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The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  29 February 2008 (USA)
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Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

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A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII. Written by Marisa_Gabriella

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In a time when a woman's destiny was determined by her father, one sister followed the rules. The other defied them. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content and some violent images | See all certifications »

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29 February 2008 (USA)  »

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Deux soeurs pour un roi  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,203,061 (USA) (29 February 2008)

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$26,814,957 (USA) (18 April 2008)
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Initially, the movie characterizes Mary as innocent and morally upright. She had spent time in France, and was reputed to have had several affairs. One reason Henry only wanted Mary as a mistress was because he considered her a whore. See more »

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At the end of the film, after Mary goes to her mother to take Elizabeth, she switches from carrying the child laying in her arms in the shots from the front to carrying her on her hip in the shots from behind. See more »

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Lady Elizabeth: When was it that people stopped thinking of ambition as insane and started thinking of it as a virtue?
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A Film Worth Seeing for the Issues of Gender
1 March 2008 | by (Twin Cities, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

The Other Boleyn Girl is a compelling film due to the exceptional performances and the splendid costumes. Additionally, there is simply a terrific story told about the relationship of Henry VIII and the two Boleyn sisters, Anne and Mary.

Natalie Portman (Anne) and Scarlett Johansson (Mary) are outstanding as characters engaged in both sibling rivalry and sisterly bonding. In the central relationship of the sisters, the film develops the social roles and imposed limitations on women in Tudor England.

One of the film's most moving character portrayals is the mother of the two Boleyn Sisters. In the heartbreaking performance of Kristin Scott Thomas, Elizabeth Boleyn can only watch helplessly as her daughters become pawns of the greedy men (Thomas Boleyn and the Duke of Norfolk), who use the young women much like pimps in order to line their pockets and further their own advancement at court. Another sterling aspect of the film is the portrayal of Katherine of Aragon (Ana Torent), another victim of the men due to the obsessive pursuit of Henry VIII to beget a male heir, leading to his momentous divorce from Katherine and England's break with the church of Rome.

While commentators may point out the omissions of many of the details from the novel by Philippa Gregory, the film is still true to the spirit of the book. It is also a faithful representation of the role of women in Tudor age. The film effectively presents the gender issues from the perspective of many of the remarkable women of the age along with the reminder of the greatest legacy of Anne Boleyn, which was the indirect result of her relationship of Henry VIII. That legacy was the future ruler of England...and also a woman: Elizabeth I.


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