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Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

Historical drama detailing the political and religious conflict between Scotland's Catholic Queen Mary Stuart and England's Protestant Queen Elizabeth Tudor during the 16th century.

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Mary Stuart, named Queen of Scotland when she was six days old, is the last Roman Catholic ruler of Scotland. Her cousin Elizabeth Tudor, Queen of England and her arch adversary, has her imprisoned at age 23. Nineteen years later, Mary is executed, removing the last threat to Elizabeth's throne. The two Queens' contrasting personalities make a dramatic counterpoint to history. Written by alfiehitchie

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ELIZABETH, QUEEN OF ENGLAND, who reigned with the power of a man. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »

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29 March 1972 (Sweden)  »

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María, reina de Escocia  »

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Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Dalton would later play another married couple, Agatha Christie and Colonel Archibald Christie, in Agatha (1979). Although they never married in real life, they were in a relationship from 1971 to 1986. See more »

Goofs

The meeting between Queen Elizabeth I of England and Queen Mary I of Scotland in the borderlands has no basis in any factual account of these rulers. However, it is stated in the film that the meeting is secret, and never mentioned even to Elizabeth's closest advisers. See more »

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[first lines]
Francis - King of France: [screams] La Vierge!
Mary, Queen of Scots: What is it? What is it?
Francis - King of France: My head! My head!
Mary, Queen of Scots: Be still, be still, put your head down.
Francis - King of France: Please, help me.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Prince of Space (1997) See more »

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27 July 2004 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

This movie is great! A classic! This is a MUST see if traveling to Scotland. It may take a few liberties with history, but the story line is intact and accurate. The film takes the viewer from Mary as a teenager in France, through her turbulent reign in Scotland, to her death in England. Mary is unapologetic for her faith or her actions, sorry only that she is imprisoned and prevented from seeing her son, who is a pivotal person in the evolution of Great Britian. Redgrave is wonderful and Jackson does her role very well, despite reviews to the contrary. The scenery is lush and the set depicting of the era. This movie needs to be release on DVD as soon as possible.

It is VERY DIFFICULT to find on VHS ANYWHERE and is prohibitively expensive on e-bay.


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