The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter

DVD - 2001
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O'Toole is King Henry of England who battles with his wife (Hepburn) over the succession to the throne. They each must choose between politics and personalities.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2001.
ISBN: 9780792849209
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 135 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Aug 24, 2017

It was a classic film, but the dialogue is almost impossible to keep up with, and it is not historically accurate.

Apr 22, 2017

Great movie CLASSIC// 420

Apr 18, 2016

Hello commenters. This was a film that was a very new experience to me. I needed to watch it a second time, to really understand it.

With my first viewing, I found the themes disturbing ( the myth of Henry II's affair with Alyss.) I also was unable to grasp the message behind the film, and was overall unsure of what to make of it. I knew though that it was not historically accurate; so overall in this viewing, I was not enjoying it.

After it was explained to me that this was a genre called a dark comedy ( a kind of film I have never viewed before ). I watched the film again and found myself laughing very much at what the characters said; especially Eleanor. I began to understand how all of the characters were hiding under veils, to hide their true intentions from the other people. I still needed to have some explanation throughout the film about what was going on, but for the most part, I had a much clearer understanding of it.

Apr 18, 2016

Ah, yes. My favourite dark comedy film. Why wouldn't it be comedy? It makes me laugh most of the way through the movie. Yes, there is drama and good acting too but it definitely is a comedy, albeit dark, very dark.

At first it was hard for me to push past the historical realities to enjoy this film. After watching the movie more than once, you start to forget the historical inaccuracies and enjoy it more; seeing all the subtle touches in acting and symbolism.

Simply watch it as a dark comedy, laughing most of the way through and you won't be confused as the boat men in the last scene of the movie.

Nov 17, 2014

Are you surprised that Katherine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole could make a masterpiece of a film? Well, I am not, and the proof is in "The Lion in Winter". I didn't know myself that royalty was so educated in the middle ages. Thus the dialogue of the script is eloquent and well mannered. The two will renew your faith that movies can take you out of yourself and transpose you to another era. I hope you enjoy the journey as much as my family.

Mar 28, 2014

This is one of the best, ever. That said, i don't like it as much as I used to. It's a tough movie to define - is it a historical farce, a drama, a comedy? More than anything, I think it's a chance for the screenwriter to throw one zinger after another at the audience - which is sort of like a sugary sweet dessert; i.e., it tastes great but too much is definitely too much. This was probably my 7th viewing in 20 years and I didn't finish it for the first time. Everyone's performance is outstanding - but no one really compares to Katherine Hepburn - one of the great performances - ever.

Jun 13, 2013

This 1968 historical drama features two of the biggest names in the film industry at that time, and the acting did not disappoint. However, I personally feel the story is probably more suited to be acted out on a stage.

Jun 07, 2013

Some of the best acting I have ever seen. Wow! Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn are jaw dropping. Great film.

Jan 01, 2013

A wonderful story and a great classic movie.

May 31, 2012

Another brilliant performance by Peter O'Toole at his lustiest (and sexiest), matched by a spirited Katharine Hepburn and a stellar supporting cast. One of the best films of the 1960s, fully deserving "classic" status.

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