The Lion in Winter (2003)





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An elderly king must come to terms with his past as he plots his nation's future in this historical drama. In 1183, aging monarch King Henry II (Patrick Stewart) decides it is time to pick an heir to his throne, and he must choose one of his three sons -- John (Rafe Spall), Geoffrey (John Light), or Richard (Andrew Howard) -- to rule the British empire. Henry wants to announce his successor at a Christmas gathering of his court a few weeks hence, and in time for the event, he has decided to free … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Romance
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Written By: James Goldman
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On DVD: Jul 20, 2004
LionsGate Entertainment

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as King Henry II

as Eleanor Of Aquitaine

as Geoffrey

as William Marshall
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Excellent version of the classic although not quite up to the unbeatable Katharine Hepburn/Peter O'Toole masterpiece.

jay nixon

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King Henry II invites his estranged wife and three children to celebrate Christmas with his mistress, and the three sons vie for the throne.
This remake is high family drama, and Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close bring energy to their roles. But there's not a lot that's particularly deep about the performances or the film as a whole. In fact, afterward I struggled to figure out what the film was saying. It's hard to reduce such a classic story to mere melodrama, but I fear that's all I saw.
Overall, it's fun to watch, but the film's backbone is hard to pin down.

Jim Hunter

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Glenn Close and Patrick Stewart are really great in the made for TV version of the Lion in Winter.

Sunil Jawahir

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