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
The card before the end credits states, "Elizabeth reigned for another 40 years... Walsingham remained her most trusted and loyal adviser to the end". By "the end", the film-makers apparently mean Sir Francis Walsingham's death, as he died in 1590, 13 years before the Queen. Whatever his loyalty, Elizabeth tended to resist his advice, most famously regarding the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. See more »
Elizabeth has flashbacks to the Bishop shouting "You'll be damned for this!". But the Bishop shouted this at Walsingham, not Elizabeth. See more »
When you are Queen...
I am not...
I am not Queen yet!
You will be. Elizabeth, Queen of England. A court to worship you, a country to obey you, poems written celebrating your beauty, music composed in your honor, and they will mean nothing to you. I will mean nothing to you.
How could you ever be nothing to me? Robert, you know you are everything to me.
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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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