The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter

  • 1968
  • PG
  • 134 min
  • UK, USA
  • biography, drama, history

England's Henry II and his estranged queen battle over the choice of an heir.

Director: Anthony Harvey

Writer: James Goldman

Stars: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle, Nigel Terry

Won 1969 Golden Globes Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama

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.

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  • Anthony Harvey
    Anthony Harvey
    Anthony Harvey was a British filmmaker who started his career in the 1950s as a film editor, and moved into directing in the mid 1960s. Harvey had fifteen film credits as an editor, and he directed thirteen films. The second film that Harvey directed, The Lion in Winter (1968), earned him a Directors Guild of America Award and a nomination for the Academy Award for Directing.

Main Cast


  • Kate Muir (Times (UK))

    [A] humdinger of medieval powerplay.

  • Mark Bourne (

    Director Anthony Harvey opened up Goldman's play into authentic spaces far from any proscenium, and remained faithful to an energetic drama propelled by its performances and dialogue.

  • Tim Brayton (Antagony & Ecstasy)

    A commanding blend of the high and low, a thoroughly sordid family melodrama designed for over-literate history buffs.


Tagline: The most significant reserved seat attraction of the year!

Certificate: PG

Genres: biography, drama, history

Categories: british royal family, medieval times, 12th century, king henry ii, throne, castle, richard the lionheart, eleanor of aquitaine, dysfunctional marriage, queen, king, unfaithfulness, mistress, spear, homoeroticism


Producer: Martin Poll

Editor: John Bloom

Casting: Paul Lee Lander

Director of photography: Douglas Slocombe

Original music composer: John Barry

Costume design: Margaret Furse

Executive producer: Joseph E. Levine

Associate producer: Jane C. Nusbaum

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 134 min

Country: UK, USA

Language: English

Sound Mix: Mono

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Color: Color (Eastmancolor)