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Release Date:
7 February 1986 (USA) See more »
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Some of the greatest battles are fought with the heart. See more »
Plot:
The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Interesting Look At The Political Intrigues Of The Tudor Court See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Helena Bonham Carter ... Lady Jane Grey

Cary Elwes ... Guilford Dudley

John Wood ... John Dudley, Duke of Nothumberland

Michael Hordern ... Dr. Feckenham
Jill Bennett ... Mrs. Ellen

Jane Lapotaire ... Princess Mary
Sara Kestelman ... Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk

Patrick Stewart ... Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk
Warren Saire ... King Edward VI

Joss Ackland ... Sir John Bridges

Ian Hogg ... Sir John Gates
Lee Montague ... Renard, the Spanish Ambassador

Richard Vernon ... The Marquess of Winchester
David Waller ... Archbishop Cranmer

Richard Johnson ... The Earl of Arundel

Pip Torrens ... Thomas
Matthew Guinness ... Dr. Owen

Guy Henry ... Robert Dudley

Andrew Bicknell ... John Dudley
Clyde Pollitt ... Peasant Leader

William Morgan Sheppard ... Executioner (as Morgan Sheppard)

Zelah Clarke ... Lady Anne Wharton
Laura Clipsham ... Katherine Grey
Janet Henfrey ... Housekeeper
Brian Poyser ... Under Treasurer

Philip Voss ... Herald
Robert Putt ... Steward
Stewart Harwood ... Tavern Keeper
Carole Hayman ... Brothel Keeper
Richard Moore ... Soldier
Michael Goldie ... Porter
Denyse Alexander ... Dressmaker
Gabor Vernon ... Jeweller
Robert Martin Oliver ... Singer
Nicky Croydon ... Singing Maid
John Abbott ... Manservant
Jeannette Fox ... Wedding Dancer
Alison Woodgate ... Wedding Dancer
Philippa Luce ... Wedding Dancer
Eliza Kern ... Wedding Dancer
Krzysia Bialeska ... Wedding Dancer
Cryss Jean Healey ... Wedding Dancer
Adèle Anderson ... Lady Warwick (as Adele Anderson)
Anna Gilbert ... Lady Robert Dudley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Asquith-Coe ... Peasant Boy (uncredited)

Paul Becque ... Peasant (uncredited)
James Payne ... Cleric (uncredited)

John Rackham ... Priest (uncredited)

Ben Shockley ... Peasant (uncredited)

Glenn Webster ... Peasant (uncredited)

Directed by
Trevor Nunn 
 
Writing credits
Chris Bryant (story)

David Edgar 

Produced by
Ted Lloyd .... associate producer
Peter Snell .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen Oliver 
 
Cinematography by
Derek V. Browne 
Douglas Slocombe 
 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
 
Casting by
Rebecca Howard 
Joyce Nettles 
 
Production Design by
Allan Cameron 
 
Art Direction by
Fred Carter 
Martyn Hebert 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Cordwell 
 
Costume Design by
Sue Blane 
David Perry 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Allsopp .... makeup artist
Lynda Armstrong .... makeup artist
Peter Frampton .... makeup supervisor
Stephen Rose .... key hair stylist
Tracy Smith .... hair stylist
Daphne Vollmer .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Malcolm J. Christopher .... production manager (as Malcolm Christopher)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Daly .... second second assistant director
Peter Freeman .... third assistant director
Mike Higgins .... key second assistant director
Barry Langley .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
John Allenby .... property master
Mark Fruin .... stand-by props
Paul Hedges .... stand-by props
Michael Murchan .... construction manager (as Mick Murchan)
Paul Purdy .... storeman
Mark Raggett .... assistant art director
Peter Rutherford .... production buyer
Robert Voysey .... plasterer
John Wells .... dressing props
 
Sound Department
Christopher Ackland .... sound effects editor
Kevin Brazier .... assistant sound editor
Roy Charman .... sound recordist
Ian Fuller .... sound editor
Jim Howe .... assistant sound editor
Ray Merrin .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Ric O'Connor .... assistant sound editor
George Rice .... sound maintenance
Bill Rowe .... re-recording mixer
John Salter .... boom operator
Andy Stears .... assistant sound editor
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Adrian Trent .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Dave Crownshaw .... special effects technician
Bob Thorne .... special effects technician
Dave Eltham .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Alf Joint .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Arnold .... focus puller
Graham Attwood .... still photographer
Vincent Douglas .... video assistant
Brian Ellis .... first assistant camera
Nigel Ellis .... second assistant camera
Martin Evans .... gaffer
John Flemming .... key grip
Paul Kenward .... clapper loader
Ray Meehan .... best boy electric
Billy Merrell .... electrician
John Ward .... Steadicam operator
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Jane Arnell .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judy Bagley-Shaw .... wardrobe assistant (as Judy Bagley)
Brian Cox .... wardrobe master
Barbara Rutter .... assistant costume designer
James Smith .... wardrobe assistant (as Jimmy Smith)
Terry Smith .... wardrobe supervisor
Susie Stokes .... wardrobe assistant
Frank Vinall .... wardrobe assistant
Heather Williams .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Adrian Trent .... second assistant editor
 
Location Management
Paul Madigan .... location manager
 
Music Department
Patrick Moore .... music editor
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Kim Richards .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Craig Barwick .... assistant accountant
Julie Davies .... production runner
Bill Edwards .... publicist
Sheila Falconer .... choreographer
David Grimsdale .... post synch editor
Mary Holdsworth .... script supervisor
Lesley Keane .... assistant to producer
Simon Kimmel .... production runner
Guy Levesley .... production runner
Kate Littlewood .... assistant to director
Jimmy Lodge .... horse master
Simon McNair Scott .... production runner
Frank Prochaska .... historical advisor
Monica Rogers .... production coordinator
Bernard Spence .... production accountant
Yvonne Spence .... assistant accountant
Geraldine Stephenson .... choreographer
Stephen Woolfenden .... runner (uncredited)
 

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136 min
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Final British film shot by veteran English cinematographer Douglas Slocombe. The picture was also the penultimate film overall lensed by Slocombe, whose final film as a D.O.P. was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) about three years later.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Although the movie clearly has rewritten history to make a romance, in reality Jane and Guilford never lived in their own home, nor did they ever live as man and wife in the short time they were together; within a month of the marriage Jane was crowned Queen (and refused to crown Guilford King), and 9 days later they were both in prison, lodged in separate towers, and never had contact again.See more »
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Jane:When I see your face again, I want it for all eternity.See more »
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25 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Interesting Look At The Political Intrigues Of The Tudor Court, 27 February 2002
Author: sddavis63 (revsdd@gmail.com) from Durham Region, Ontario, Canada

For anyone interested in the history of England's Tudor dynasty, this is definitely a must-see film. The most famous of the Tudors are King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, but this film offers up a look at the intrigues within the court in the period between Henry's death and Elizabeth's accession, as Catholic Princess Mary strives to gain the throne after the death of her Protestant brother King Edward VI. The religious divisions caused by Henry VIII's embrace of the Reformation are well documented and believably portrayed.

Helena Bonham Carter plays the title role - Lady Jane Grey - cousin of the young King Edward and a fanatical Protestant who is manouvered into taking the throne after Edward's death at the age of 15. Jane - also 15 - is at first overwhelmed by the thought of being Queen, but then embraces the throne. Her immaturity, however, and wilfullness (not surprisingly for a 15 year old) get the better of her and lead to her downfall after only nine days on the throne, and Mary's accession. Carter was excellent in this role. Cary Elwes also offered up a strong performance as Guilford Dudley, whom Jane is forced to marry against her will, but whom she falls passionately in love with. The supporting cast included performances - all of them quite good - by Sara Kestelman as Jane's mother Frances, Patrick Stewart as her father Henry, John Wood as the Duke of Northumberland (Guilford's father), Warren Saire as the young King Edward, and - playing this role absolutely perfectly - Michael Hordern as Dr. Feckenham, confessor to Princess Mary. In fact, there really wasn't a sub-par performance in this movie.

It isn't perfect, mind you. It's a little bit too long, and I found myself, particularly in the last hour or so, wondering when it would end. Some of the history is questionable. Many historians think that neither Jane nor Edward were as innocent in the plot to keep Mary from the throne as the movie portrays them, and the love story between Jane and Guilford is, as I understand it, largely fictional. But the basics are quite correct, the behind the scenes plotting believably portrayed and the religious struggle of the time absolutely authentic. It's well worth watching this movie if you are interested in this period of English history.

7/10.

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