THE LION IN WINTER
1968, Rialto Pictures, 134 min, UK/USA, Dir: Anthony Harvey

At Christmas court in 1183, King Henry II (Peter O’Toole) argues with his estranged wife, Eleanor (Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn) over whether Prince John (Nigel Terry) or Richard the Lionheart (Anthony Hopkins in his film debut) shall inherit the throne. Complicating matters is King Philip II of France (Timothy Dalton, also his debut) who seeks his own fortune by demanding his half-sister Alais (Jane Merrow), currently Henry’s mistress, be betrothed to Richard. The most royal of the cycle of '60s films dealing with the history and palace intrigues of medieval England.


PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED
1986, Sony Repertory, 103 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Kathleen Turner earned an Oscar nomination in the title role as a recently separated housewife who attends her high school reunion only to be transported a quarter-century back in time to her senior year. As she revisits the events that shaped the course of her life and considers changing them, Peggy Sue’s future husband (Nicolas Cage) tries to convince her of his love. This touching romantic comedy features a strong supporting cast including up-and-comers Jim Carrey, Joan Allen and Helen Hunt as well as veteran performers Maureen O'Sullivan and John Carradine.


HOWARD THE DUCK
1986, Universal, 110 min, USA, Dir: Willard Huyck

The titular sarcastic, cigar-chomping, 27-year-old hero of this ahead-of-its-time fan favorite hails from the planet Duckworld, from which he’s suddenly beamed away via an Earth-based scientific experiment gone awry. Landing in Cleveland, Howard must contend with this new and strange place, and, of course, prevent the very destruction of the universe by a villain who also gets accidentally beamed down to Earth. Visually inventive and engaging, HOWARD THE DUCK is an amazing oddity: a comic book film squarely aimed at adults with humor way above the heads of the young audience it drew.


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