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The Lion in Winter

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Original title
The Lion in Winter
Running time
135 min.
United States United States
James Goldman (Theater: James Goldman)
John Barry
Douglas Slocombe
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Avco Embassy Pictures Release
Drama | Middle Ages. 12th Century
Synopsis / Plot
Christmas 1183--an aging and conniving King Henry II plans a reunion where he hopes to name his successor. He summons the following people for the holiday: his scheming but imprisoned wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; his mistress, Princess Alais, whom he wishes to marry; his three sons (Richard, Geoffrey, and John), all of whom desire the throne; and the young but crafty King Philip of France (who is also Alais' brother). With the fate of Henry's empire at stake, everybody engages in their own brand of deception and treachery to stake their claim.
1968: 3 Oscar: Actress (ex-aequo: Katharine Hepburn), Adapted Screenplay, OST. 7 Nominations
1968: Golden Globes: Best Movie and Actor - Drama (Peter O'Toole). 7 nominations
1968: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film. 3 Nominations
1968: BAFTA Awards: Best Actress (Hepburn) & Best Music. 7 Nominations
1968: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
1968: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Drama Screenplay
1969: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Production
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