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The Lion in winter

Author: Katharine HepburnPeter O'TooleAnthony HarveyJames GoldmanHaworth Productions.All authors
Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. : Embassy Home Video, ©1986.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This historical novel takes place in England at Christmas in the year 1183. The aging King Henry II must name a successor, and he summons his estranged wife, Queen Eleanor of Acquitaine, and their three surviving sons. It is less a family reunion than a state of convocation, since the king's major rival in love and politics is Eleanor. Henry has also invited 18 year old King Phillip of France, brother of his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Drama
Named Person: Henry, King of England; Eleanor, of Aquitaine Queen consort of Henry II King of England; Eleanor, of Aquitaine Queen consort of Henry II King of England; Henry, King of England
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Katharine Hepburn; Peter O'Toole; Anthony Harvey; James Goldman; Haworth Productions.; Embassy Home Video (Firm)
OCLC Number: 13076005
Notes: A videocassette recording of the 1968 motion picture released by Embassy Pictures.
Based upon the play by James Goldman.
Credits: Produced by Martin Poll ; Directed by Anthony Harvey ; Screenplay by James Goldman ; Music composed and conducted by John Barry.
Cast: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Merrow, John Castle, Timothy Dalton, Anthony Hopkins, Nigel Terry.
Description: 1 videocassette (134 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS format.
Responsibility: Haworth Productions, Ltd.
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This historical novel takes place in England at Christmas in the year 1183. The aging King Henry II must name a successor, and he summons his estranged wife, Queen Eleanor of Acquitaine, and their three surviving sons. It is less a family reunion than a state of convocation, since the king's major rival in love and politics is Eleanor. Henry has also invited 18 year old King Phillip of France, brother of his mistress, Princess Alais. THe interplay of these proud and powerful nobles is full of intrigue and danger.

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A must-see movie, though relatively little known outside historical drama circles. Hepburn won her second Best Actress Oscar for her amazing performance as Eleanor of Acquitaine. The Lion in Winter was O'Toole's second film playing the role of Henry II: here playing an older Henry in 1183, better known for playing young Henry II opposite Richard Burton in Becket (1170). The movie also offers an early look at Timothy Dalton (playing King Louis) before Bond and Anthony Hopkins (Prince Richard) before Hannibal Lecter. Many other supporting characters (notably John Castle and Nigel Terry, playing younger princes Geoffrey and John, respectively) went on to other roles in film or stage and will be known to viewers of PBS Masterpiece Theater and BBC America.

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