Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms.
The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
It's Christmas 1183, and King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) is planning to announce his successor to the throne. The jockeying for the crown, though, is complex. Henry has three sons and wants his boy Prince John (Nigel Terry) to take over. Henry's wife, Queen Eleanor (Katharine Hepburn), has other ideas. She believes their son Prince Richard (Sir Anthony Hopkins) should be King. As the family and various schemers gather for the holiday, each tries to make the indecisive King choose his or her option.Written by
In the scene where Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katharine Hepburn) asks for the love of Prince Richard (Sir Anthony Hopkins), Prince Richard remarks that he has seen pictures of Eleanor at the height of her beauty. Ironically, other than her tomb effigy, no images of Queen Eleanor have survived. The two images traditionally assumed to be her are unconfirmed. (Naturally, the fictional Richard might have been referring to portraits later lost to history.) While there are several written descriptions praising her beauty, none of them actually record such basic features as her eyes or hair color. Based on descriptions of her sons, all of whom were said to resemble her, we may assume she was very tall, slim, and had a very strong chin, grey or blue eyes, and wavy reddish-gold hair, not unlike her descendant, Katharine Hepburn. See more »
Henry refers to the lack of value of Eleanor's signature on paper. Paper was a Chinese invention unknown to Europe at this time. The very first paper mills were not founded in Europe until the 13th Century. Instead, parchment was used at this time. See more »
Katharine Hepburn won her third Oscar for "The Lion in Winter", playing brassy queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her role is sort of an interesting counterbalance to Peter O'Toole, as King Henry II. That is, she's elderly and he's young. Maybe it was an allusion to the growing generation gap in the world at the time.
But anyway, this is what epic tales of royalty are supposed to be. It shows Henry's conflicts in wondering who will succeed him. Never dragging, the movie truly gives one the feeling of being with these people and understanding their lives. One of the most interesting scenes - in my opinion at least - is when Eleanor says something about sex. I usually wouldn't expect someone of Katharine Hepburn's generation mention sex in a movie. But she does a great job here (well duh). Also starring are a very young Anthony Hopkins and an even younger Timothy Dalton. All in all, "The Lion in Winter" is a perfect movie in every way, and affirmed 1968 as one of the best movie years ever, with "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Funny Girl", "The Odd Couple", "The Planet of the Apes", "Romeo and Juliet", "Candy", "The Night of the Living Dead" and "Bullitt".
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