7.5/10
3,207
39 user 9 critic

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.

Director:

Writer:

(original screenplay)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: M Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.

Director: Charles Jarrott
Stars: Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas
Elizabeth R (TV Mini-Series 1971)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement.

Stars: Glenda Jackson, Ronald Hines, Robert Hardy
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A queen who lost three kingdoms. A wife who lost three husbands. A woman who lost her head.

Director: Thomas Imbach
Stars: Camille Rutherford, Mehdi Dehbi, Sean Biggerstaff
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (TV Mini-Series 1970)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A six-episode dramatization of Henry VIII's relationships with each of his six wives. Each episode is devoted to one wife, and is a complete play in itself.

Stars: Keith Michell, Anthony Quayle, Patrick Troughton
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On his deathbed, King Henry VIII looks back over his eventful life and his six marriages.

Director: Waris Hussein
Stars: Keith Michell, Donald Pleasence, Charlotte Rampling
Certificate: GP Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tsar Nicholas II, the inept monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Roderic Noble
Elizabeth I (TV Mini-Series 2005)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Hugh Dancy, Toby Jones
The Shadow of the Tower (TV Mini-Series 1972)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A series of dramas by various writers recording the key events in the reign of Henry Tudor and his founding of the Tudor Dynasty

Stars: James Maxwell, Norma West, Hugh Sullivan
Lady Jane (1986)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a ... See full summary »

Director: Trevor Nunn
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Cary Elwes, John Wood
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The recently widowed Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne but is opposed by her half-brother and her own Scottish lords.

Directors: John Ford, Leslie Goodwins
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March, Florence Eldridge
The Virgin Queen (TV Mini-Series 2005)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her ... See full summary »

Stars: Anne-Marie Duff, Sienna Guillory, Ian Hart
Agatha (1979)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A fictional account of the real life, eleven day, never explained 1926 disappearance of famed murder mystery writer Agatha Christie is presented. On a cold winter day, her damaged car with ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Henry, Lord Darnley
...
...
...
...
...
Tom Fleming ...
Katherine Kath ...
Beth Harris ...
Frances White ...
Bruce Purchase ...
Brian Coburn ...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

29 March 1972 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

María, reina de Escocia  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(world premiere)| (35 mm prints)| (some 35 mm prints)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Vanessa Redgrave was in her early thirties during filming. For most of the movie, Mary is in her teens and twenties. See more »

Goofs

James I of England (also known as James VI of Scotland) was born in Edinburgh Castle, not the Earl of Bothwell's estate. Mary was born at Linlithgow Palace. See more »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Connections

Version of The Heart of a Queen (1940) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Outstanding Acting!
19 June 2002 | by (Richland Center, WI) – See all my reviews

Vanessa Redgrave portrays an excellent Queen of Scots in this film; Mary Stuart's frivolity, passion for life, religious devotion, and emotion-stirring conscience is perfectly captured by this talented actress. Similarly, the vanity, arrogance, and evil self-assuredness of the weakling Henry Lord Darnley shone through in Timothy Dalton's words and actions. But, without desecrating the skills displayed by Dalton and Redgrave, I was riveted by the scenes in the English Court. Glenda Jackson, as Elizabeth of England, has completely captured the hearts and imaginations of the audience as the best actress to ever play the Virgin Queen, and as I watched her manipulate her Catholic enemies and rise above the snares of danger that her fellow Queen blindly stumbled into, I was amazed at her complete understanding of the role. In my opinion, Elizabeth can be no easy character to portray, but Jackson clearly demonstrates a clear knowledge of the complicated workings of this Queen's mind. Also wonderfully brought to life are the struggles for approval amongst her leading ministers, William Cecil (played by Trevor Howard) and Robert Dudley (Daniel Massey). Cecil's endless determination to lead the Queen in best interests of the nation are admirable, and Dudley's endless devotion (though sometimes portrayed as ambition and avarice) is touching. Unfortunately, the script seems to rush through the complicated and fascinating tale of the Queen of Scots' harrowing 7 years on her Scotch throne. All in all, I recommend this movie to anyone interested in Mary, or, even if your tastes run more to Elizabeth than her impulsive cousin, I believe you will be more than satisfied.


13 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Glenda Jackson or Vanessa Redgrave JK21
Gwyneth Paltrow as Mary? Dan1863Sickles
Lets get this on dvd octavain
Vivre et Mourir -What does it mean? Arpa4me
Anyone know if Sean Connery was ever considered for Bothwell? gingerwanderer
John Barry's score finally released on cd scruffy58
Discuss Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?