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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What if you could have everything you ever wanted? What if all you had to do was betray the sister you loved? See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

29 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deux soeurs pour un roi  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$26,814,957 (USA) (18 April 2008)

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One month before filming began, Natalie Portman began daily classes to master the English accent under dialect coach Jill McCullough. See more »


Although Mary is referred to in the film as the younger sister, most historians today are convinced that she was the eldest girl. Her date of birth is circa 1499, while Anne is believed to have been born in the early 1500s (historians continually debate between 1501 and 1507). The book that the film is based on was written with Mary as the younger sister, so the film itself makes no mistake in this arrangement. See more »


Anne Boleyn: [happily to her sister] Younger than me, more beautiful than me, married before me. I'm eclipsed! I'm the other Boleyn girl.
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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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