Domestic squabbles concerning the succession at the court of Henry II in 1183. O'Toole's Henry is a grizzled, decaying old man, a continuation of the same part in Becket. Hepburn won her third Oscar for her role as his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Harvey's direction is intelligent enough, though the reduction of power struggles to fits of personal pique - where the fate of nations hangs in the balance - becomes a little irritating. Enjoyable for its two lead performances, however.
The Lion in Winter
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