The Lion in Winter
The Lion in Winter (1968)

In this historical comedy/drama, Britain's King Henry II occasionally parades his neglected wife before the public. Henry's Queen Elinor, long exiled to a faraway castle, is "invited" to join Henry and their three sons for… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 19, 2001
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sharper and wittier than your average period piece, The Lion in Winter is a tale of palace intrigue bolstered by fantastic performances from Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, and Anthony Hopkins in his big-screen debut.

TIME Magazine

Henry and Eleanor are reduced to a TV-sized version of the sovereigns next door, their epic struggle shrunk to sitcom squabbles.

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Mark Bourne

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.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

While the script and the performances are simply dazzling, it is notable, too, for the screen debuts of Timothy Dalton and a combustible Anthony Hopkins.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

James Goldman's screenplay, so chic and sophisticated to the ears of suburbanites, is chock-full of the worst kind of sophomoric fiddling with what Goldman takes to be genuine highfalutin lingo.

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Rod McShane
Time Out

Harvey's direction is intelligent enough, though the reduction of power struggles to fits of personal pique -- where the fate of nations hangs in the balance -- becomes a little irritating. Enjoyable for its two lead performances, however.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

O'Toole holds his own with the magnificent Hepburn in a witty, literate, and inventive script.

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Variety Staff

An intense, fierce, personal drama put across by outstanding performances of Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

...outdoorsy and fun, full of the kind of plotting and action people used to go to just plain movies for.

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A must-see.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
wonderful war of words among masters.
Kevin M. Williams
The old king (O'Toole) must choose an heir thus beginning this chess game of plots and counter- plots between the family members involved. Included are… More
Jim Hunter
King Henry II invites his estranged wife and three children to celebrate Christmas with his mistress, and the three sons vie for the throne. Only slightly… More
paul sandberg
The Lion In Winter takes place in 1183 during the reign of Henry II (grandson of William The Conqueror), King of England. The film focuses on the political… More
Matthew Slaven
Riveting. Dialogue of razor-sharp wit, layers of motives and intimate revalations, and captivating performances. Can't find a modern movie with dialogue… More
Aj V
This is a great historical movie and it has a great cast, Hepburn and O'Toole are great. The only problem I had with this movie was that it was too talky,… More

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