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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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
In the scene introducing Elizabeth and Robert Dudley, he is singing a song he says was composed by Henry VIII for her mother, Anne Boleyn. When Elizabeth asks how her mother liked it, Dudley says that Anne replied by asking Henry how his wife (Catherine of Aragon) liked it. In the film, Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), which was also directed by Charles Jarrott, this same song is performed at a banquet by Henry VIII (Richard Burton), who asks Anne Boelyn (Geneviève Bujold) how she likes the song. Anne replies "How does your wife like it?" See more »
Mary is seen enjoying a late-morning cup of hot chocolate in bed (and even requesting it when she is a prisoner) despite this not being a popular drink in the British Isles until well into the 18th century. See more »
I am not a die-hard fan of Miss Redgrave's, but I will acknowledge her talent as one of our finest actresses of our day. Her portrayal of Mary of Scotland is brilliant. The cast is excellent and you will find yourself engrossed in a history lesson before you realize it. Even the portrayal of John Knox is as accurate as one can get by delving into the archives. I found myself transported back into Tudor England with one of the most dysfunctional families of all time, Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary of Scotland. Both women were anointed Queens which lends to a problem situation that many did not consider for the English Hierarchy.
With both cast and acting shimmered in excellence, you will not be disappointed in this film.
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