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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:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£166,174 (UK) (2 October 1998)

Gross:

$30,012,990 (USA) (7 May 1999)
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Trivia

Christopher Eccleston's character the Duke of Norfolk doesn't actually do much in the film, despite being the principal villain. So, in order to create a sense of action for him, the director chose to show Norfolk in motion as much as possible. 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 »

Quotes

Queen Mary: Why will you not confess your crimes against me?
Elizabeth: Because, Your Majesty, I have committed none.
Queen Mary: You speak with such sincerity. I see you are still a consummate actress. My husband is gone. They have poisoned my child. They say it is a tumor.
[Moans in pain]
Elizabeth: Madam, you are not well.
Queen Mary: They say this cancer will make you queen, but they are wrong. Look there, it is your death warrant. All I need do is sign it.
Elizabeth: Mary, if you sign that paper you will be murdering your own sister.
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Connections

Version of Elizabeth (2011) See more »

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Nimrod
from "Enigma Variations"
Composed by Edward Elgar (as Sir Edward Elgar)
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Creative camera work
15 December 1998 | by (Albuquerque, NM, USA) – See all my reviews

During the opening credits the camera hovers high above three people being burned at the stake, what an angle, as the fire consumes them in a maelstrom. The cineamatography was so incredibly creative, very Hitchcockian. One need not possess any knowledge of history to make sense of the plot and story. Like a good mystery there were subtle nuances. Glances between characters that foreshadowed events and interactions to come, such as the woman that betrays Norfolk, and the child that inadvertently reveals his father's hiding place. The story wasn't exactly historically accurate, but it got my 15-year-old interested in Elizabethen England. Call it artistic license. The movie was so lush, so complex that I easily saw it twice without becoming bored. Terrific acting, fabulous costumes, great staging.


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