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The Lion in Winter (2003 film)

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Genre  Drama, History, Romance
Country  United States
7.2/10 IMDb

Director  Andrei Konchalovsky
Language  English
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Release date  December 26, 2003 (2003-12-26) (United Kingdom) May 23, 2004 (2004-05-23) (United States)
Writer  James Goldman (play), James Goldman (teleplay)
Networks  Showtime, Showtime Networks
Episodes  2 Episode 2Season 1 - Dec 26 - 2003, 2 Episode 2, 1 Episode 1Season 1 - Dec 26 - 2003, 1 Episode 1, 1 Episode 1Season 1 - Dec 26 - 2003, 1 Episode 1
Cast  Glenn Close, Patrick Stewart, Andrew Howard, Antal Konrád
Similar movies  Aaltra, The World of Don Camillo
Tagline  All of Britain and half of France were his kingdom. But there was one thing Henry II would never control . . . His Family.

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The Lion in Winter is a 2003 made-for-television remake of the stage play of the same name and of the original 1968 screen version of the play which had featured Peter O'Toole.


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The remake was first shown on December 26, 2003 in the U.K. and premiered on U.S. television on May 26, 2004. It starred Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close, and was directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. It was filmed on location at Spiš Castle in eastern Slovakia, interiors were filmed in Budapest, Hungary.

Andrew Howard, John Light, and Rafe Spall played the warring brothers. Jonathan Rhys Meyers played the king of France and Julia Vysotskaya, his sister and Henry's mistress, Princess Alais.


In the year 1183, King Henry II of England has invited his three sons, his wife, and the new King of France to join him at his Christmas court at Chinon Castle. His eldest son Henry has died and now the King must decide upon a new heir. King Henry favors his youngest John. Queen Eleanor, who has been imprisoned the past ten years for staging a revolt against her husband, favors the older son Richard.


  • Patrick Stewart as King Henry II
  • Glenn Close as Queen Eleanor
  • Andrew Howard as Richard the Lionheart
  • John Light as Geoffrey
  • Rafe Spall as John
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Philip II
  • Julia Vysotskaya as Alais
  • Clive Wood as Captain William Marshall
  • Reception

    Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the series a 60% rating based on 2298 user ratings, with an average rating of 3.5/5. Reviews tend to be mixed, with Variety saying the film "is a long sit but nevertheless a rewarding one" and of Close's performance, "her Eleanor manages to stand apart from Hepburn’s". However, an online reviewer says "there is nothing in this new version that makes it a worthwhile alternative to the 1968 film."


    Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Outstanding Costumes – Miniseries, Movie, or Special
  • Golden Globe Awards

  • Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film (Close)
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Outstanding Female Actor – Television Movie or Miniseries (Close)
  • Nominated

    Costume Designers Guild

  • Excellence in Costume Design for Television – Fantasy or Period
  • Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Outstanding Made for Television Movie
  • Outstanding Actress – Miniseries or Movie (Close)
  • Outstanding Directing – Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special
  • Outstanding Art Direction – Miniseries, Movie, or Special
  • Outstanding Hairstyling – Miniseries, Movie, or Special
  • Golden Globe Awards

  • Best Miniseries or Television Film
  • Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film (Stewart)
  • Producers Guild of America Awards

  • Television Producer of the Year Award – Longform
  • References

    The Lion in Winter (2003 film) Wikipedia
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