James Goldman; dir: Sheldon Epps.
"What family doesn't have its ups and downs?" asks Eleanor of Aquitaine in THE LION IN WINTER as the royal plots and plans swirl around King Henry's palace at Chinon, France. It is Christmas, 1183 and she has been allowed out of prison to join Henry, his mistress Alnis Capet and his three sons Richard, John and Geoffrey. Their invited guest, Philip Capet, King of France, has no idea what an eventful holiday he is in for, since much of the deception and game playing also involves him as well.