A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

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This film details the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, as played by Cate Blanchett. The main focus is the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley. Written by CharmedGirl47

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Absolute power demands absolute loyalty. See more »


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Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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19 February 1999 (USA)  »

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Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£166,174 (UK) (2 October 1998)

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$30,012,990 (USA) (7 May 1999)
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One of three occasions in his film career where John Gielgud played a pope. The other two were The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), where he played the fictional Pope Pius XIII, and The Scarlet and the Black (1983), where he played the real-life Pope Pius XII. See more »

Goofs

Walsingham never went to Scotland during the period the film covers and never killed Mary de Guise. She died of dropsy. In fact Walsingham later went to Scotland to ensure James VI's succession of Elizabeth to the English throne. Walsingham is also portrayed as older than Elizabeth in the movie, but they were about the same age. See more »

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Sussex: Princess Elizabeth. You are accused of conspiring with Sir Thomas Wyatt and others against Her Sovereign Majesty, and are arrested for treason. I have been commanded to take you hence from this place... to the Tower.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Memo to the Academy - 1999 (1999) See more »

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from "Enigma Variations"
Composed by Edward Elgar (as Sir Edward Elgar)
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My favorite film of 1998!
9 December 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Cate Blanchett's performance was awe-inspiring and has made me a fan for life. She should have won the Oscar in 1998.

Terrific performances from the other principal actors, excellent costume/art direction and cinematography, a good script (if you can relax any standards of strict historiography you might have, if any) and well-paced direction and editing make for a terrific period piece.

I loved this movie and raved about it for weeks afterward.


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