ROYALTY ON SCREEN: Peter O'Toole in "The Lion in Winter" (1968)


ROYALTY ON SCREEN: Peter O'Toole in "The Lion in Winter" (1968)
by Darius Kadivar

1183 AD: KingHenry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to achoice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. Directed by Anthony Harveyand produced by Joseph E. Levinefrom Goldman's adaptation of his own play, The Lion inWinter, starring Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, and inearly appearances, Timothy Daltonand Anthony Hopkins.

Lion In Winter The Official Theatrical Trailer (1968) :

Eleanor's Arrival -Music Score John Barry:

Queen Eleanor Plotting with her divided sons:

King Philip of France ( Timothy Dalton) VS King Henry II of England engage in Political discourse:

(NOTE: Philip admits to a homosexual relationship with Henry's Son Richard. There is no historical evidence as to the future King Richard the Lion Heart's homosexuality but this was included in the script of the Lion in Winter)

King Henry ( Peter O'Toole) Denies his Son's:

Eleanor - "What a Desolation" Monologue:

Anthony Hopkins on his first feature film playing Richard 

(the future Lion Heart King):


Christmas 1183--an aging andconniving King Henry II ( Peter O'Toole) plans a reunion where he hopes to name his successor.He summons the following people for the holiday: his scheming but imprisonedwife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katherine Hepburn) ; his mistress, Princess Alais, whom he wishesto marry; his three sons (Richard, Geoffrey, and John), all of whom desire thethrone; and the young but crafty King Philip (Timothy Dalton) of France (who is also Alais'brother). With the fate of Henry's empire at stake, everybody engages in theirown brand of deception and treachery to stake their claim.

More about the Film :

The Lion in Winter is fictional: there was no Christmas Court at Chinon in 1183; therewas a Christmas court at Caenin 1182; none of the dialogue and action is historical, though the outcomes ofthe characters and the background are historically accurate. In reality, Henryhad many mistresses and many illegitimate children; the "Rosamund" mentionedin the film was Henry II's mistress until she died. The article on the Revolt of1173–1174 describes the historical events leading to the play'sevents.

Hepburn won an Academy Awardfor Best Actress for her role. The musical score by John Barryalso won an Oscar, as did Goldman's adaptation of his play.

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SPink Jaan why are you so insecure ?

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You keep commenting on every blog I post as if you felt threatened by something. I simply ignore what you are writing. I hardly read your comments including even here.

You are free to do what you want ... 

Other than insulting people and diminishing their contributions with your arrogant condescending attitude How about Blogging on what You find interesting for youself. What is stopping you ?

Instead with your childish behavior you are becoming hectic and boring as usual including to people who share your views ...

I won't relinquish to my right to blog what I like merely to satisfy an arrogant uneducated pompous clown like you ...


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Come on Darius, give us

by Sargord Pirouz on

Come on Darius, give us some film recommendations that aren't overplayed and tired. (We had this film on VCR back in the early 80s and saw it a dozen more times thanwas interesting).

You're a film critic. Give us some hints on the here and now.

The royalty thing? You're one of the only suck-ups here that goes for this kind of thing.