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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 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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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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They used every passion in their incredible duel....and every man in their savage games of intrigue! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Jane Fonda, Mia Farrow, and Sophia Loren were the first choices to play Mary. Vanessa Redgrave was the fourth choice. Dame Maggie Smith was in talks, but plans fell through. 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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Connections

Referenced in Columbo: Identity Crisis (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Vivre et Mourir
(uncredited)
Music by John Barry
Sung by Vanessa Redgrave
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great film
22 July 2019 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

Each film about Mary Stuart has,as heart, the duel between the queen of Scots and her cousin, Elisabeth. This movie is not an exception and the duel between Glenda Jackson and Vanessa Redgrave is just superb. But the great performance of each of them is only key to large, precise and seductive rebuild of the Elisabethan era. At the level of fine detail. The tension, the duties, the proofs, the words and the fear in colors of fury. All is in its scenes. And more. Because it is not only a beautiful film. First, for the work of the lead actresses, it is a memorable one.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Maria Stuart, Königin von Schottland See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,325,818
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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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