Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG-13 for some violence

Sex & Nudity

  • No actual sex or nudity, but two male characters discuss their romantic relationship while in bed together. Multiple extramarital affairs are referred to or depicted in brief, mild form. A man treats his wife roughly when she resists his advances in their volatile marriage.

Violence & Gore

  • The film culminates with an offscreen execution by beheading; the axe is seen coming down.
  • A man is murdered by being stabbed by several assailants over 50 times.
  • A man is murdered by strangling with a rope, after he escapes an attempt to kill him by blowing up his house with gunpowder.
  • A pregnant woman is handled roughly while being taken prisoner.
  • A man is seen after being tortured in a dungeon, and is heard screaming.
  • A woman harshly slaps a man she is romantically involved with out of jealousy over his compliments about another woman.


  • Several references to bastard children (including adults referring to themselves). One character calls another a whore.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Smoking: None
  • No recreational drugs, as the film is set in the late 16th century. Some wine drinking, particularly to celebrate a wedding; a man is given a glass of wine which has been drugged to make him unconscious.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man who has contracted a venereal disease is seen with his face covered in bandages. When he removes the bandage, numerous sores are visible on his face.
  • A teenager with a serious ear infection is seen in agony and heard screaming in pain; the infection causes a fatal brain affliction.
  • A man is thrown from his horse on the beach, and is briefly unconscious.
  • Dead bodies of messengers are seen on horseback after they have been captured and killed.
  • Much of the plot revolves around religious conflicts and wars between Catholics and Protestants in 16th-century Europe, with various characters being called papists and heretics, and being assaulted and abused for their faith.
  • A woman deals with the deaths of three husbands over a period of two decades. Different characters deal with the deaths of a mother and a son.

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