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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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Storyline

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)

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

The card before the end credits states, "Elizabeth reigned for another 40 years... Walsingham remained her most trusted and loyal adviser to the end". By "the end", the film-makers apparently mean Sir Francis Walsingham's death, as he died in 1590, 13 years before the Queen. Whatever his loyalty, Elizabeth tended to resist his advice, most famously regarding the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. 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 »

Quotes

Elizabeth: Kat... I have become a virgin.
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Connections

Referenced in 'Billy Elliot': Breaking Free (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

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