The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter (1968)

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  • Genre: Drama, History
  • Release Date: 1968-01-01
  • User Rating: 7.5/10 from 157 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 14min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: AVCO Embassy Pictures
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
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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, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; his mistress, Princess Alais, whom he wishes to marry; his three sons, gay Richard the Lionheart , Geoffrey, and John, all of whom desire the throne; and the young, but crafty King Philip II of France, who is also Alais' half-brother.

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  • Peter O'Toole

    as Henry II
  • Katharine Hepburn

    as Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Anthony Hopkins

    as Richard
  • John Castle

    as Geoffrey
  • Nigel Terry

    as John
  • Timothy Dalton

    as Philip II
  • Jane Merrow

    as Alais
  • Nigel Stock

    as William Marshall
  • O.Z. Whitehead

    as Bishop of Durham
  • Kenneth Ives

    as Queen Eleanor's Guard
  • Kenneth Griffith

    as Strolling Player
  • Henry Woolf

    as Strolling Player
  • Karol Hagar

    as Strolling Player
  • David Griffith

    as Strolling Player
Camera Douglas Slocombe Director of Photography
Editing Lesley Walker Assistant Editor
Sound John Barry Original Music Composer
Production Joseph E. Levine Executive Producer
Editing John Bloom Editor
Art Peter Murton Art Direction
Directing Anthony Harvey Director
Sound Gerry Humphreys ADR & Dubbing
Crew Simon Kaye Sound Recordist
Sound John Scott Music
Directing Kip Gowans Assistant Director
Writing James Goldman Screenplay
Writing James Goldman Theatre Play
Production Martin Poll Producer
Costume & Make-Up Margaret Furse Costume Design
Production Basil Appleby Production Manager
Production Víctor Merenda Production Manager
Costume & Make-Up Bill Lodge Makeup Artist
Production John Quested Production Supervisor
Camera Chic Waterson Camera Operator
Sound Chris Greenham Sound Editor
Production Paul Lee Lander Casting
Crew Garth Inns Special Effects
Costume & Make-Up Lee Poll Costume Design
Art Lee Poll Set Decoration
Production Jane C. Nusbaum Associate Producer
Costume & Make-Up A.G. Scott Hairstylist
Sound Robert Richards Orchestrator
Production Jim Brennan Unit Manager
Production René Brun Production Manager
Camera Michael Walter Key Grip