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4.0
432 Ratings

The Lion in Winter

Directed by Anthony Harvey
United Kingdom, 1968
Drama

Synopsis

It’s Christmas 1183, and King Henry II is planning to announce his successor to the throne. The jockeying for the crown, though, is complex. Henry has three sons and wants his boy Prince John to take over. Henry’s wife, Queen Eleanor, has other ideas…

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The Lion in Winter Directed by Anthony Harvey

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1969 | 3 wins including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

1969 | 4 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1969 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1969 | 2 wins including: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

1969 | 6 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Directors Guild of America

1969 | Winner: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

It was as clear in 1968 as it is now that Faces is by far the more daring and original work of art. The Lion in Winter, however, recovered from Schickel’s disdain to perform well at the box office, win three Oscars, and become a holiday favorite, a prime entry in the ever-popular “Dysfunctional Families” category. People, or deadwood if you prefer, stubbornly continue to love it, and I am one of them. For connoisseurs of ferocious acting, there are few bigger feasts.
December 22, 2016
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They mix it up, and the period piece has rarely been less stuffy, less constrained — even with direction, from old Kubrick editor Anthony Harvey, that’s closer to traffic cop work than a real vision. It doesn’t need any more than that. It simply requires the space for Hepburn, doting over the potentially doomed boys she raised but did not bear, to tell them, "Take your wormwood like a good boy.
December 16, 2016
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Did the Channel part for you?" A film, yes, but also a towering, regal monument to the healing power of sarcasm and sniping, the things that keep us sane, from which life, dreams, are made. Intelligence curdles into bitterness and every smile is a box of knives in this most voluptuous Christmas film.
December 14, 2016
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