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Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

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

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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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They Used Every Passion In Their Incredible Duel! 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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According to a 1974 interview, the role of Mary was intended for Geneviève Bujold, star of Anne of the Thousand Days (1969). She turned it down after refusing to be typecast in movies about doomed 16th-century queens, leading to a major fallout with Hal B. Wallis. Oddly enough, her replacement Vanessa Redgrave had appeared in A Man for All Seasons (1966) as Anne Boleyn, the same role Bujold had played in "Thousand Days." See more »

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Mary, Queen of Scots, wears small gold stud earrings throughout the film. They didn't exist in the 16th century, but were extremely popular in the 1970s. 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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Some License With Facts But It Captures the Mood and the Personas...
26 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've read a lot of the other reviews of this movie and have to add my two cents here. Anybody critical of Glenda Jackson's portrayal of Elizabeth I is just plain wrong! If there is such a thing as reincarnation I suggest that Elizabeth came back as Glenda...not only were many of her lines historically accurate but Glenda has captured the conflict, the caprice, the indecisiveness, the intellect, the willpower, shrewdness and the brilliance of Elizabeth. Her portrayal of England's greatest queen is matched only by her own portrayal of the queen in "Elizabeth R." I guess that a trained shakespearean actress, like Glenda has been immersed in all things Elizabethan and reflects the time in general. Vanessa Redgrave, although a bit too old for the role of Mary in the earlier part of the movie did a good job at capturing Mary's character as well. The movie does well to illustrate the contrast between the women and why one was so successful, the other not. It takes license with history in that Elizabeth and Mary never met and Mary's captivity was almost two decades long. In my view one contrast, whether intentional or not, is that Mary is made to be a much more sympathetic character than Elizabeth--it seems to stress the womanliness of Mary and coldness of Elizabeth and it does quote the historically accurate line about her being barren, I think to reinforce this unfortunate contrast. Elizabeth was far more complex than portrayed and Mary was close to being an empty-headded ninny, at least in the political sense. The movie has beautiful scenery and some great shots. Well worth the watching.


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