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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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More TRUE than a factual documentary could accomplish 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)
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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
 
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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:
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/I) (Wallace Beery) which tied with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) (Fredric March).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Christmas trees were an obscure German tradition, unknown to the English until its introduction by Queen Victoria's husband over 700 years later. Furthermore, even the concept of decorating with glass balls was even unknown to the Germans until long after this era.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Henry II:Come for me!
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73 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
More TRUE than a factual documentary could accomplish, 7 December 2002

It's been eight years since I first saw this movie, and it is still my personal live-action gold standard (Lilo & Stitch being my animated film gold-standard). It combines drama, tragedy, razor-sharp comedy, great performances, and the best dialogue that has ever been spoken on film, period.

I found this movie quite by accident--I was a sixteen-year-old with a Katharine Hepburn fixation. She mesmerized me; I wanted to BE her--smart, beautiful, sexy, and unwilling and unable to take anything off of anybody (except for Spencer Tracy, but that's another story). Honestly, I had no idea that there really had been such a person as Eleanor until I saw this movie. After watching my heroine portray her, I was determined to find out, though...so I have Katharine Hepburn to thank for my discovery of a new personal hero, and for my passion for medieval history.

It is true that this movie is not 100% factually accurate, not only because movie making dictates tinkering with history to create an interesting film, but also because, unfortunately, not too much is known about Eleanor herself. In the middle ages, women, even powerful, intriguing women like Eleanor, were not considered "important" enough to merit full biographical treatment. Most of Eleanor's history is recorded in the context of her sons and husbands. A good deal of this history was written by her detractors--people who disliked or disapproved of her for one reason or another. The simple explanation is that they felt that as a woman, she overstepped the bounds of what was considered "acceptable behavior" for a woman of the period.

That being said, this movie is 100% spiritually accurate. It perfectly captures the intrigue, the complexity of emotions and relationships, and tone of the age and the situation at hand. Though the sharp and witty dialogue is often considered a historical anachronism, this is not strictly true. Contrary to popular belief, people WERE educated in the middle ages, even women, if they were fortunate enough to be brought up in noble households, as Eleanor was. She was a brilliant woman, raised in a household where poetry and intelligent conversation were staples (her grandfather, after all, was one of the first troubadours). Henry was an intellectual powerhouse as well--he was a voracious reader who was often caught reading in church instead of paying attention to the sermons! It is unthinkable that these two minds would have produced stupid children, and the notion that the entire family should have only spoken in grunts and simple phrases is equally ludicrous.

Though not historically accurate, as other reviewers have noted, the strength of this movie lies in it's perfect portrayal of some of the most fascinating and complex personalities in recorded history. Henry, Eleanor, Richard, et al., make today's political and royal figures seem like low-rent bumbling hucksters.

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