A fierce personal drama adapted by James Goldman from his play of Britain's Henry II deliberating over a successor on a fateful Christmas Eve. Having been accustomed to his wife's long exile to a faraway castle, King Henry (Peter O'Toole) takes a step in reuniting his family, however hoping to maintain a stronghold on his Empire and prevent the balance of power to shifting to his wife, Eleanor, or to one of his sons. Despite Henry's efforts to keep his wife at arm-(and throne’s)-length, Eleanor will assure that her power will not only be restored, but that it will last long past her own passing. Also starring Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins (in his feature debut), John Castle, Nigel Terry, Jane Merrow, and Timothy Dalton. Directed by Anthony Harvey.
Ratings and Reviews
Critics Consensus: Sharper and wittier than your average period piece, The Lion in Winter is a tale of palace intrigue bolstered by fantastic performances from Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, and Anthony Hopkins in his big-screen debut.