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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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Cast

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Helena Bonham Carter ... Lady Jane Grey

Cary Elwes ... Guilford Dudley

John Wood ... John Dudley, Duke of Nothumberland

Michael Hordern ... Doctor 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 ... Doctor 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
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)
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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
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 .... sound 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
 
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
Paul Madigan .... location manager
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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142 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: Though Wyatt's Rebellion was a real plot, its purpose was not to put Jane back on the throne, its purpose was to put her cousin, Elizabeth, on the throne.See more »
Quotes:
[Jane, a Protestant, watches Lady Anne Wharton curtsy and cross herself before holy bread, believed by Catholics to contain the true presence of Christ]
Jane:Why do you curtsy?
Lady Anne:I am curtsying to the Host, my lady. To Him that made us all.
Jane:Oh, I see! So God made you, and the baker, apparently, made God!
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
God is in the details, 3 August 2001

It's difficult to know how to take a film that begins with a history lesson (to the self-important sound of a beating drum, no less) and ends with a quote from Plato. Between the two is a narrative that wants to be both a conventional love story and an unconventional period film. It doesn't quite succeed at either, but for viewers of LADY JANE, the pleasure is in the details, and there are plenty of those.

To first dispense with the glaring historical inaccuracy that lies at the film's center, Lady Jane Grey, the Nine-Day Queen of England in 1553, did not in truth have a passionate love match in her husband, Guilford Dudley. Theirs was an arranged marriage, highly political in nature and masterminded by Dudley's ambitious father, the Duke of Northumberland. In reality, Jane resented and distrusted her husband, who was a spoiled and rather empty-headed young man with none of the high intellectual achievement so prominent in Jane.

For the second dispensation, Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Jane, is still unskilled at acting in this, her first role. She can furrow her brow with admirable dexterity to denote every emotion from confusion to embarrassment to sexual fulfillment, but there's little evidence of much going on behind, in the furrows of an actor's brain. However, since those afore-mentioned details surround her, it becomes fairly easy for a more demanding audience to overlook her callowness.

Now for the details, beginning with everyone else in the cast. Has John Wood ever utilised his supercilious half-smile to better advantage? As Northumberland, he's perfect - driven by the need to consolidate his power when Jane's cousin Edward VI falls into a fatal illness, he conceives a scheme that will require relentless control over nearly everyone at court. While his fellow ministers, all burly toughs, inevitably knuckle under to his combination of silken flattery and outright threats, he's thwarted by two seemingly weak women - Jane and Mary Tudor (played with real grit and bitterness by Jane Lapotaire). It's a tossup whether Wood is better at the threats or at two points of emotional breakdown - one, when he must cast the die and order the agonising prolongation of Edward's death to complete his plans, or when, mud-pelted and dishevelled following his defeat by Mary's army, he ends up in the Tower, where all he can offer to his sons and followers is a weary, `I'm sorry.' It's the rare film where Wood's comic instincts don't get the better of his serious performance - this is one of them.

As Jane's equally controlling parents, Patrick Stewart and Sara Kestelman are almost as good. Stewart's character, the Duke of Suffolk, isn't a bright man, but his pursuit of his ambitions never quite overrides his notion of family honor, and this keeps him sympathetic, as all the supposed villains of the film remain. That's another of the details that deserves cherishing - the refusal to go for simplistic characters. Stewart is especially good when he throws all caution to the wind and raises an army to rescue his daughter, overriding even the objections of his formidable wife.

Other details are in the costuming, the suitably squalid tavern and brothel scenes, the bit where the aristocratic Kestelman chows down on her dinner, gnawing on a greasy chop and wiping her mouth with her sleeve, and the achingly beautiful winter deer hunt that runs under the opening credits. All this and more make up for a downbeat ending and a central failure to come up with a satisfying examination of that most enigmatic of queens, Lady Jane Grey.

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