oh, well done, Sir Thomas. I've been trying to make that clear to His Grace for some time!