Queen Margot (1994)
"La reine Margot" (original title)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  9 December 1994 (USA)
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Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pascal Greggory ...
Miguel Bosé ...
Guise (as Miguel Bosè)
Julien Rassam ...
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ...
Condé (as Jean-Philippe Ecoffey)
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The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the Hugenot King Henri of Navarre. Catherine of Medici maintains her behind-the-scenes power by ordering assaults, poisonings, and instigations to incest. Written by Oliver 'Asana' Duex <asana@popgate.tng.oche.de>

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Rated R for nudity, strong sexuality, and for graphic scenes of massacre | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Queen Margot  »

Box Office


DEM 42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,190 (USA) (16 May 2014)


$2,017,346 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was the highest-grossing foreign film in Britain during the year of its release; its box office gross of £600,000, at the time, ranked it amongst the highest grossing foreign films of all time in the UK. See more »


La Mole is shot in the legs and the wounds and bloodstains are visible as he goes to execution. But when Margot views his semi-naked corpse, his legs are unmarked. See more »


La Môle: You smelt of jasmine that morning. I thought: maybe she's ugly under her mask. Or disfigured. But it didn't matter. You wouldn't let me kiss you.
[they kiss]
La Môle: I thought, she's even lonelier than me. She loves as though she is seeking revenge.
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Referenced in Paparazzi (1998) See more »


Performed by Ofra Haza
(Ofra Haza (as Haza) - Goran Bregovic (as Bregovic))
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Magnificent to Behold
1 December 2003 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

Historic epics don't come more epic than this effort from France. It isn't done justice on the small screen, but in the cinema, one can really appreciate the monumental scale of this film. Its source is the novel by Alexandre Dumas about historical events in 16th Century Paris, concerning the Catholic monarchy's attempts to remove the threat of the Huguenot Protestants, culminating in the St Bartholemew's Day massacre of the Heguenots in 1572. In particular, the film focuses on the exploitation of Margot, the sister of the King of France, by her mother Catherine di Medici (the real power behind the throne)to achieve these ends.

Make no mistakes, this film is bathed in blood. The aftermath of the massacre is particularly hard to swallow. However, the caliber of film making here is suburb. The production is quite stunning, in particular Moidel Bickel's excellent costumes. Verna Lisi, as Catherine di Medici, is in top form, cool and magnificent as the power broker Queen Mother. Isabelle Adjani, France's answer to Meryl Streep, has the most wonderful and expressive face, with enormous eyes that radiate the emotions of this complex character.

This film is long, tough going and (shock/horror) it has subtitles! Don't be so easily put off, as this is a film truly worth seeing.

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