THE LION IN WINTER (1968) C widescreen 134m dir: Anthony Harvey
w/Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Jane Merrow, John Castle, Timothy Dalton, Anthony Hopkins, Nigel Stock, Nigel Terry, Kenneth Griffith, O.Z. Whitehead
This is a superb historical drama set in 1183 during the reign of King Henry II of England. It's marvelously acted by O'Toole, as the powerful Henry II, and Hepburn, as his wife, the great medieval figure Eleanor of Aquitaine.
From The Movie Guide: "Hepburn is simply wonderful as the scheming and shrewd Eleanor of Aquitaine. Her verbal duels with the equally impressive O'Toole (here playing a man of 50 behind a beard and heavy makeup) are spellbinding. Hepburn won her third Oscar for this superlative performance, becoming the first actress in history to do so (her previous Oscars were for MORNING GLORY and GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER). O'Toole holds his own with the magnificent Hepburn in a witty, literate, and inventive script. The claim that costume dramas are never successful was mightily disproved by this film, which enjoyed a booming box-office business and the wide respect of the public. Shot on location in Ireland, Wales, and France."
THE LION IN WINTER won three Oscars: Best Actress (Hepburn, in a tie with Barbra Streisand for her performance in FUNNY GIRL), Adapted Screenplay (James Goldman, based on his Broadway play), and Score (John Barry). It was also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor (O'Toole), and Costume Design (Margaret Furse).