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- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 19, 2001
- Originally Released: 1968
- Label: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Peter O'Toole & Katharine Hepburn|
|Performer:||Jane Merrow, Timothy Dalton, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle, Nigel Stock & Nigel Terry|
|Directed by||Anthony Harvey|
|Edited by||John Bloom|
|Screenwriting by||James Goldman|
|Composition by||John Barry|
|Produced by||Martin Poll|
|Director of Photography:||Douglas Slocombe|
|Executive Production by||Joseph E. Levine|
Academy Awards 1968 - Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn
Academy Awards 1968 - Best Adapted Screenplay: James Goldman
Academy Awards 1968 - Best Original Score: John Barry
Director Anthony Harvey opened up Goldman's play into authentic spaces far from any proscenium, and remained faithful to an energetic drama propelled by its performances and dialogue. Full Review
A very confident dive by a young English film- maker into the deep water of big international production. Full Review
A classic from a bygone era, THE LION IN WINTER has got some years on it, but it can still roar when it counts. A literate epic that utilizes both pageantry and splendid language...
Los Angeles Times
An intense, fierce, personal drama put across by outstanding performances of Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn. Full Review
All that's ever mattered about The Lion in Winter are Hepburn and O'Toole, and the pleasure we take from watching two masters inspire each other to greatness. Scenery chewing has rarely been so artful. Full Review
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.
...[With] barbed dialogue, sharp characterisations and Machiavellian intrigues...
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").
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.
- Shot in Eastmancolor and Panavision.
- Screen debuts for both Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins and British actor Timothy Dalton.
- Sales Rank: 3,305
- UPC: 027616858979
- Shipping Weight: 0.19/lbs (approx)
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