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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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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)  »

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Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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£166,174 (UK) (2 October 1998)

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$30,012,990 (USA) (7 May 1999)
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The costuming and shot composition of the coronation scene is based on Elizabeth's coronation portrait. For example, Elizabeth is shown wearing her hair long. This is historically accurate, as the real Elizabeth was giving the public a sign of her virginity. See more »

Goofs

As Walsingham is speaking with Mary of Guise, she is holding a table knife up to her lips, and is playing with it by rotating the handle. The camera then switches to a shot from behind her head and the knife is oriented the other direction. Then, as they continue speaking, the camera shot returns to the original angle and the knife handle is reoriented back to the original hand. See more »

Quotes

Arundel: War is a sin, but sometimes, a necessary one.
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Referenced in Searching for Debra Winger (2002) See more »

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Te Deum
Composed by Thomas Tallis
Performed by St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
Conducted by George Guest
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Who can tell for sure how it really was?
3 May 1999 | by (Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

I just watched Elizabeth, for the second time and once again I was ...what would be the word...moved? Not in the teary-eyed sense, but in a way that makes you want to read more about Elizabeth I.

However, I have read other comments and two things occurred to me. First, that many people (brilliant scholars or erudite people whom I respect) pretend that "it did not look that way" or " it did not happen that way", such and such. Who are you to tell? History is not an exact science, it is a HUMAN way to try and keep in touch with the events that shaped the world we live in. Being interested in history and costume history myself, nothing STRIKE me as BLATANTLY anachronistic. I think that Mr. Kapur primarily wanted to illustrate Elizabeth's rise to power, not her entire reign, which would take several films. His film is an account of an episode of English history, not a chronic on life in Tudor England, hence the lack of filth and lice, as someone mentioned... The second element is a more personal one, that in fact came to my mind while watching the film: how could Cate Blanchett lose the Oscar to Gwyneth Paltrow, of all people?! Her performance in Shakespeare in Love was charming, no less but no more. I think that trying to catch the conscience of a queen, to make an illustrious historic figure come to life is far more difficult than playing William Shakespeare's (fictitious) love interest.

It was my humble opinion, and I wanted to share it with other IMDB users.


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