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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)

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

1998 was the only year that two performers were nominated for Academy Awards for playing the same character in two different films: Judi Dench was nominated (and won) for Best Supporting Actress for playing Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Cate Blanchett was nominated for Best Actress for portraying Elizabeth I in this film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Elizabeth presents her ideas of religious reform to Parliament; the bishops are outraged and begin to argue]
First Bishop: Madam, by this act... by this act, you force us to relinquish our allegiance to the Holy Father.
Elizabeth: How can I force you, Your Grace? I am a woman.
[Bishops laugh]
Elizabeth: I have no desire to make windows into men's souls. I simply ask, can any man, in truth, serve two masters, and be faithful to both?
[Bishops start to argue again]
Bishop #2: Madam, this-this is heresy!
Elizabeth: No, Your Grace, this is... common sense.
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Soundtracks

Te Deum
Composed by Thomas Tallis
Performed by St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
Conducted by George Guest
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User Reviews

Masterful
20 December 1999 | by (North of 0) – See all my reviews

I'm not big on historical dramas, but I saw this because I'm interested in that period. The film is a thing of beauty. The cinematography, lighting, and editing are masterful. The acting is superb: refined, and not overdone as can be the case in these things. Blanchett and Rush are especially good. All in all, a wonderful film.


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