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The Lion in Winter Overview:

The Lion in Winter (1968) was a Drama - Historical Film directed by Anthony Harvey and produced by Joseph E. Levine, Martin Poll and Jane C. Nusbaum.

The film was based on the play of the same name written by James Goldman performed at the Ambassador Theatre, NY from Mar 3, 1966 - May 21, 1966.

Academy Awards 1968 --- Ceremony Number 41 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorPeter O'TooleNominated
Best ActressKatharine HepburnWon
Best Costume DesignMargaret FurseNominated
Best DirectorAnthony HarveyNominated
Best Music - ScoringJohn BarryWon
Best PictureMartin Poll, ProducerNominated
Best WritingJames GoldmanWon
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BlogHub Articles:

25 Days of Christmas: The Lion in Winter (1968)

on Dec 5, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

Originally published December 2nd, 2014 The Lion in Winter was an eleventh-hour addition to the list simply because I wanted one more Christmas movie I’ve never seen.  I would say this is probably the strangest Christmas movie out there for its ability combine historical drama and soap opera a... Read full article


25 Days of Christmas: The Lion in Winter (1968)

on Dec 8, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

Originally published December 2nd, 2014 The Lion in Winter was an eleventh-hour addition to the list simply because I wanted one more Christmas movie I’ve never seen.  I would say this is probably the strangest Christmas movie out there for its ability combine historical drama and soap opera a... Read full article


25 Days of Christmas: The Lion in Winter (1968)

on Dec 2, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

The Lion in Winter was an eleventh-hour addition to the list simply because I wanted one more Christmas movie I’ve never seen.  I would say this is probably the strangest Christmas movie out there for its ability combine historical drama and soap opera antics within a Christmas package.  Watch... Read full article


The Lion in Winter (1968)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 9, 2014 From 4 Star Films

The year is 1183 and the castle of King Henry II is a dark and dank place during the winter months. You would not think so by the opening moments where an energetic King (Peter O’Toole) duels his young boy John (Nigel Terry). His mistress takes in the scene from afar. On first glance this whol... Read full article


25 Days of Christmas: The Lion in Winter (1968)

By Kristen on Dec 23, 2012 From Journeys in Classic Film

The Lion in Winter was an eleventh-hour addition to the list simply because I wanted one more Christmas movie I’ve never seen.  I would say this is probably the strangest Christmas movie out there for its ability combine historical drama and soap opera antics within a Christmas package.  Watch... Read full article


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Quotes from

Eleanor: What family doesn't have its ups and downs?


Henry II: I've snapped and plotted all my life. There's no other way to be alive, king, and fifty all at once.


Eleanor: Her eyes in certain light were violet, and all her teeth were even. That's a rare, fair feature: even teeth. She smiled to excess, but she chewed with real distinction.


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Facts about

While filming close-ups of Richard (Anthony Hopkins) in his jousting costume, the horse was spooked and bolted. Hopkins fell off and broke his arm. Filming the scene with his sword raised above his jousting opponent was very difficult due to this.
Eleanor greets King Philip by telling him that she could have been his mother. This is in fact, true. Eleanor's first husband, Louis VII, later fathered Alais by his second wife and Philip by his third. Eleanor's marriage to Louis was annulled by the Pope when she was unable to bear him sons. She gave Henry five boys, two of whom died before the action of the movie takes place.
This was the second time that Peter O'Toole played King Henry II. The first time was in Becket. He received Academy Award nominations for both performances.
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