Trailer for Restored 'The Lion in Winter' Starring Hepburn & O'Toole

November 23, 2016
Source: YouTube

The Lion in Winter Trailer

"Now I have only one desire left - to see you King." Rialto Pictures has revealed a captivating trailer for the brand new 4K restoration re-release of the classic historical drama The Lion in Winter, which won three Academy Awards back in 1969. Katharine Hepburn (who won Best Actress for this) stars as Eleanor of Aquitaine, along with Peter O'Toole (who was also nominated but didn't win) as King Henry II - they play husband and wife. The ensemble cast also includes a young Anthony Hopkins, a young Timothy Dalton, John Castle, Nigel Terry, Jane Merrow and Nigel Stock. This is perfectly timed for a holiday season re-release, as the film takes place during a Christmas Court in the 12th Century. This trailer also features some of John Barry's Oscar-winning score. If you're never seen the film, no better time than now to catch it.

Here's the new trailer for the 4K restoration of Anthony Harvey's The Lion in Winter, from YouTube:

The Lion in Winter Poster

The most royal of the cycle of '60s films dealing with the history and palace intrigues of Tudor England, Anthony Harvey's The Lion in Winter returns in a new 4K restoration by Studiocanal. At Christmas Court in 1183 King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) argues with his estranged wife, Eleanor (Katharine Hepburn) over whether Prince John (Nigel Terry) or Richard the Lionheart (Anthony Hopkins in his film debut) shall inherit the throne. Complicating matters is King Philip II of France (Timothy Dalton, also his debut) who seeks his own fortune by demanding his daughter Alais (Jane Merrow), currently Henry's mistress, be betrothed to Richard. The film went on to win three Academy Awards, including Best Actress and Best Music. It was first released in late 1968. Rialto Pictures will re-release Anthony Harvey's The Lion in Winter in NY & LA cinemas starting on December 16th this year, before eventually hitting Blu-ray. Any big fans?

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Sometimes we all forget how good some of those old film are ... I feel invited to see this again after a long time ...

shiboleth on Nov 23, 2016


I still remember the realism depicted of King Henry waking up and going over to the water basin and having to bash the layer of ice to get to the water beneath in order to wash his face. That was the highlight of the film for me. Tons of fantastic details in regards to the period. Overall, the film is artfully crafted with star studded performances, however woefully dialogue heavy. If that appeals to you and you're a fan of classic cinema, check it out.

RAW_D on Nov 23, 2016


Happy Thanksgiving, AB!!!!!!!

DAVIDPD on Nov 24, 2016


Thanks, you too!!

Alex Billington on Nov 25, 2016

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