The Lion In Winter

  • 1968
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Historical

O'Toole, the all-powerful Henry II, summons his politically ambitious family to a reunion in 1183. This includes his wife, Hepburn, whom he has kept in a remote castle to keep her from meddling with his empire. His three sons--all coveting his wide kingdom--Castle, Terry, and Hopkins are also present, along with O'Toole's mistress Merrow and her brother...read more

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O'Toole, the all-powerful Henry II, summons his politically ambitious family to a reunion in 1183. This includes his wife, Hepburn, whom he has kept in a remote castle to keep her from meddling with his empire. His three sons--all coveting his wide kingdom--Castle, Terry, and Hopkins are

also present, along with O'Toole's mistress Merrow and her brother Dalton, playing King Philip of France. The members of this tempestuous family jockey for position and brutally squabble among each other, rekindling every injury suffered and adding new, Homeric insults to their already bruised

reputations.

Hepburn is simply wonderful as the scheming and shrewd Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her verbal duels with the equally impressive O'Toole (here playing a man of 50 behind a beard and heavy makeup) are spellbinding. Hepburn won her third Oscar for this superlative performance, becoming the first actress in

history to do so (her previous Oscars were for MORNING GLORY and GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER). O'Toole holds his own with the magnificent Hepburn in a witty, literate, and inventive script. The claim that costume dramas are never successful was mightily disproved by this film, which enjoyed a

booming box-office business and the wide respect of the public. Shot on location in Ireland, Wales, and France.

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