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The Lion in Winter
Genre: Drama / History
Director(s): Anthony Harvey
Release Date: 01 January 1968
Movie rating: 8.1
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What is the movie The Lion in Winter about?
“The Lion in Winter” is a fictionalized historical drama about the lives of English King Henry II, his wife Eleanor and his sons Richard, John and Geoffrey, and all the surrounding intricacies of the court life in medieval England. It was directed by Anthony Harvey and written by James Goldman, adapted from his own Broadway play of the same name. The film boasts a star studded ensemble cast, including Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins as Richard the Lionheart in his big screen debut. The events of the film are set around the Christmas of 1183 at King Henry’s residence in Anjou. Henry (O’Toole) favors his youngest son John as his successor, while his estranged and imprisoned wife Eleanor (Hepburn) prefers their oldest son Richard. The two independently weave their webs of intrigue, but their sons also have plans of their own. The whole situation becomes a perfect mess of spurned lovers, numerous mistresses, arranged marriages and family ties, proving once again that anything goes when it comes to royalty. Disappointed with all three of his sons, King Henry locks them up and plans to have his marriage annulled so he could father new, better sons, but ultimately realizes that he cares too much for his offspring. In the end, the things go back to the same old status quo, proving to be much ado about nothing.
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Gina Papp @ 31-Aug-2014 20:07 Report a spam

O Toole, and Hepurn come off best in this excellently acted, if very talky movie. It verges close to comedy, noting the amount of wisecracks it contains. Still, the acting is so good that it makes this quite a stimulating if not wholly successful movie!

Medardo Rector @ 31-Aug-2014 20:06 Report a spam

To me this is the greatest film ever made. A masterful script with brilliant dialogue, grand award worthy performances, humor, passion, hate, love and tenderness. The film is a roller coaster of emotion. O'Toole and Hepburn are the greatest screen duo to ever grace a motion picture. John Castle is equally fine as the calculating Geoffrey as he vain plots to become King. Geoff is the most worthy of the sons and still the most neglected, Castle captures this flawlessly. Timothy Dalton, Anthony Hopknis and Nigel Terry also epitomize their roles of Philip, Richard and John to perfection. and Pretty Jane Marrow is a revelation as the King's mistress and chief pawn. This movie is about people not titles and gathering the Plant agents for a Christmas court where grievances are aired and plots are hatched should remind us all of our own family Christmases when no one got what they wanted.

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