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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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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 »

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Mary is seen enjoying a late-morning cup of hot chocolate in bed (and even requesting it when she is a prisoner) despite this not being a popular drink in the British Isles until well into the 18th century. 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.
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Version of Mary of Scotland (1936) See more »

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Vivre et Mourir
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Music by John Barry
Sung by Vanessa Redgrave
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Vanessa take the throne as Mary
8 March 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I love a historical film...hmm...because after watching the movie, you can research online or in a book and compare differences between the film and what really happen back then.

This film is about one of my favorite royal women Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, who claimed the Scottish crown from her mother upon her death. Of course is was after her husband, the King of France had died of an ear infection that spread to his brain, because there wasn't a cure back then...or much of anything. But then she runs up against religious prejudice, both from the Protestant Elizabeth (who had met anti-Protestant bias before she took the throne) and from Mary's Protestant half-brother James Stuart. Elizabeth, whose own reign is shaky (given a strong Catholic presence in her country), is nervous about her Catholic cousin -- and made more so by Mary's seeming inability to appreciate the political niceties of the period.

In the film, the ever-luminous Vanessa Redgrave (Camelot) takes on the role as Mary, and the sharp-edged Glenda Jackson as Queen Elizabeth, who knew a thing or two about palace intrigue. And Vanessa received an Oscar nomination for her performance. So overall, I would say about this film is that I love it from beginning to end, and I love the original soundtrack in the film, and as I say many times: I love a film with a good soundtrack.


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