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The Lion in Winter (2003)

King Henry II meets with Eleanor of Aquitaine at Christmastide 1183 to choose one of his sons as his successor.

Director:

Andrey Konchalovskiy (as Andrei Konchalovsky)

Writers:

James Goldman (play), James Goldman (teleplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Close ... Eleanor
Andrew Howard ... Richard
Antal Konrád Antal Konrád ... Toastmaster
John Light ... Geoffrey
Soma Marko Soma Marko ... Young John
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Phillip
Rafe Spall ... John
Patrick Stewart ... Henry
Yuliya Vysotskaya ... Alais
Clive Wood ... William Marshall
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Storyline

King Henry II (Sir Patrick Stewart) keeps his wife, Eleanor (Glenn Close) locked away in the towers because of her frequent attempts to overthrow him. With Eleanor out of the way, he can have his dalliances with his young mistress (Yuliya Vysotskaya). Needless to say, the Queen is not pleased, although she still has affection for the King. Working through her sons, she plots the King's demise and the rise of her second and preferred son, Richard (Andrew Howard), to the throne. The youngest son, John (Rafe Spall), an overweight buffoon, and the only son holding his father's affection, is the King's choice after the death of his first son, young Henry. But John is also overly eager for power, and is willing to plot his father's demise with middle brother, Geoffrey (John Light) and the young King of France, Phillip (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Geoffrey, of course sees his younger brother's weakness and sees that route as his path to power.

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A fearsome father. A scheming mother. Three sons battling for attention. (DVD) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lion in Winter See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Patrick Stewart previously played Henry's son, Richard the Lionheart, in Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). See more »

Goofs

Eleanor refers to syphilis in one of her speeches, an impossibility in 1183 England. Syphilis was not named such until 1530 by Hieronymus Fracastorius. Regardless of whether Europe even had the disease prior to 1200, it could not have been known by that name to the Queen. See more »

Quotes

King Henry II: Now listen to me boy...
Philip: [holds up a finger to stop him] I am a king, I am no man's boy!
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Featured in 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005) See more »

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Excellent human view of history.
28 May 2005 | by alphanet-1See all my reviews

Remakes of successful films are notoriously difficult. It took courage to challenge the Peter O'Toole, Katherine Hepburn film. It also took talent. Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close have that in abundance. The original is a classic, no doubt, but Stewart and Close made Henry II and Eleanor very real. In a larger sense, it's too easy to see distant history and the people who lived it as characters in a play, but this film made it clear that the people who lived in those distant time were like us; they dreamed, schemed, hoped, planned, laughed, hurt, made stupid decisions and wept. Henry and Eleanor might have had larger forces working on them than most of us do, but they were just people. Stewart and Close made them real. The Supporting cast was superb. I especially appreciated the portrayal of Richard. Our modern view of that strange tormented man and terrible king was well rendered by Andrew Howard. I would recommend this film over the original.


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