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Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to rule as queen, to the chagrin of Elizabeth I of England who finds her a dangerous rival. There is much ado over whom Mary shall marry; to her later regret, she picks effete Lord Darnley over the strong but unpopular Earl of Bothwell. A palace coup leads to civil war and house arrest for Mary; she escapes and flees to England, where a worse fate awaits her.Written by
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Opening credits: "Like two fateful stars, Mary Stuart and Elizabeth Tudor appeared in the sixteenth century, to reign over two great nations in the making ... They were doomed to a life-and-death struggle for supremacy, a lurid struggle that still shines across the pages of history ... But today, after more than three centuries, they sleep side by side, at peace, in Westminster Abbey."
My comment is not positive, therefore it will be brief. This story is far away from the real one. In the film Bothwell is not the ambitious man whom Mary loved, the relationship of Mary with her English "sister" is touched shallowly showing Elizabeth, the queen, as an evil but avoiding to show the complexity of the English - Scotish problem at that time and the influence of France on the ongoing events there. Moray, the Mary's half brother, was a very smart man and knew how to move himself with his well invented intrigues, in the film one cannot see much of that. The film was made to show Mary as a heroe, killed because England wanted to do that. Very simple, in my opinion, and not good for educating on history the new generation. Katharine Hepburn played well the role given to her, Fredric March and John Carradine performances were poor.
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