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The Lion in Winter


Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle View All


Anthony Harvey (Director), James Goldman (Screenplay) View All

Release: Jan. 1st, 1968
Runtime: 2 hours, 14 minutes
1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. An aging and conniving King Henry II of England and Ireland plans a reunion where he hopes to name his successor. He summons the following people for the holiday at his chateau and primary residence in Chinon, Anjou, within the Angevin Empire of medieval France: his scheming but imprisoned wife...
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Synopsis: In Britain in the year 1183, King Henry II is an elderly King with three sons, all who want to inherit his throne.
It is 1183 AD as the viewer is boldly introduced to the primary players on this cinematic chessboard: King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) is the conflicted monarch trying to decide which of his three sons will inherit the crown; Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katharine Hepburn) is the queen in name only who is k....