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The Lion in Winter [DVD][1968]

Peter O'Toole , Katharine Hepburn , Anthony Harvey    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle, Nigel Terry
  • Directors: Anthony Harvey
  • Writers: James Goldman
  • Producers: Jane C. Nusbaum, Joseph E. Levine, Martin Poll
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen, Mono
  • Language: English, Italian, Spanish, German
  • Subtitles: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZVER
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,150 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In this 12th-century version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Henry II of England (Peter O'Toole) and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katharine Hepburn), meet on Christmas Eve to discuss the future of the throne. These two are having slight marital problems, as she is kept in captivity most of the year for raising a rebellion against him, and he flaunts his young mistress. Then there are the problems raised by their three treacherous and traitorous sons. James Goldman won an Oscar for the brilliant screenplay, based on his Broadway play. It is a tad wordy, as the action is kept to a minimum, but those words are sharp as daggers. The humour is wicked and black and delivered with very dry, dead-on precision. Sparks fly and the screen sizzles whenever Hepburn and O'Toole tango, which is often. Both were nominated for Academy Awards for their vigorous performances. (She won, he didn't.) There is also an infamous homoerotic exchange between Philip of France (Timothy Dalton) and Richard the Lionhearted (Anthony Hopkins). Both actors were making their feature film debuts. --Rochelle O'Gorman,

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In the south of France, 1183, Henry II (Peter O'Toole) summons his family to a Christmas conference. His sons all have designs on his crown, whilst the presence of the King's mistress (Jane Merrow) adds spice to his exchanges with his wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katharine Hepburn). Hepburn won an Oscar for her performance, and the film also gained statuettes for Best Screenplay and Music.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate family Christmas movie 25 July 2008
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
No movie sums up Christmas or brings back so many memories of Christmases Past than The Lion in Winter. It's 1183 and Henry II's let his wife out of prison to decide the succession at Christmas court in Chinon: he favors John, she favors Richard and nobody cares for Geoffrey. Cue daggers, plots and reopened wounds as everyone tries to kill everyone else and nobody gets what they wanted for Christmas. Part costume drama, part Who's Afraid of Eleanor of Aquitaine? as these jungle creatures scratch and claw at each other's weak spots and almost certainly a lot closer to history as it was lived than as it is written thanks to a truly great screenplay by James Goldman (who stumbled across the plot while researching a play about Robin Hood that would later become the sadly underrated Robin and Marion) that's done justice by it's cast. Katherine Hepburn may have got the Oscar, but Peter O'Toole before the rot set in, reprising and bettering his role from Beckett, matches her tooth and claw, with Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Dalton and John Castle picking up a few tricks en route. The weak links are the reliably awful Nigel Terry's overstated John and Jane Merrow's Alais, a performance as flat as her singing voice, but as they are required to be simpletons and ciphers they don't get in the way. Terrific nasty fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LION IN WINTER - All time favourite 19 May 2011
THE LION IN WINTER - All time favourite

This is one of my all time favourite films. I was fortunate to be in NY in 1966 and was taken by friends to the Colonial Theatre to see the stage production of James Goldman's play starring the incomparable Robert Preston. I must admit that I was not terribly impressed with the play although Robert Preston's performance was marvellous.

The Lion in Winter is a fictional account set during Christmas 1183, at Henry 's court in France. Henry wants his favoured younger son John to inherit his throne, whilst Richard is suported in his claim by Queen Eleanor who has been temporarily released from captivity by the King, and the third brother Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany conspires with Philip of France and John to declare war against their father. In fact there was no Christmas court at Chinon in 1183 and there is no historical record confirming that Henry, Eleanor, their sons and Philip of France were ever gathered together at this time, and some characters such as Henry's mistress are a merging of more than one real life persons; but the events and issues are historically correct.

I had forgotten most of the plot by 1968 when the film version was released with screenplay by Goldman (who also wrote the screenplay for `Robin and Marion'), and starring Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn with a supporting cast that today reads like a Who's Who of the British theatre, and filmed in the UK, Ireland and France. This was in fact Peter O'Toole's second outing as Henry II having previously played the younger Henry in the film `Becket' opposite Richard Burton in 1964.
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This is an interesting take on the relationship of King Henry II of England and his wife and Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Based upon a stage play by James Goldman, who also wrote the screenplay for the film and won an Oscar for his efforts, it has the feel of theatre to it, rather than film.
Here, Henry and Eleanor are in their golden years. Henry is fifty and his wife, whom he has had imprisoned for the last ten years, is quite a number of years older. He brings her out of captivity for Christmas, and she joins him and their three sons, Richard, Geoffrey, and John.
Peter O'Toole gives a fine portrayal of the aging, but still robust and virile Henry, who is in a seeming quandary as he debates a burning issue. To whom of his three sons shall he leave his hard won kingdom? He professes to want to leave it to his youngest, John, as that is the son whom he claims to love the most. One has to wonder, however, what kingly qualities he sees in John, played as a pimply faced, sixteen year old fool by Nigel Terry, who does what he can with this unsympathetic role.
Eleanor, however, tartly played by the always glorious Katherine Hepburn, prefers her oldest, Richard, who is the son whom she has loved the most, though he, too, has his issues. Richard is played as a blood thirsty homosexual by a somewhat wooden Anthony Hopkins in his screen debut.
No one seems to love the middle son, Geoffrey, and he knows it, though he seems to be the one son whose behavior is the most within the bounds of what one might consider acceptable, as he is neither a killer nor a fool. He is merely unloved by his parents. John Castle gives a strong performance in this role.
Eleanore manipulates each of her three sons, as if they were pawns in a game of chess, in her quest for personal power.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not an everyday Christmas tale... 30 Jun 2004
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
'There'll be pork in the treetops come morning!'
Thus shouts Queen Eleanor of Acquitaine to King Henry II, in a shouting match that never ends during the course of the fabulous film. An inventive historical drama recounting the lives of several of medieval Europe's most colourful characters, I can scarce begin to list the number of lines that stand out from the banter.
'The Lion in Winter' has long been one of my favourite films. I never tire of watching it, and love to find opportunities to incorporate lines from the film into my own 'witty banter' as appropriate. Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn, in performances nearly unequalled by either in other works, provide the main action, while the very young actors Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton help fill out the cast in their debut roles (Nigel Terry, later to play King Arthur in 'Excalibur', also plays one of the king's sons). Done in period costume and set (the King emerging from his castle, not on a red carpet, but rather striding among the chickens scrambling to escape the regal steps), there is an air of realism to the visual production that is rarely achieved in more stately presentations of 'lofty' history. There are interesting asides, not the least of which is that King Henry seems make reference to being a bisexual -- a very daring thing in the 1960s, as well as the rumoured love affair between Richard (Richard the Lionhearted) and the King of France. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, it won three, including best screenplay -- no wonder so many delightfully witty, pithy lines come from this film.
The real history of Henry and Eleanor provides the backdrop here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just a superb production.
First watched it in 1969 and it is a great film. All the cast are excellent and O'Toole and Hepburn are tremendous as always. Nuff said.
Published 1 day ago by norman haines
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just bought this for my sister, she loves it
Published 5 days ago by Mrs Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film
highly watchable
Published 19 days ago by Jon K. Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lion In Winter
The best version by far!! Sit back and see Peter O'Toole at his best, with Katherine Hepburn as the wonderful Eleanor of Aquitaine!!
Published 1 month ago by Mel Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our finest Actors
Peter O'Toole one of our finest Actors, I saw this film when younger and it is certainly well worth seeing again, the power of O'Toole with the brilliant casting of Katherine... Read more
Published 3 months ago by I. Longhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Acting
What a brilliant pairing! The incomparable Katharine Hepburn is in her element as Henry II’s feisty, scheming wife. Peter O'Toole is despicable but somehow agreeable as Henry II. Read more
Published 7 months ago by dendodd
5.0 out of 5 stars What a performance!
This story I have watched as many times as I care to remember. On video, on TV and because I enjoy it so much, I got the dvd. Peter O'Toole is magnificent as Henry II. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sally T
4.0 out of 5 stars Still superb with remarkable performances from the main actors
This film was adapted from James Goldman's play that bears the same title. He also did the film's screenplay, with the film being directed by Anthony Harvey. Read more
Published 8 months ago by JPS
5.0 out of 5 stars The worst 5* film ever?
Richard is an aggressive paranoid, Geoffrey a scheming nonentity, John a slack-jawed, shambling idiot. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr M.R.Watkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb historical drama
A right Royal family quarrel if ever there was one, over Christmas in the court of Henry II, played by Peter O'Toole. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Helen Wingate
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