O'Toole, the all-powerful Henry II, summons his politically ambitious family to a reunion in 1183. This includes his wife, Hepburn, whom he has kept in a remote castle to keep her from meddling with his empire. His three sons--all coveting his wide kingdom--Castle, Terry, and Hopkins are
also present, along with O'Toole's mistress Merrow and her brother Dalton, playing King Philip of France. The members of this tempestuous family jockey for position and brutally squabble among each other, rekindling every injury suffered and adding new, Homeric insults to their already bruised
Hepburn is simply wonderful as the scheming and shrewd Eleanor of Aquita...