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The Lion in Winter (1968)

Cast: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Merrow, more...
Director: Anthony Harvey
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, UK
Running Time: 135 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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The year is 1183. Like many a modern-day politician, Britain's King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) finds it occasionally useful to take his wife out of mothballs and parade her before the public. Henry's Queen Eleanor (Katharine Hepburn), long exiled to a faraway castle, is "invited" to join Henry and their three sons for a family reunion. In this way, Henry hopes to maintain a stronghold on his Empire and to prevent the balance of power from shifting to Eleanor or to one of his sons: Richard the Lion-Hearted (Anthony Hopkins in his movie debut), Prince Geoffrey (John Castle), or Prince John (Nigel Terry). Also on hand for the get-together is Henry's mistress Princess Alais (Jane Merrow) -- who covets the King's influence -- and the Princess' brother, King Philip of France (Timothy Dalton). Despite Henry's efforts to keep his wife and offspring at arms' length (and away from the throne), Eleanor successfully reunites the brood, assuring that her power will not only be restored, but will last long after her death. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary by Director Anthony Harvey
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

GreenCine Member Reviews

Oh puhleease! by Vkampmeier September 26, 2006 - 10:28 AM PDT
2 out of 7 members found this review helpful
After other reviews, I was really expecting something wonderful and I was so disappointed. Horribly stagey dialog, a strangely 60's feel more than a medieval one, and stilted acting. Katherine Hepburn was the best thing in it by far, but even loving her performance we couldn't make it past the 45 minute mark.

a mind like aristotle by PGalloway June 30, 2003 - 4:42 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
and a body like mortal sin; we shattered the commandments on the spot. Perhaps one of my favorite snippets out of a movie filled with delicious dialog, exquisite performances, and enough historical meat to it so as not to insult one's intellegence. I could give a brief history lesson here, but I won't, others do it better. I will say that the production values of the film version of this play are extrordinarily high, the speed and wit of the language remains unmarred by hollywood. Rent it and enjoy Peter O'Toole in one of his best performances, Hepburn giving a very nuanced performance, a young Anthony Hopkins (yes, that's him as Richard the Lionheart), and all the rest in a film you will probably never tire of: it has it all.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.50)
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