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The Lion in Winter Details

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The year is 1183. Like many a modern-day politician, Britain's King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) finds it occasionally useful to take his wife out of mothballs and parade her before the public. Henry's Queen Eleanor (Katharine Hepburn), long exiled to a faraway castle, is "invited" to join Henry and their three sons for a family reunion. In this way, Henry hopes to maintain a stronghold on his Empire and to prevent the balance of power from shifting to Eleanor or to one of his sons: Richard the Lion-Hearted (Anthony Hopkins in his movie debut), Prince Geoffrey (John Castle), or Prince John (Nigel Terry). Also on hand for the get-together is Henry's mistress Princess Alais (Jane Merrow) -- who covets the King's influence -- and the Princess' brother, King Philip of France (Timothy Dalton). Despite Henry's efforts to keep his wife and offspring at arms' length (and away from the throne), Eleanor successfully reunites the brood, assuring that her power will not only be restored, but will last long after her death. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 30, 1968

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jane Merrow Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Margaret Furse Best Costume Design 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Martin Poll Best Picture 1968 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Katharine Hepburn Best Actress 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Katharine Hepburn Best Actress 1968 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Katharine Hepburn Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1968 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Peter O'Toole Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter O'Toole Best Actor 1968 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Barry Anthony Asquith Award 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Barry Best Original Score 1968 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Barry Best Original Score 1968 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Anthony Harvey Best Director 1968 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Anthony Harvey Best Director 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anthony Harvey Best Director 1968 Nominee

Cast

Peter O'Toole
as Henry II
Katharine Hepburn
as Eleanor Of Aquitaine
Jane Merrow
as Princess Alais
John Castle
as Prince Geoffrey
Timothy Dalton
as Philip II of France
Anthony Hopkins
as Prince Richard (Richard the Lionhearted)
Nigel Stock
as William Marshall
Nigel Terry
as Prince John
Kenneth Griffith
as Strolling Player
Henry Woolf
as Strolling Player
Kenneth Griffith
as Strolling Player
Henry Woolf
as Strolling Player

Crew

Anthony Harvey
Director
Martin Poll
Producer
Douglas Slocombe
Cinematographer
John Barry
Musical Direction/Supervision
John Barry
Composer (Music Score)
John Bloom
Editor
Peter Murton
Art Director
Gilbert Margerie
Art Director
Margaret Furse
Costume Designer
Simon Kaye
Sound/Sound Designer
Kip Gowans
First Assistant Director
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