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The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter is an Anthony Harvey film which stars Peter O'Toole as King Henry II of England and Katharine Hepburn as his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. The film had its debut on October 30, 1968 as an adapted story from a 1966 Broadway play by James Goldman. The story centers on the conflict between the estranged couple and their adult sons: Prince Richard the Lionhearted (the future King Richard I of England, played by Anthony Hopkins in his film debut), Prince John (the future King John, played by Nigel Terry), and Geoffrey Duke of Britanny (played by John Castle). Timothy Dalton also debuts as King Philip II of France, the son of Eleanor's ex-husband.

Hepburn won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role.

The musical score by John Barry also won an Oscar, as did Goldman's adaptation of his play.

A 2003 television production of The Lion in Winter is in production. It stars Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close, and is directed by Andrei Konchalovsky.