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Elizabeth (1998)

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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Declared illegitimate aged 3. Tried for treason aged 21. Crowned Queen aged 25. 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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£166,174 (United Kingdom), 4 October 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$275,131, 8 November 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,082,699

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,150,642
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When Shekhar Kapur first boarded the project, the screenplay was at draft 4. The final shooting script was 12A. See more »

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The movie shows Kat Ashley as being about the same age as Elizabeth when in actuality she was much older than Elizabeth was. See more »

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Lord Robert: For God's sake, you are still my Elizabeth.
Elizabeth: I am not your Elizabeth. I am no man's Elizabeth. And if you think to rule, you are mistaken.
Elizabeth: [to all]
Elizabeth: I will have one mistress here... and no master.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Rondeas I and VII
from "Dansereyr" 1551
Composed by Tylman Susato
Performed by New London Consort
Conducted by Philip Pickett
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Corny, Cliched and Boring.
7 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the worst films I have ever seen and one of only three ever that I have almost walked out of!

Shekar Kapur's Bollywood style may be ideal for an Indian story like Bandit Queen, but here it comes across as pulling out all the lighting and camera cliches in the business.

Elizabeth has one of the most fantastic casts ever assembled - and they're all awful (with the possible exception of Cate Blanchett and John Gielgud - who in any case only has a 30 second non-speaking part)! If only they had underplayed it, or shown a degree of subtlety, then this might have been so much better. Such a shame to see great old actors like Richard Attenborough embarrassing himself, and great younger ones like Christopher Ecclestone so over the top. Joseph Fiennes is just bad!

The most serious problem is that this movie is just tediously boring. No plot, and nothing to hold my interest for so long.

I can't see what the fuss is about this one, and think that the makers must consider themselves very lucky they got away with some acclaim out of this one - let alone their careers!


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