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Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

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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.

Director:

Charles Jarrott

Writer:

John Hale (original screenplay)
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Mary, Queen of Scots
Glenda Jackson ... Queen Elizabeth
Patrick McGoohan ... James Stuart
Timothy Dalton ... Henry, Lord Darnley
Nigel Davenport ... Lord Bothwell
Trevor Howard ... William Cecil
Daniel Massey ... Robert Dudley
Ian Holm ... David Riccio
Andrew Keir ... Ruthven
Tom Fleming Tom Fleming ... Father Ballard
Katherine Kath Katherine Kath ... Catherine De Medici
Beth Harris Beth Harris ... Mary Seton
Frances White Frances White ... Mary Fleming
Bruce Purchase ... Morton
Brian Coburn Brian Coburn ... Huntly
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Storyline

Mary Stuart, named Queen of Scotland when she was six days old, is the last Roman Catholic ruler of Scotland. Her cousin Elizabeth Tudor, Queen of England, and her arch adversary, has her imprisoned at age twenty-three. Nineteen years later, Mary is executed, removing the last threat to Elizabeth's throne. The two Queens' contrasting personalities make a dramatic counterpoint to history. Written by alfiehitchie

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The Drama of the proud and passionate women of history, portrayed by the screen's most exciting actresses. An entertainment MUST!! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Maria Stuart, Königin von Schottland See more »

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (world premiere)| Mono (35 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (some 35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gone with the Wind (1939) Producer David O. Selznick owned the rights for many years. Veteran Director Alexander Mackendrick had been trying to set it up for many years. In April 1969, he was finally set to go, with Mia Farrow starring, a James Kennaway script, and sets built at Pinewood, when Universal, burdened by heavy losses, cancelled all of its European productions. See more »

Goofs

When Mary returned to Scotland, she landed at the port of Leith, not on a beach. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Francis - King of France: [screams] La Vierge!
Mary, Queen of Scots: What is it? What is it?
Francis - King of France: My head! My head!
Mary, Queen of Scots: Be still, be still, put your head down.
Francis - King of France: Please, help me.
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Follows Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Vivre et Mourir
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Music by John Barry
Sung by Vanessa Redgrave
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What a magnificent film!
26 July 2006 | by aussiebrisguySee all my reviews

Even though Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, Queen of England never met, this is a brilliant film. Vanessa Redgrave is perfect in the role of Mary. She is such a wonderful actress. She plays the Scottish Queen in all her arrogance and deviousness. She looks and sounds magnificent throughout. Glenda Jackson is magnificent as Elizabeth I. She is so powerful and such a clever actress. What a great loss it is that she became a politician. Her great scene with Redgrave must be one of the classics of acting between two great actresses. Timothy Dalton is great as the devious and weak fop Lord Darnley and Nigel Davenport is incredible as the rugged Earl of Bothwell. The casting gets better with Trevor Howard as William Cecil, Ian Holm as David Rizzio and Patrick McGoohan as the half-brother James Stuart. Katherine Kath is suitably odious as Queen Catherine de Medici and Vernon Dobtcheff is highly suitable as the Duke of Guise, Mary's manipulative Uncle. Robert Fox is absolutely right as John Knox. The script is very clever, the scenery magnificent and the costumes incredible.


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