During the sixteenth century, the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots engages in over two decades of religious and political conflict with her cousin, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England, amidst political intrigue in her native land.
When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement.
The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a ... See full summary »
Helena Bonham Carter,
Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Catharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of a young and beautiful woman, Anne Boleyn, whose one-thousand-day reign as Queen of England ends with the loss of her head on the block. Henry weds Anne and soon she gives him a child. The girl, Elizabeth, is a bitter disappointment to Henry, who desperately wants an heir. Anne promises Henry a son "next time", but Henry is doubtful. Shortly thereafter, rumors begin that the King's eye has already wandered. One Jane Seymour is at court for a moment. The Queen has her sent away, but, if Anne will bring Jane back to court, the King promises to sign the Act of Succession to insure that Elizabeth will be Queen.Written by
Richard Burton, who was nominated the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as King Henry VIII in this movie, had won the category that year, he would have been the second actor to do so for playing Henry VIII, and the first to win for playing a role that someone else had already won an Oscar for playing the same character. Charles Laughton played the monarch for The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933), and won the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance. Laughton was not present at the awards ceremony, and so Leslie Howard accepted the award on his behalf. The first two actors to win Oscars for playing the same character were Marlon Brando in The Godfather (1972) and Robert De Niro for The Godfather: Part II (1974), playing mob boss Don Vito Corleone at different ages. See more »
(at around 8 minutes) When Mary Boleyn and her father are talking, a bobby pin can be seen in his hair in the curl just in front of his left ear. See more »
a must see for lovers of history, film, drama and beauty
15 minutes into the movie, you forget that you are not seeing Henry VIII and his soon to be beheaded Queen Anne. The costumes and sets are breathtaking and the end, even tho you know what will happen, still illicits an audible gasp from everyone who sees it for the first time. Along with Lion in Winter and a handful of others, this should be required viewing for every student of history, film and drama.
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