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The Lion In Winter [DVD] 
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Historical drama starring Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close. In 1183, after the death of his eldest son, King Henry II (Stewart) must decide which of his three remaining sons will succeed him. As the time for him to announce his successor approaches, Henry frees his imprisoned wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine (Close), who he held captive after she plotted to overthrow him. It soon becomes clear, however, that Eleanor favours first child Richard (Andrew Howard), while Henry sees his youngest, John (Rafe Spall), as the next in line but, in the weeks ahead, the King begins to have serious doubts if any of his sons are capable of becoming the new ruler.
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Why is it now being called "Lionheart"? Where are the battle scenes? And why does it clearly state on the cover that "Run time 257 mins approx" when the film only lasts 75 minutes? That's VERY "approx"!
Has there been some mistake in production or is this a direct con?
It box makes it look like it's a new action film about Richard the Lionheart but the film is about Henry II and his relationship with Eleanor of Aquitaine and his children (the Devil's Brood) and is based on a 1966 play so there is little action. Although a young Prince Richard does feature in the movie he is a minor character and far away from his Lionheart title. If you haven't seen the movie you may like it but it is poor compared to the original (which is a fantastic movie) but if you have had the misfortune the see this remake don't be tricked into buying it again under a new title.
I have to say though that it's not a patch on the original, despite following the identical script. Stewart's and Close's acting is disappointingly wooden; this version lacks the verve and heart of the original.
It was always going to be a tough order to follow O'Toole and Hepburn (as well as their strong supporting cast that included Timothy Dalton and Anthony Hopkins) but, to be honest, I expected better from this remake.
For those who have never seen any version of this film I would strongly advise you to buy the original. To those who have seen the original I would sadly advise you to not waste your hard-earned money on this version.
2 stars for a half-hearted effort, which is what it seemed like.
The biggest problem is that all these people have all too obviously seen the 1968 movie and fail to make the parts their own. Patrick Stewart fares best, but he lacks Peter O'Toole's delivery or comic timing although, to his credit, he doesn't try an impersonation. Unwisely, Glenn Close DOES slip into the odd spot of mimicry of Hepburn inbetween the odd half-hearted bout of Norma Desmond, but she makes surprisingly little impact until the second half of the game.Read more ›
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.
The 1968 film with Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn is one of my all time favourite movies and it was with some reserve that I purchased this made for TV remake, mostly because I am a great fan of Patrick Stewart who is one of Britain's finest actors.
I was disappointed, both Stewart and Glenn Close are fine actors and gave good performances but the special magic of the 1968 version was missing and I found the production somewhat lacklustre.
I believe that it is almost always a mistake to attempt a remake of a classic film, which is what the 1968 version has become, even using the best of actors.
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First thing the front cover is very miss leading destined to conquer the world I don't think so the only thing this is destined for is the bin or charity shop this has been... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Valerie Gail bartlett
Everything on the box is a lie. No battles. It wasn't made in 2012 and it is not about Richard the Lionheart. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Benoir
Absolutely dreadful quality recording, I can only imagine that it was filmed in glorious low definition. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer