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.
Fusion Video, 100 Fusion Way, Country Club Hills, IL 60478, URL: http://www.coldfusionvideo.com
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 134 minutes.
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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