The Lion In Winter (1968)
The siblings: Richard (Anthony Hopkins), Geoffrey (John Castle) and John (Nigel Terry)
What puts them at odds? It’s 1183, and scheming King Henry II (Peter O’Toole) plays his three sons off against each other to find a successor. Who will survive, and what will be left of them?
As Stardust proves, having Peter O’Toole as king means the kids are going to be end up jostling for the throne. This episode is more historically based, however. While the majority of the plot is taken from James Goldman’s play, the destiny of the various princes is accurate: Richard becomes King but dies young; Geoffrey pre-deceases him, and John eventually takes the throne to Robin Hood-bothering effect. Lion In Winter draws together truly great actors, with Katharine Hepburn as formidable queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and even a young Timothy Dalton as the King of France, and won three Oscars for Hepburn, Goldman’s adaptation and John Barry’s score.
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