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Old 06-02-2019, 10:26 PM   #7833
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The Lion in Winter (1968)

"Of course he has a knife, he always has a knife, we all have knives! It's 1183 and we're barbarians! How clear we make it. Oh, my piglets, we are the origins of war: not history's forces, nor the times, nor justice, nor the lack of it, nor causes, nor religions, nor ideas, nor kinds of government, nor any other thing. We are the killers. We breed wars. We carry it like syphilis inside. Dead bodies rot in field and stream because the living ones are rotten. For the love of God, can't we love one another just a little - that's how peace begins. We have so much to love each other for. We have such possibilities, my children. We could change the world. "

Game of Thrones wishes it caught my attention like this does. The trivia section of its IMDB makes it clear it's only mildly historically accurate (the norm for a film, at best), but I don't care.

We get Timothy Dalton's debut, Anthony Hopkins's first theatrical-length debut (second debut overall), Hepburn and O'Toole both delivering scorching performances -- it's a long film to be sure, but damn if it doesn't earn its keep in the entertainment department.

I did feel a bit sorry for John, though. Dude got shit on throughout history, even if he was a lousy leader he had a fairly sound legal mind (they do mention he studied law in the film), but at least Nigel Terry did a good job on camera, playing a simpering worm is never envied.

I also felt sorry for Hopkins. Dude may have been a little ruthless as a career soldier, but he was probably the least awful person for the throne (though we don't go very far into Geoffrey, who was pretty cold but not overly malicious, he probably could have kept things stable if a little oppressive).

I doubt I'll buy this, but it does make me want to read some serious material on the history of the English crown.
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