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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 »
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(229 articles)
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Possibly the best dialogue ever written for a film... ever. See more (162 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
Cleo Nethersole .... drapesmaster (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)
 
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)
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
 
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 | 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:
The original Broadway stage production written by James Goldman opened at the Ambassador Theatre in New York on March 3, 1966 and ran for 92 performances. The cast included Rosemary Harris as Eleanor of Aquitaine, Robert Preston as Henry II, and Christopher Walken as King Philip of France. Rosemary Harris won the 1966 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama. A 1999 revival starred Stockard Channing as Eleanor and Laurence Fishburne as Henry II.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Just after Henry II finishes the sword fight with Prince John, a modern white house appears momentarily on the hill behind him.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Henry II:Come for me!
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61 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Possibly the best dialogue ever written for a film... ever., 11 July 2000
Author: A-Ron-2 from Storrs, CT

I love this film. I love this film. I am not sure that I can say that phrase enough when describing this movie. Lion in Winter is quite simply one of the strangest and most beautiful movies that I have ever seen. It is some wierd amalgam of a 'home for the hollidays' type family drama, and Machiavellian political intrigue.

The essential plot is that it is 1183 and Henry II must declare his successor to the Plantagenet throne. He invites his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine (played by Katherine Hepburn), who is in exile, and his sons to along with king of France, to Christmas dinner. Over the course of the evening truths are told and arguments are had, the film rolls over all of the conventions of the many genres that it plays with and turns them into something new and beautiful.

The film could have been written by Machiavelli himself, and often smacks of the Mandragola. The film demonstrates family disfunction within a very interesting, medieval paradigm. While the film is about issues such as family, loyalty and love, ultimately is most gratifying as a vehicle for O'Toole and Hepburn to chew the scenery and dig into a few truly juicy roles.

It is fantastic film that any lover of dialogue driven drama-comedy should rent and watch over and over again.

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