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Peter Morgan (screenplay)
Philippa Gregory (novel)
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Release Date:
29 February 2008 (USA) See more »
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The only thing that could come between these sisters... is a kingdom. See more »
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Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Natalie Portman ... Anne Boleyn

Scarlett Johansson ... Mary Boleyn

Eric Bana ... Henry Tudor

Jim Sturgess ... George Boleyn

Mark Rylance ... Sir Thomas Boleyn

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Lady Elizabeth Boleyn

David Morrissey ... The Duke of Norfolk

Benedict Cumberbatch ... William Carey

Oliver Coleman ... Henry Percy

Ana Torrent ... Katherine of Aragon

Eddie Redmayne ... William Stafford
Tom Cox ... Rider

Michael Smiley ... Physician

Montserrat Roig de Puig ... Lady in Waiting

Juno Temple ... Jane Parker
Iain Mitchell ... Thomas Cromwell

Andrew Garfield ... Francis Weston (credit only)

Mark Lewis Jones ... Brandon
Corinne Galloway ... Jane Seymour

Alfie Allen ... King's Messenger
Joseph Moore ... Young Henry
Tiffany Freisberg ... Mary Talbot
Bill Wallis ... Archbishop Cranmer

Joanna Scanlan ... Midwife
Brodie Judge ... Young Catherine
Oscar Negus ... Little Henry
Maisie Smith ... Young Elizabeth
Daisy Doidge-Hill ... Young Anne
Kizzy Fassett ... Young Mary
Finton Reilly ... Young George

Emma Noakes ... Maid
Poppy Hurst ... Little Catherine
Constance Stride ... Mary Tudor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stefana Brancastle ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Victoria Bull ... Lady-in-Waiting to Jane Boleyn (uncredited)
Christian Challis ... King's Guard (uncredited)
Gemma Cooper ... French Courtier (uncredited)

Elizabeth Croft ... Lady Duncombe (uncredited)
James Fiddy ... Nobleman (uncredited)

Rebecca Grant ... French Courtier (uncredited)

Marysia Kay ... Mary Boleyn's Maid (uncredited)

Lexie Lambert ... Mary Boleyn's Maid (uncredited)
Shane Nolan ... King's Guard (uncredited)
Mark Smith ... Howard Nobleman (uncredited)
Karol Steele ... Noblewoman (uncredited)
Serena Tona-Wade ... Wench (uncredited)

Emma West ... Maid (uncredited)

Directed by
Justin Chadwick 
 
Writing credits
Peter Morgan (screenplay)

Philippa Gregory (novel)

Produced by
Mark Cooper .... co-producer
Alison Owen .... producer
Jane Robertson .... line producer: additional photography
Scott Rudin .... executive producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Faye Ward .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Cantelon 
 
Cinematography by
Kieran McGuigan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Knight 
Carol Littleton 
 
Casting by
Karen Lindsay-Stewart 
 
Production Design by
John Paul Kelly  (as John-Paul Kelly)
 
Art Direction by
David Allday (supervising art director)
Matthew Gray  (as Matt Gray)
Emma MacDevitt 
Kevin Phipps 
 
Set Decoration by
Sara Wan 
 
Costume Design by
Sandy Powell 
 
Makeup Department
Louise Fisher .... makeup artist
Paul Gooch .... hair stylist
Paul Gooch .... makeup artist
Barbara Olvera .... hair stylist: Ms. Johansson
Peter Owen .... wig designer
Lisa Pickering .... hair stylist
Lisa Pickering .... makeup artist
Ivana Primorac .... hair designer
Ivana Primorac .... makeup designer
Nikita Rae .... makeup artist: Ms. Portman
Heba Thorisdottir .... makeup artist: Ms. Johansson
Christine Whitney .... hair stylist (as Chrissie Whitney)
Christine Whitney .... makeup artist (as Chrissie Whitney)
Suzanne Jansen .... crowd hair stylist (uncredited)
Suzanne Jansen .... crowd makeup artist (uncredited)
Camilla Kirk-Reynolds .... makeup trainee (uncredited)
Andy Seston .... hair trainee (uncredited)
Andy Seston .... makeup trainee (uncredited)
Barbara Taylor .... crowd hair stylist (uncredited)
Barbara Taylor .... crowd makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Tania Blunden .... post-production supervisor
Mally Chung .... unit manager
Adam Moos .... physical production executive
Rachel Neale .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Bennett .... third assistant director
Bryn Lawrence .... third assistant director
Olivia Lloyd .... second assistant director
Alex Oakley .... first assistant director: second unit (as Alexander Oakley)
Samar Pollitt .... second second assistant director (as Sam Pollitt)
Deborah Saban .... first assistant director
Joe Barlow .... assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
Dan Channing-Williams .... third assistant director: crowd (uncredited)
Joey Coughlin .... third assistant director: crowd (uncredited)
Chris Croucher .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Ben Dixon .... second assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
Henry Forsyth .... third assistant director: crowd (uncredited)
Ben Harrison .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Toby Hefferman .... first assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
Paul Mindel .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Paul Sacks .... additional assistant director (uncredited)
Paul Sacks .... assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ken Barley .... hod plasterer (as Kenny Barley)
Gary Crosby .... chargehand painter
Mark Goodman .... stand-by stagehand
David Haberfield .... hod painter (as Dave Haberfield)
Rosie Hardwick .... draughtsperson
Katy Harvey .... stand-by art director
Catherine Haugh .... construction coordinator
Springer Horrill .... property master (as David Springer Horrill)
Dougie Lankston .... dressing props
Thomas Martin .... construction manager
Tom Martin .... construction manager
Dan Maslen .... storyboard artist
John McGee .... stand-by carpenter
John O'Brien .... hod carpenter
Alan Payne .... graphic artist
Sui Rajakaruna .... assistant art director
Claire Nia Richards .... leadman (as Claire Richards)
Sophie Tyler .... assistant set decorator
David Weller .... stand-by rigger (as Dave Weller)
Penny White .... assistant property mistress
Derek Whorlow .... hod stagehand
Eddie Wolstencroft .... stand-by painter
Giles Asbury .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Dean Coldham .... plasterer: reshoots (uncredited)
Chris Cull .... property master: additional photography (uncredited)
Laurent Ferrie .... drapesman (uncredited)
Nick Gottschalk .... art director: additional photography (uncredited)
Rohan Harris .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Stuart Headley-Read .... dressing props: dailies, additional photography (uncredited)
Lee Hedges .... dressing prop daily (uncredited)
Mark Hedges .... dressing prop daily (uncredited)
Shay Leonard .... props key (uncredited)
Niall Moroney .... supervising art director: additional photography (uncredited)
Andrew Palmer .... junior draughtsman (uncredited)
Bill Thomas .... propmaker (uncredited)
Remo Tozzi .... set designer (uncredited)
Oli van der Vijver .... props (uncredited)
Peter Woods .... chargehand dressing prop (uncredited)
Jackie Yau .... assistant buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Burgis .... foley artist (as Pete Burgis)
Daniel Crowley .... boom operator (as Danny Crowley)
Andie Derrick .... foley artist (as Andi Derrick)
Mike Dowson .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Fentum .... foley editor
Paul Govey .... sound re-recording mixer
Arthur Graley .... foley editor
Charlotte Gray .... sound assistant
James Harrison .... sound effects editor
Nigel Heath .... sound re-recording mixer
John Midgley .... production sound mixer
Clive Osborne .... boom operator
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Julian Slater .... supervising sound editor
Mike Stewart .... adr mixer
Ian Wilkinson .... adr editor
Ian Wilkinson .... dialogue editor
Harry Barnes .... additional foley editor (uncredited)
Antony Bayman .... adr recordist (uncredited)
John Casali .... sound mixer: additional shooting (uncredited)
Ed Colyer .... sound mixer (uncredited)
James Corless .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
Gary Dodkin .... boom operator: additional photography (uncredited)
Robert Edwards .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Glen Gathard .... assistant adr & foley mixer (uncredited)
Ashley Haller .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
Chris Murphy .... assistant sound: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Stuart Brisdon .... special effects supervisor
Joseph Geday .... special effects technician
Mark Haddenham .... special effects senior technician
Tez Palmer .... special effects technician (as Terry Palmer)
Nigel Wilkinson .... special effects technician
Paul Clancy .... special effects senior technician (uncredited)
Steve Knowles .... senior special effects technician (uncredited)
Ian Lowe .... senior special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor .... visual effects producer: Moving Picture Company
Jonathan Attenborough .... visual effects lighting technical director: Moving Picture Company (as Jon Attenborough)
Angela Barson .... visual effects supervisor: Moving Picture Company
Stuart Bullen .... compositor: Moving Picture Company
Jon Capleton .... matchmover: Moving Picture Company
Helen Clare .... visual effects production coordinator: Moving Picture Company
Michael Elson .... visual effects executive producer: Moving Picture Company
Martin Hession .... visual effects modeler: Moving Picture Company
John Leonti .... cg supervisor: Moving Picture Company
Elliot Newman .... texture artist: Moving Picture Company
Anthony Peck .... compositor: Moving Picture Company
Ben Perrott .... visual effects artist
Olivier Pron .... digital matte painter: Moving Picture Company
Ollie Rankin .... visual effects animator: Moving Picture Company
Steve J. Sanchez .... compositor: Moving Picture Company (as Steve Sanchez)
Pat Wintersgill .... online editor
Luke Butler .... roto/prep: MPC (uncredited)
Ben Gillingham-Sutton .... paint and rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Ryan Hutchings .... roto/prep artist: MPC (uncredited)
Owen Jones .... matchmove artist (uncredited)
Begoña Lopez .... digital lab producer: MPC (uncredited)
Marlin McGlone .... data operative (uncredited)
Stuart Messinger .... asset department manager: MPC (uncredited)
David Swift .... digital matte artist: MPC (uncredited)
Neil Szymanski .... data operative (uncredited)
Aaron Taylor .... data operative: MPC (uncredited)
Adam Walker .... modeller (uncredited)
Marcus Wood .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Andy Butcher .... horse stunts (uncredited)
Derek Lea .... stunts
Tony Lucken .... stunts
Ally McClelland .... stunt rider
Gerard Naprous .... stunt coordinator
Paul Hornsby .... horse stunts (uncredited)
Paul Hornsby .... horse wrangler (uncredited)
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Alia Bianco .... camera trainee: second unit
Mark Clayton .... gaffer
Russell Diamond .... key grip
Robert Dibble .... focus puller: second unit
Paul Donachie .... camera operator
Jason Dully .... second assistant camera
Russell Ferguson .... first assistant camera
Ian Franklin .... rigging gaffer
Dan Garlick .... second grip
Nicky George .... second assistant camera
Eugene Grobler .... rigging lighting technician
Benny Harper .... best boy electric
Jimmy Harris .... electrician
Peter Hawkins .... head of department rigger
Rory Moles .... HD technician
Tim Morris .... second assistant camera: second unit
Andy Munday .... rigging electrician
Daniel Nightingale .... video assist operator
Gary Parnham .... rigging electrician
Alastair Rae .... Steadicam operator
Alastair Rae .... camera operator
Christopher Raphael .... additional still photographer
Luke Redgrave .... camera operator: second unit
Terry Robb .... electrician
Martin Taylor .... electrician
Olly Tellett .... first assistant camera
David Wall .... chief rigging electrician
Ian Adrian .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Robert Binnall .... camera operator (uncredited)
Steve Evans .... grip (uncredited)
Steve Evans .... grip: "a" camera, second unit (uncredited)
Steve Evans .... grip: "c" camera (uncredited)
Mark Hadley .... assistant camera trainee (uncredited)
Sam Kite .... key rigging electrician (uncredited)
Glen Milner .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Barney Piercy .... camera operator: "c" camera (uncredited)
Barney Piercy .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Snell .... camera trainee (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Anna Cooper .... casting assistant
Ilenka Jelowicki .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeeda Barford .... specialist costume buyer
Sue Casey .... costumer
Annie Hadley .... chief pattern cutter
Helen Ingham .... costumer
Joe Kowalewski .... assistant costume supervisor
Kay Manasseh .... costume buyer
David Otzen .... costumer
Debbie Scott .... assistant costume designer (as Deborah Lynn Scott)
Sunita Singh .... costumer
Clare Spragge .... costume supervisor
Vanessa Woolgar .... wardrobe mistress
Sheara Abrahams .... costume trainee (uncredited)
David Bethell .... costume prop (uncredited)
Barbara Brady .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Simon Brindle .... costume props (uncredited)
Rob Brown .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Melanie Carter .... costume maker (uncredited)
John Cowell .... head costume painter (uncredited)
Naomi Critcher .... jewellery maker (uncredited)
Sally Davis .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Caroline Fallon .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Oliver Garcia .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Rose Gardner .... costume trainee (uncredited)
Vidya Krishnamurthy .... costume assistant: additional photography (uncredited)
Linda Lashley .... costumer (uncredited)
Charlotte Law .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Jane Law .... costumes: Eric Bana and Ana Torent (uncredited)
Rachel Lilley .... costume trainee (uncredited)
Martin Mandeville .... costume coordinator (uncredited)
Stephen Miles .... costume maker (uncredited)
Jacqueline Mulligan .... costume maker (uncredited)
Liannah Pile .... costume trainee (uncredited)
Lora E. Revitt .... junior costume assistant (uncredited)
Sharon Robertson .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Jackie Thomas .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Wyn Vaughan-Humphreys .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Michael Weldon .... costume assistant: additional photography (uncredited)
Dominic Young .... costume maker (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Matthew Bristowe .... digital intermediate supervisor: Moving Picture Company
Hannah Godwin .... post-production coordinator
Jaime Leonard .... on-line editor
Faye Morgan .... post-production coordinator (as Faye Stevens)
Mark Neale .... first assistant editor
Rob Redford .... second assistant editor (as Robert Redford)
Ben Renton .... second assistant editor
Jean-Clement Soret .... digital colorist: Moving Picture Company
Lorene Dewett .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Hanh Nguyen .... editor trainee (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator (as Geoffrey Alexander)
Gary Chester .... score mixer
Gary Chester .... score recording engineer
Matt Dunkley .... orchestrator
Matt Robertson .... music pre-production
James Shearman .... conductor
James Shearman .... orchestrator
Graham Sutton .... music editor
Youki Yamamoto .... music programmer
Paul Cantelon .... musician (uncredited)
Anne Pope .... score consultant (uncredited)
Miroslav Vilímec .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Gary Birmingham .... transportation captain
Jimmy Carruthers .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Alan Emanuel .... unit driver (uncredited)
Lee Isgar .... driver: Scarlett Johansson (uncredited)
Roy Kirkman .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sheara Abrahams .... production assistant
Samantha Barber .... script supervisor assistant: main unit
Andy Brunskill .... assistant: Ms. Owen
Andy Butcher .... horse supplier
Noel Butler .... etiquette coach
Roisin Carty .... dialect coach
Francesca Castellano .... production coordinator
T. Rafael Cimino .... story editor
Andrea Coles .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Taryn Cox .... assistant: Ms. Johansson
Tom Crooke .... location manager
Cathy Doubleday .... script supervisor: additional shoot unit
Caroline Fallon .... production assistant
Elton Farla .... medic
Polly Fletcher .... assistant accountant
Linda Gamble .... unit publicist
Jen Gasson .... assistant: Mr. Bana
Jacquie Glanville .... assistant: Mr. Chadwick
Synnove Godeseth .... production assistant (as Synnöve Godeseth)
Paul Harris .... choreographer
Jo Harrop .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Katie Heller .... assistant: Ms. Portman
Emily Hobbs .... production assistant
Martin Joy .... location manager
Robert Karn .... production assistant
Nathan Kelly .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Adam Klaff .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Rowan Laidlaw .... assistant: Mr. Cooper
Alex Levenson .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Felix Levinson .... production assistant
Joe Lloyd .... stand in: mr banner
Duncan Manning .... chef
Garry Marriott .... medic: second unit (as Gary Marriott)
Garry Marriott .... medic: second unit
Jill McCullough .... dialect coach
Sanaz Missaghian .... assistant production coordinator
Nathan Najor .... adr loop group
Camilla Naprous .... assistant horse master
Nathan Naylor .... loop group coordinator
Emma Owen .... assistant: Mr. Chadwick
Gill Raddings .... animal handler
Norman Campbell Rees .... stand-in: eric banna: reshoots
Lee Robertson .... assistant location manager
Isaac Sananes .... assistant accountant
Shruti Shah .... production controller
Sam Smith .... production assistant
Jayne Spooner .... script supervisor
Ashley Tyas .... title designer: Moving Picture Company
Ben Ward .... production assistant
Rebecca Wolf .... assistant accountant
Jack Yiokoumi .... chef
Alexander Zweig .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Lorraine Bagshaw .... locations runner (uncredited)
Linzi Baltrunas .... location scout (uncredited)
Samantha Barber .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Mona Benjamin .... production coordinator: additional shooting (uncredited)
Charles Bodycomb .... armorer (uncredited)
Finlay Bradbury .... assistant location manager: additional photography (uncredited)
Vicky Chapman .... location assistant (uncredited)
Jonah Coombes .... location manager: pre-production (uncredited)
Rebecca Davis .... daily location assistant (uncredited)
Farnaz Donovan .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Isabelle Duvoisin .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Paul Fischer .... utility stand-in (uncredited)
Tania Gordon .... crowd runner: dailies (uncredited)
Tanya Gordon .... production assistant (uncredited)
Will Haynes .... runner (uncredited)
Dan Hillsdon .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Jérôme Jouneaux .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Jen Lambert .... nurse (uncredited)
Jamie Lengyel .... location manager: additional photography (uncredited)
Sandrine Loisy .... set production assistant: Dailies (uncredited)
James McGrady .... floor runner: additional photography (uncredited)
Louise Melzack .... locations runner (uncredited)
Alex Molden .... production runner: additional photography (uncredited)
Gerard Naprous .... horse master (uncredited)
Michael Northern .... location runner (uncredited)
Ali Paterson .... runner (uncredited)
Holly Pullinger .... accommodation coordinator (uncredited)
Matthieu Rey .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Keleigh Slaight .... production coordinator: Studio (uncredited)
Kelly Taylor-Dias .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
Anna Turner .... locations runner (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content and some violent images
Runtime:
115 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-7 | France:U | Germany:12 (f) | Hong Kong:IIA | Ireland:15A | Malaysia:U | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:PG-12 | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #43291)

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Trivia:
The film never reveals that George Boleyn is a homosexual. In interviews, Jim Sturgess says that George is more like a girl because he is rather catty, and the idea of sleeping with a woman repulsed him. That explains why he was so afraid of sleeping with Anne (besides treachery and incest).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Anne makes her speech on the execution block, a painted metal drainpipe, with metal bands fixing it to the wall, is clearly visible behind her.See more »
Quotes:
Mary Boleyn:[in Henry's bedchamber] So, this is it?... Where the king of England sleeps?
King Henry VIII:And reads and writes. Finds a few moments each day to himself.
Mary Boleyn:[nervously] And yet you invite me here?
King Henry VIII:Because I like you and trust you.
Mary Boleyn:You hardly know me.
King Henry VIII:I have lied to a hundred times a day. Petitioned. Lobbied. One learns how to decifer a face.
[caresses Mary's face]
King Henry VIII:Yours is as the sun. One shouldn't gaze too long.
[pauses]
King Henry VIII:My flattery makes you uncomfortable?... Because compliments in your family are usually for someone else. The elder sister... That's something I understand. What it is to be the second child. Forever in the shadows... I'm making you uncomfortable again.
[...]
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95 out of 126 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes the Truth is Stranger Than Fiction, 16 March 2008
Author: Lauren Hutchison from United States

A quick glimpse at the Tudor family line on Wikipedia will yield hundreds of years of made-for-movie material, but none quite as compelling as the story of Anne Boleyn. Pair a classic story with airy language, beautiful sets and costumes, and some A-list names and you have Oscar magic in the making. Right? Well, not always. We've seen it before and we're not necessarily impressed with royalty anymore. The Other Boleyn Girl offers new perspectives and dramatic angles on the saga of wives that is Henry VIII's legacy, but nearly drowns in melodrama.

And it's not entirely the movie's fault. Boleyn Girl follows the story of both Anne (Natalie Portman) and Mary (Scarlett Johansson) Boleyn and their relationship with the English court. King Henry VIII (Eric Bana) has trouble producing a male heir, so the Boleyn family offers their daughter Anne to bed. When Henry has a hunting accident due to Anne's carelessness, he is nursed and subsequently charmed by innocent Mary. But Mary is already married, so the King promotes her husband and sends the couple to court where he can meet with Mary whenever he pleases. Mary falls in love with Henry and becomes his mistress. Anne, the elder sister, is scorned by what she believes is her sister's ultimate betrayal, and plots revenge. The two continue on in these roles for some time, swapping places in bed with Henry and spurting out babies while their relatives egg them on. This isn't quite how things went down in reality, but the changes are minor and seem necessary to condense the timeline and create at least one sympathetic character.

The Other Boleyn Girl fares best when it's exploring the relationship between Anne and Mary. This isn't the first story of sister rivalry, but the dynamic between Anne and Mary is extraordinarily well-played. Their previous roles and their public images make Portman and Johansson perfect fits. We believe Portman to be intelligent and coy, and Johansson to be naive and desired. More - we believe these roles might be easily reversed. As sisters, their relationship is deeply disturbing: they love each other, they hate each other, they're unable to escape the expectations placed upon them by their family. As an older sister (with an admittedly not-as-screwed-up relationship), I found this portrayal very realistic - rich with emotion and complex meaning.

I wish I could say the rest of the movie was as artful. There's constant allusion and foreshadowing to the Boleyn demise through use of visual and editing metaphors. If some details were twisted, other details might have been cut out - too many tear-filled scenes means that this eventually feels like a soap opera. At one point in the movie, Anne is sent off to France and comes back wearing a very distracting "B" charm, which she sports until the end of the movie. When I finally finished inventing what else "B" might stand for (besides Boleyn, there are plenty of other fits), I wondered about Anne's character. She's now praised as being changed and thus back in play, but I don't see it - she was smart and ambitious before, and only gained a bit of wit during her trip to France - certainly not the drastic change everyone seemed to be making it out to be. There are some very poorly done scenes where supporting cast spell out the politics of the situation for you. This is a little condescending and probably unnecessary, if not repetitive. The costumes are beautiful, but the matching dresses become unbelievable and even plain in places. PETA must have a field day with this movie and its use of fur and meat. You won't get to see Scarlett Johansson naked in this movie, in case you were wondering - just lots of fuzzy sex montages, weirdly full of backlit hair and fur. Katherine of Aragon (Henry VIII's first wife) is given some of the most powerful lines in the movie, but they're delivered with such woodenness that my disappointment must be made known.

The Other Boleyn Girl could be so much more. As a hyper-dramatic costume flick, it does stand out. There's more than meets your eye, and the costarring performances are not to be missed. There's a lot of material to cover in this story, but a simplified script would have helped keep this film farther away from melodrama. Especially with a true story as wild as this, there's not a lot that needs to be changed or added to grip the viewer. Any embellishments verge on destroying believability and creating situations we can't relate to.

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