The Lion in Winter
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Katharine Hepburn delivers an amazing (Variety), OscarÂ(r)-winning* performance 'that must be seen to be believed (Boxoffice) in this dazzling (Los Angeles Times) all-star film that is not to be missed. Behind the great stone walls of an English castle, the world's most powerful empire is in crisis. Three sons struggle to win their father's favoras well as his crown. King Henry II (Peter O'toole) and his queen, Eleanor (Katharine Hepburn), engage ina battle of royal wits that pits elder son Richard (Anthony Hopkins) against his brothers, while the cunning King Philip of France (Timothy Dalton) takes advantage of the internal fracturing in his bid to destroy their kingdom. *1968: Actress
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Eleanor of Aquitaine has been locked up by her husband Henry for siding with his sons to overthrow him, and it's been years since she's been out.
Henry decides that he wants to celebrate Christmas with his whole family: Queen Eleanor, his mistress Alice, his 3 estranged sons, and his son Henry, who has been in his care since the attempted coup.
This is medieval family dysfunction at it's best!
Miss Hepburn started shooting this movie not long after the death of Spencer Tracey.
The motion picture is set in the very violent 12th Century and vividly portrays medieval times, when their were many wars and unstable royal family politics and political goings on.
Peter O'Toole, one of the finest actors ever, portrays King Henry II.
Katherine Hepburn won the academy award for her portrayal of his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine (interesting character married to two kings...worth reading about her life, but that is another review...)
Do not miss this one. It is worth watching just for the dialogue.
The ending scene is the only thing I can find fault with. it seems too staged and forced.
These characters are based upon actual people and their reputations based upon history, is represented well despite not being a historical drama.
Katherine Hepburn is wonderful, Peter O'Toole is amazing and Timothy Dalton was a surprise as Prince Philip.
Dania Beach, FL.