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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mary, Queen of Scots
... Queen Elizabeth
... James Stuart
... Henry, Lord Darnley
... Lord Bothwell
... William Cecil
... Robert Dudley
... David Riccio
... Ruthven
Tom Fleming ... Father Ballard
Katherine Kath ... Catherine De Medici
Beth Harris ... Mary Seton
Frances White ... Mary Fleming
Bruce Purchase ... Morton
Brian Coburn ... Huntly
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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 23. 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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Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »

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28 March 1972 (UK)  »

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Maria Stuart, Königin von Schottland  »

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Trivia

When Alexander Mackendrick was set to direct, Oliver Reed was to play James Stuart. See more »

Goofs

The meeting between Queen Elizabeth I of England and Queen Mary I of Scotland in the borderlands has no basis in any factual account of these rulers. However, it is stated in the film that the meeting is secret, and never mentioned even to Elizabeth's closest advisers. See more »

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[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 »

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Vivre et Mourir
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Music by John Barry
Sung by Vanessa Redgrave
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Some License With Facts But It Captures the Mood and the Personas...
26 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

I've read a lot of the other reviews of this movie and have to add my two cents here. Anybody critical of Glenda Jackson's portrayal of Elizabeth I is just plain wrong! If there is such a thing as reincarnation I suggest that Elizabeth came back as Glenda...not only were many of her lines historically accurate but Glenda has captured the conflict, the caprice, the indecisiveness, the intellect, the willpower, shrewdness and the brilliance of Elizabeth. Her portrayal of England's greatest queen is matched only by her own portrayal of the queen in "Elizabeth R." I guess that a trained shakespearean actress, like Glenda has been immersed in all things Elizabethan and reflects the time in general. Vanessa Redgrave, although a bit too old for the role of Mary in the earlier part of the movie did a good job at capturing Mary's character as well. The movie does well to illustrate the contrast between the women and why one was so successful, the other not. It takes license with history in that Elizabeth and Mary never met and Mary's captivity was almost two decades long. In my view one contrast, whether intentional or not, is that Mary is made to be a much more sympathetic character than Elizabeth--it seems to stress the womanliness of Mary and coldness of Elizabeth and it does quote the historically accurate line about her being barren, I think to reinforce this unfortunate contrast. Elizabeth was far more complex than portrayed and Mary was close to being an empty-headded ninny, at least in the political sense. The movie has beautiful scenery and some great shots. Well worth the watching.


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