The Lion in Winter

“The royal boys are aging with the royal port.”

Depicting a time where rulers frequently held power by tossing their offspring into dungeons, this vicious verbal battle pits Peter O’Toole against Katharine Hepburn with the English throne at stake.

He’s holding onto power ruthlessly, she’s home for the holidays (before returning to prison, thanks to dear hubby) and their boys include a very-young Anthony Hopkins.

Timothy Dalton, future ’80s James Bond, also makes his film debut here, though he doesn’t have access to any of his future spy gadgets.

Tis a pity in a film where everyone has ulterior motives.

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