The Lion in Winter

Closed Capationed Starring: Peter O'Toole Director: Anthony Harvey  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1968
  • Label: Fox Searchlight
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Single Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1968 - Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn
Academy Awards 1968 - Best Adapted Screenplay: James Goldman
Academy Awards 1968 - Best Original Score: John Barry

Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 05/06/1994
"...It's more fun than ever seeing Peter O'Toole trading verbal venom with Katherine Hepburn..."
Total Film - 08/01/2000
"...[With] barbed dialogue, sharp characterisations and Machiavellian intrigues..."
Empire - 09/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he combination of James Goldman's sharp script and icily perfect performances from an obscenely talented cast make this a gripping historical thriller."

Product Description:

Set over Christmas of 1183, this classic royal costume dramas concerns Henry II's effort to choose a worthy successor. Powerful Henry II (Peter O'Toole) favors his youngest son John (Nigel Terry), while his strong-willed wife Eleanor (Katherine Hepburn) feels the honor should be bestowed upon eldest son Richard the Lionhearted (Anthony Hopkins, in his screen debut). This disagreement leads the family to a war of wills that will stress every bond of love, trust, and honor. This acclaimed adaptation of James Goldman's play was also the first film for Timothy Dalton. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Peter O'Toole. Academy Awards: 3, including Best (Adapted) Screenplay, Best Actress--Katharine Hepburn (shared with Barbra Streisand - "Funny Girl").

Plot Synopsis:

Adapted from the James Goldman play, the extraordinary story of the 12th century King of England, and first of the Plantagenets, Henry II and his love/hate, combative relationships with his imprisoned, estranged Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine and their three surviving sons, Richard (the Lionhearted), Geoffrey, and John (who was later, as king, forced to sign the Magna Carta). The entire story takes place during the Christmas season of 1183 at the Castle of Chinon, in Henry's 50th year. A decision on whom of the three princes is best suited capable to succeed him on the throne when he dies, and keep together his empire, becomes of prime importance, in an amazing and intriguing battle of wills, wit, and words between Henry and Eleanor.

Plot Keywords:

British | Classic | Medieval | Period Piece | Recommended | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Shot in Eastmancolor and Panavision.
  • Screen debuts for both Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins and British actor Timothy Dalton.

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 94,813
  • UPC: 027616858979
  • Shipping Weight: 0.19/lbs (approx)
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