The Lion in Winter Movie Review 1968

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Medieval monarch Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, match wits over the succession to the English throne and much else in this fast-paced film version of James Goldman's play. The family, including three grown sons, and visiting royalty are united for the Christmas holidays fraught with tension, rapidly shifting allegiances, and layers of psychological manipulation. Superb dialogue and perfectly realized characterizations. O'Toole and Hepburn are triumphant. Screen debuts for Hopkins and Dalton. Shot on location, this literate costume drama surprised the experts with its boxoffice success.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 134 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Marriage, Great Britain, Medieval Romps, Adapted from a Play, Royalty, British, War Between the Sexes, Family Ties, Christmas, 4 Bones
James Goldman
Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Merrow, Nigel Terry, Timothy Dalton, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle, Nigel Stock
Anthony Harvey
John Barry
Avco Embassy


Oscars 1968: Actress (Hepburn), Adapt. Screenplay, Orig. Score; Directors Guild 1968: Director (Harvey); Golden Globes 1969: Actor--Drama (O'Toole), Film--Drama; N.Y. Film Critics 1968: Film.

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