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The Lion in Winter
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In this movie you have all of the themes of familial dysfunction: the vitriol and wistfulness of an estranged couple, the frustrations of the "model" eldest child, the resentment of the neglected middle child, the eccentricities of the overindulged youngest child, a May-December affair triggered by a mid-life crisis, holiday depression, and it goes on and on. This movie is so adept at exploring these topics that it makes "American Beauty" (a good film in its own right) seem almost sophomoric.
What makes this movie stand out is the writing. There is no other movie this side of "The Godfather" that has contained such enjoyable dialogue and character development.Read more ›
Seriously, "The Lion in Winter" is my favorite movie of all time. This is a brilliant film adaptation of a brilliant play, and I cherish it as perhaps the most literate film ever made! The screenplay won a well deserved Oscar, for this movie soars on its dialogue. It is merciless, gut-wrenching, hysterical, powerful and wickedly intelligent entertainment. The verbal bloodbaths, the vicious head games, the intentional cruelty--never has a Christmas been so entertaining. Don't be put off by the pedigree of talent involved with this film. It is not a staid, dignified chamber piece, NO! It is all out family warfare. It is also bitterly funny and uncompromising to the end.
Katherine Hepburn gives her finest performance in an Oscar winning role, and not to overstate it--but I think its one of the greatest film performances ever. Really. Peter O'Toole is dynamic and engaging, and every member of the cast is in fine form.Read more ›
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Classic. Not an action movie, but keeps you thinking and engaged the whole time.Published 5 days ago by Steve
What is better than watching Katherine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole acting together in such a marvelous script that demands, and gets, their best efforts? Fabulous!Published 7 days ago by lit major
Thankyou So much for delivering this wonderful Fav movie of mine! Your products mailed safely!Published 20 days ago by Kimberley Barca
Brilliant performances by some of film and theatre's greatest talents.Published 1 month ago by Brendan
Great movie and it streamed well. Excellent picture and sound quality.Published 1 month ago by Movie Buff in LA