7.2/10
1,831
37 user 2 critic

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.

Director:

(as Andrei Konchalovsky)

Writers:

(play), (teleplay)
Reviews
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

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.

Director: Anthony Harvey
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins
Moby Dick (TV Mini-Series 1998)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Stars: Glenn Close, Judy Davis, Jan Rubes
Albert Nobbs (2011)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th-century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most elegant hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.

Director: Rodrigo García
Stars: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Becket (1964)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's.

Director: Peter Glenville
Stars: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud
The Governess (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When the father of privileged Rosina da Silva violently dies, she decides to pass herself off as a gentile and finds employment with a family in faraway Scotland. Soon she and the family ... See full summary »

Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Stars: Minnie Driver, Tom Wilkinson, Florence Hoath
In the Gloaming (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.

Director: Christopher Reeve
Stars: Glenn Close, Bridget Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg
Blunt Talk (TV Series 2015)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A British newscaster moves to Los Angeles with his alcoholic manservant and the baggage of several failed marriages to host a sanctimonious talk show.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough, Timm Sharp
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Richard
Antal Konrád ...
Toastmaster
...
Soma Marko ...
...
...
...
...
Clive Wood ...
William Marshall
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A fearsome father. A scheming mother. Three sons battling for attention. (DVD) See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Leão no Inverno  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

Eleanor refers to syphilis in one of her speeches, an impossibility in 1183 England. Syphilis was not named such until 1530 by Hieronymus Fracastorius. Regardless of whether Europe even had the disease prior to 1200, it could not have been known by that name to the Queen. See more »

Quotes

John: He has a knife, a knife!
Eleanor of Aquitaine: Of course he has a knife! I have a knife. We all have knives. It's 1183 and we're all barbarians!
See more »

Connections

Featured in 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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'.


16 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?