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The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter, based on James Goldman's play (1966) about treachery in the family of England's King Henry II, is an intense, fierce, personal drama put across by outstanding performances of Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn. Director Anthony Harvey has done excellent work with a generally strong cast and a literate adaptation.

With:
Peter O'Toole Katharine Hepburn Jane Merrow John Castle Timothy Dalton Anthony Hopkins

The Lion in Winter, based on James Goldman’s play (1966) about treachery in the family of England’s King Henry II, is an intense, fierce, personal drama put across by outstanding performances of Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn. Director Anthony Harvey has done excellent work with a generally strong cast and a literate adaptation.

Title refers to the late period in the life of Henry II, when a decision on succession is deemed advisable. His exiled, embittered and imprisoned wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and three legitimate male offspring, are gathered, along with his mistress and her brother, youthful king Philip of France.

In one day, the seven characters are stripped bare of all inner torments, outward pretensions and governing personality traits.

Goldman has blended in his absorbing screenplay elements of love, hate, frustration, fulfillment, ambition and greed. O’Toole scores a bullseye as the king, while Hepburn’s performance is amazing.

1968: Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score.

Nominations: Best Picture, Director, Actor (Peter O’Toole), Costume Design

The Lion in Winter

UK

Production: Avco Embassy/Haworth. Director Anthony Harvey; Producer Martin Poll; Screenplay James Goldman; Camera Douglas Slocombe; Editor John Bloom; Music John Barry; Art Director Peter Murton

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 135 MIN.

With: Peter O'Toole Katharine Hepburn Jane Merrow John Castle Timothy Dalton Anthony Hopkins

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