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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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MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS, who ruled with the heart of a woman. 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 was in her early thirties during filming. For most of the movie, Mary is in her teens and twenties. 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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Version of Pulitzer Prize Playhouse: Mary of Scotland (1951) See more »

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Wonderfully atmospheric music and locations, excellent pacing, and especially wonderful performances by Redgrave, McGoohan, and the compellingly handsome Nigel Davenport.
15 August 1999 | by (Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

A visually lush, beautifully-acted treatment of the compelling story of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots--refreshingly, not slanted in favor of Mary's English opponents. Along with massive doses of romance, the film provides an interesting depiction of the long-distance tension between Mary and her Cousin, Elizabeth I of England, and the forces at work in the courts of continental Europe and of England and Scotland that made Mary's life hazardous from the moment she set foot on Scottish soil. This is above all a vivid portrait of the interrelationships of fascinating personalities--none more so than those of the Queen, played with riveting and unselfconscious elegance by Vanessa Redgrave, and her great love Lord Bothwell--in which role the gifted and compellingly attractive Nigel Davenport is perfectly cast.


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