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The Lion in Winter (1968)

 -  Drama | History  -  30 October 1968 (USA)
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1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.

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Queen Eleanor's Guard
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Lady in Waiting
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Lady in Waiting
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Strolling Player
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Christmas 1183--an aging and conniving King Henry II plans a reunion where he hopes to name his successor. He summons the following people for the holiday: his scheming but imprisoned wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; his mistress, Princess Alais, whom he wishes to marry; his three sons (Richard, Geoffrey, and John), all of whom desire the throne; and the young but crafty King Philip of France (who is also Alais' brother). With the fate of Henry's empire at stake, everybody engages in their own brand of deception and treachery to stake their claim. Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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El león en invierno  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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One of four films which tied with another for the same acting Oscar. The others are Funny Girl (1968) (Barbra Streisand who tied with Katharine Hepburn) and The Champ (1931) (Wallace Beery) which tied with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) (Fredric March). See more »

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Richard shouts passionately at Henry II that "You had four sons". Henry II actually had five: William, Geoffrey, Richard, Henry and John. See more »

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[first lines]
Henry II: Come for me!
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The great film critic, Pauline Kael, chastised Hepburn in this film version of James Goldman's historical cat fight for exploiting the audience's emotional connection to her; for playing on her frailty. Further proof, that artistry is in the eye of the beholder. Ironically, years later, Hepburn, according to biographer Scott Berg, would criticize Meryl Streep for being too mannered. Of course, neither are the worse for the wear. Hepburn actually emerges triumphant in her portrayal of Eleonor of Acquitane and not least of which because we know the woman behind the artist; and know her to be a royal survivor in her own right.

Other criticism that has dogged this work is that James Goldman's dark satire is muddied by the layer of emotion and even sentiment that the movie develops. But as with the film version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the enhanced emotional core of the story is a strong plus. To this end John Barry's forceful score lends great credibility as does Anthony Harvey's non stop strategic direction. Casting this powerful, writing this intelligent in the hands of a smart director makes this Lion unsurpassable to a stage production and certainly the unfortunate recent remake.


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