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The Lion in Winter (2003)

King Henry II meets with Eleanor of Aquitaine at Christmastide 1183 to choose one of his sons as his successor.

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King Henry II (Patrick Stewart) keeps his wife, Eleanor (Glenn Close) locked away in the towers because of her frequent attempts to overthrow him. With Eleanor out of the way he can have his dalliances with his young mistress (Yuliya Vysotskaya). Needless to say the queen is not pleased, although she still has affection for the king. Working through her sons, she plots the king's demise and the rise of her second and preferred son, Richard (Andrew Howard), to the throne. The youngest son, John (Rafe Spall), an overweight buffoon and the only son holding his father's affection is the king's choice after the death of his first son, young Henry. But John is also overly eager for power and is willing to plot his father's demise with middle brother, Geoffrey (John Light) and the young king of France, Phillip (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Geoffrey, of course sees his younger brother's weakness and sees that route as his path to power. Obviously political and court intrigue ensues. Written by Anonymous

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All of Britain and half of France were his kingdom. But there was one thing Henry II would never control . . . His Family. (DVD) See more »

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23 May 2004 (USA)  »

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O Leão no Inverno  »

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Patrick Stewart also played Henry's son, Richard the Lionheart, in Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). See more »

Goofs

Henry breaks the ice on his water basin in order to wash, but the room is warm enough that no one's breath frosts the air. See more »

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Geoffrey: I know.
Geoffrey: You know I know.
Geoffrey: I know you know I know.
Geoffrey: We know Henry knows, and Henry knows we know it.
Geoffrey: We're a knowledgeable family.
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Featured in The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005) See more »

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Breath of fresh air
23 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a fine movie. 'The Lion in Winter' captures the emotions, and intentions, of these historical personages. More than perfect staging, or props, it's the impression you receive from the movie that matters most. This is accomplished, because of the superb acting of the entire cast. Andrew Howard, who plays Richard, was fantastic, and Glenn Close demonstrated, once again, that she is one of the best actresses on the planet. Patrick Stewart, in particular, shines. This might be his best performance, yet. 'The Lion in Winter', gives us a glimpse into the troubles lives of royalty; indeed, it shows us how we humans behave in given circumstances. How frail, and how prone to treachery, we truly are. I cast a confident '9'.


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