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Patrick Stewart, Glenn Close. The strong-willed Queen Eleanor of Aquitane fights a battle of wills for England's future against King Henry II in this classic historical drama. 2003/color/167 min/NR/fullscreen.
Schemes and double-crosses abound in The Lion in Winter, the story of England's King Henry II (Patrick Stewart, Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men) as he manipulates (and is counter-manipulated) by his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine (Glenn Close, Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction), and their three ambitious sons, each of whom hopes to ascend to the throne. The ghost of the 1968 film version hangs over this 2003 miniseries; Stewart and Close can't match Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn in that classic. Nonetheless this new version is solid work, and though the witty dialogue verges into camp, the script's cunningly orchestrated machinations work like a charm, drawing the viewer in with every fiendish ploy and overturned expectation. Also featuring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (Velvet Goldmine, Bend It Like Beckham) as the King of France. --Bret Fetzer
Patrick steward, and Glenn Close will never take the place of Kate Hepburn or Peter O tool.Published 1 month ago by Janet Reid
This was really good. My problem is that the older version with Katheryn Hepburn was just SO GOOD I had trouble giving it a fair chance. Read morePublished 3 months ago by E.D.
I enjoyed this version, but it doesn't hold up as well as the older Katherine Hepburn version. It contains the same contention as the original. The performers do a great job. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lorna Collins
You see the picture of the cover? Well, that's not the one I got. I got the older version of The Lion In Winter. It was pretty good. I like Capt. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Smith
Have you seen the original, with Katharine Hepburn? See this "new" version! Amazingly, it's even better.Published 7 months ago by Silva