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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)  »

Also Known As:

Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£166,174 (UK) (2 October 1998)

Gross:

$30,012,990 (USA) (7 May 1999)
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According to an interview with director Shekhar Kapur in the dvd special features, Cate Blanchett was chosen to portray Elizabeth after he saw her in several scenes of a promotional video for the movie Oscar and Lucinda. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film when Elizabeth is being arrested, she is addressed as "Princess Elizabeth". She was stripped of the title 'Princess' when Anne Boleyn was executed and called 'lady'. Mary Tudor made certain that distinction was maintained during her reign as she followed Catholic Law and considered Elizabeth a bastard. See more »

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Norfolk: The Queen!
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Referenced in Wonderland (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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