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The Lion in Winter -- The most royal of the cycle of '60s films dealing with the history and castle intrigues of medieval England, Anthony Harvey's THE LION IN WINTER returns in a new 4K restoration by Studiocanal. At Christmas Court in 1183 King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) argues with his estranged wife, Eleanor (Katharine Hepburn), over whether Prince John (Nigel Terry) or Richard (Anthony Hopkins in his film debut) shall inherit the throne. Complicating matters, King Philip II of France (Timothy Dalton, also his debut) seeks his own fortune by demanding his sister Alais (Jane Merrow), currently Henry's mistress, be betrothed to Richard, all the while stirring insurrection among all of Henry's sons toward their father.
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Director:
Writers:
James Goldman (screenplay)
James Goldman (play)
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Release Date:
30 October 1968 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The most significant reserved seat attraction of the year!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
the lion is king of the jungle, and of England See more (175 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter O'Toole ... Henry II

Katharine Hepburn ... Eleanor of Aquitaine

Anthony Hopkins ... Richard

John Castle ... Geoffrey

Nigel Terry ... John

Timothy Dalton ... Philip II

Jane Merrow ... Alais

Nigel Stock ... William Marshal
Kenneth Ives ... Queen Eleanor's Guard

O.Z. Whitehead ... Bishop of Durham
Fran Stafford ... Lady in Waiting
Ella More ... Lady in Waiting
Kenneth Griffith ... Strolling Player
Henry Woolf ... Strolling Player
Karol Hagar ... Strolling Player
David Griffith ... Strolling Player (as Mark Griffith)

Directed by
Anthony Harvey 
 
Writing credits
James Goldman (screenplay)

James Goldman (play "The Lion in Winter")

Produced by
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer
Jane C. Nusbaum .... associate producer
Martin Poll .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Bloom 
 
Casting by
Paul Lee Lander (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Peter Murton 
Lee Poll (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Lee Poll (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Margaret Furse 
Lee Poll (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Bill Lodge .... makeup artist
A.G. Scott .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Basil Appleby .... production manager
Jim Brennan .... unit manager
René Brun .... production manager: French
Víctor Merenda .... production manager: French
John Quested .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Burgess .... second assistant director
Kip Gowans .... assistant director
Patrick O'Brien .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Ted Clements .... assistant art director
Peter James .... set dresser
Gilbert Margerie .... art director: French
Gus Walker .... construction manager
George Ball .... props (uncredited)
Peter Melrose .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Cleo Nethersole .... drapesmaster (uncredited)
Cliff Robinson .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Alan Roderick-Jones .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Chris Greenham .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer (as Gerry Humphries)
Simon Kaye .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Wally Armitage .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Browne .... chief electrician (as Michael Brown)
Robin Vidgeon .... camera assistant
Michael Walter .... grip
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
Keith Blake .... clapper loader (uncredited)
David Pearce .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Baker .... wardrobe
Vi Murray .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Lesley Walker .... assistant editor
Roger Spottiswoode .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Sidney Margo .... music contractor (uncredited)
Robert Richards .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Scott .... musician: flute (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Emanuel Azenberg .... play produced on Broadway in association with
Pamela Carlton .... continuity
Walter Hyman .... play produced on Broadway by (as Walter A. Hyman)
Alan King .... play produced on Broadway by
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
Jilda Smith .... production secretary
Eugene V. Wolsk .... play produced on Broadway by
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
134 min | UK:137 min (70 mm version)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (tv rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2003) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1998) (2000) | USA:PG | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
To the company's amazement, Katharine Hepburn swam twice a day in the frigid winter sea in Ireland, early in the morning and during her lunch break. When Peter O'Toole asked her why she did it, she explained, "It's the shock -so horrible that it makes you feel great afterwards."See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: John was renown for having flaming red hair, yet Nigel Terry has brown.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Henry II:Come for me!
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30 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
the lion is king of the jungle, and of England, 27 December 2005
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

Katharine Hepburn won her third Oscar for "The Lion in Winter", playing brassy queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her role is sort of an interesting counterbalance to Peter O'Toole, as King Henry II. That is, she's elderly and he's young. Maybe it was an allusion to the growing generation gap in the world at the time.

But anyway, this is what epic tales of royalty are supposed to be. It shows Henry's conflicts in wondering who will succeed him. Never dragging, the movie truly gives one the feeling of being with these people and understanding their lives. One of the most interesting scenes - in my opinion at least - is when Eleanor says something about sex. I usually wouldn't expect someone of Katharine Hepburn's generation mention sex in a movie. But she does a great job here (well duh). Also starring are a very young Anthony Hopkins and an even younger Timothy Dalton. All in all, "The Lion in Winter" is a perfect movie in every way, and affirmed 1968 as one of the best movie years ever, with "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Funny Girl", "The Odd Couple", "The Planet of the Apes", "Romeo and Juliet", "Candy", "The Night of the Living Dead" and "Bullitt".

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