Lion In WinterDirector: Anthony Harvey, Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Merrow
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Full of plots and schemes, this wordy costume drama, an Oscar winner from 1968, come to DVD with some fine results. While not without its faults, the 2.35:1 transfer, enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions, is surprising strong on all accounts. Specks of grain and occasional scratches don't interrupt this top-quality presentation, one that highlights the limited use of colors while, at the same time, gives equal balance between dark and earthy tones which comprise the majority of the surroundings. The muddy feel of the 12th century is captured almost flawlessly. The two-channel mono soundtrack in Dolby Digital isn't going to impress anyone, nor was it meant to. At times a certain amount of echo is present, and auditory detail isn't its strong point, but for the most part, there are few complaints as dialogue is clear enough. Considering this is a dialogue-driven film, that is sufficient. While not necessarily going out of its way, MGM has supplied a couple of supplements. The exceedingly dated theatrical trailer is included, but far more noteworthy is an audio commentary recorded in 2000 by director Anthony Harvey. In a typically reserved British manner, Harvey discusses a number of points about his involvement in the production, but, unfortunately, the track is marred by significant gaps. Still, his memories of more than 30 years earlier have relevance.
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Cast & Crew
|Peter O'Toole||Henry II|
|Katharine Hepburn||Eleanor Of Aquitaine|
|Jane Merrow||Princess Alais|
|John Castle||Prince Geoffrey|
|Timothy Dalton||Philip II of France|
|Anthony Hopkins||Prince Richard (Richard the Lionhearted)|
|Nigel Terry||Prince John|
|Nigel Stock||William Marshall|
|O.Z. Whitehead||Bishop of Durham|
|Kenneth Griffith||Strolling Player|
|Henry Woolf||Strolling Player|
|John Barry||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Margaret Furse||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Kip Gowans||Asst. Director|
|Simon Kaye||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Joseph E. Levine||Executive Producer|
|Gilbert Margerie||Art Director|
|Peter Murton||Art Director|
|Peter James||Set Decoration/Design|
0. Scene Selection
1. Logo/Main Title [2:56]
2. Unlike King Lear [:07]
3. Christmas Reunion [3:17]
4. 3 Kings, One Kingdom [4:12]
5. The "Boy" Of France [1:14]
6. Richard Gets All [6:22]
7. Geoffrey's Plan [2:55]
8. A Deal For Eleanor [5:06]
9. The Sudden Wedding [5:31]
10. "We Are The Killers!" [3:08]
11. King Philip's Bedroom [7:28]
12. "Ive Lost My Boys" [1:25]
13. Henry's Future Son [2:37]
14. Never Let Them Out [5:32]
15. The Family Dungeon [1:44]
16. 'Till Easter/Credits [6:56]
Audio Commentary By Director Anthony Harvey
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I recently watched the Hallmark remake of 'Lion in Winter' starring Patrick Stewart and Glen Close, and although they perform admirably, I found myself longing for the pace and passion of O'Toole and Hepburn. Try as it may, the Hallmark version appears pale and bloodless when compared to the original.
I first saw this movie completely by accident, flipping through channels. All of a sudden, Katharine Hepburn is standing in a boat and Peter O'Toole helps her get down. She smiles sweetly and says "How kind of you to let me out of jail." He responds "It's only for the holidays." With that exchange alone the movies had me hooked. Hepburn and O'Toole manage to trap the audience in this conflict, skillfully blending hatred and love, both feelings thrown about passionately. You know these two figures are larger than life, yet both actors give them human dimensions that move beyond the typical excesses of those in power. Anthony Hopkins is fantastic as Richard, brilliantly displaying his interpretation of another character that has captured the imagination of the world for almost a thousand years. It's a legendary film with legendary characters played by legendary actors.
One needs to watch this film many times to glean the richness of acting, music, dialogue, scenery and other factors contributing to a excellent film. All the actors are at their very best.
I saw this film as an extra credit assignment in English and I fell in love with it. It has fast witty dialouge, many surprising twists and truns in the plot and was beautifully acted. I went out and bought it right after watching it. EVERYONE should see this film. Hepburn won an Oscar for this role.
As a big Hepburn fan, this has to be my favorite of all-time film...she is riveting and spectacular, and O'Toole is fabulous as well...and the sets really look like 12th century England may have looked...highly recommend to everybody
If you love history and Katherine Hepburn as I do then this is the movie to buy. This is Hepburn at her best and Peter O'tool gives a stellar performance as well. 11th century English monarchy at its best and worst. Hepburn is witty, funny, and a tragic character as a deposed Queen of England. Young Timothy Dalton (007 fame)is handsome and treacherous as the King of France. You will enjoy this movie. It is truly one of the all-time classics. A definite must have in any movie buff collection.
A casual 1:00 AM flip of the remote introduced me the other night to The Lion in Winter. I have to say- it blew me away. The dialogue in this movie is unlike any I've ever heard. It absolutely crackles, and Hepburn's delivery makes one realize just what we've lost in the late, great Kate. Just watch it. If you don't mind a lot of talk, it can't fail to dazzle you.
Lion in Winter is a brillant film with something for everyone. Full of witty humor and historical insight.
A riveting movie which is based on a historical event. Peter O'toole & Katherine Hepburn are superb as England's King Henry II & his equally royal wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Their surrounding cast is outstanding; the script is literate, witty & alive in its use of the English language. The dialogue positively crackles as Henry & Eleaanor trade insults, curses & wistful remembrances. "Lion in Winter" is a film for the ages and one that should be in everyone's cinematic library.
"HA! What shall we hang ~~ the holly, or each other?" A riveting movie that is based on a historical event. Peter O'toole & Katherine Hepburn are superb as England's King Henry II & his equally royal wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Their surrounding cast is outstanding; the script is literate, witty & alive in its use of the English language. The dialogue positively crackles as Henry & Eleaanor trade insults, curses & wistful remembrances. "Lion in Winter" is a film for the ages and one that should be in everyone's cinematic library.
This is truly my favorite movie.. The verbal volley between Kate and Peter is some of the best.