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Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

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During the sixteenth century, the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots engages in over two decades of religious and political conflict with her cousin, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England, amidst political intrigue in her native land.



(original screenplay)
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Dudley
David Riccio
Tom Fleming ...
Father Ballard
Katherine Kath ...
Catherine De Medici
Beth Harris ...
Mary Seton
Frances White ...
Mary Fleming
Bruce Purchase ...
Brian Coburn ...


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! MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS, who ruled with the heart of a woman. 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 »

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Release Date:

29 March 1972 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Maria Stuart, Königin von Schottland  »

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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It took all day to set up the hunting scene, with Glenda Jackson in costume the entire time, as dog handlers and hawk handlers rehearsed their cues. The cameras finally rolled late in the afternoon, with the light beginning to fade and drizzle falling. The shot was perfect; everyone moved on cue. Unfortunately, one dog handler in a bright green shiny plastic raincoat released her hound, but forgot to stop where she was. She ran into the shot, ruining the take and wasting the entire day's shooting. See more »


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 »


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


Vivre et Mourir
Music by John Barry
Sung by Vanessa Redgrave
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Mary Queen of Scots
26 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I am not a die-hard fan of Miss Redgrave's, but I will acknowledge her talent as one of our finest actresses of our day. Her portrayal of Mary of Scotland is brilliant. The cast is excellent and you will find yourself engrossed in a history lesson before you realize it. Even the portrayal of John Knox is as accurate as one can get by delving into the archives. I found myself transported back into Tudor England with one of the most dysfunctional families of all time, Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary of Scotland. Both women were anointed Queens which lends to a problem situation that many did not consider for the English Hierarchy.

With both cast and acting shimmered in excellence, you will not be disappointed in this film.

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