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Lady Jane (1986)

The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a ... See full summary »

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Trevor Nunn

Writers:

Chris Bryant (story), David Edgar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Bonham Carter ... Lady Jane Grey
Cary Elwes ... Guilford Dudley
John Wood ... John Dudley, Duke of Nothumberland
Michael Hordern ... Dr. Feckenham
Jill Bennett ... Mrs. Ellen
Jane Lapotaire ... Princess Mary
Sara Kestelman Sara Kestelman ... Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk
Patrick Stewart ... Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk
Warren Saire Warren Saire ... King Edward VI
Joss Ackland ... Sir John Bridges
Ian Hogg ... Sir John Gates
Lee Montague ... Renard, the Spanish Ambassador
Richard Vernon ... The Marquess of Winchester
David Waller David Waller ... Archbishop Cranmer
Richard Johnson ... The Earl of Arundel
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Storyline

The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a scheming minister John Dudley marries off his son, Guildford to Lady Jane Grey, whom he places on the throne after Edward dies. At first hostile to each other, Guildford and Jane fall in love. But they cannot withstand the course of power which will lead to their ultimate downfall. Written by Samantha Santa Maria <TE7441667@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Some of the greatest battles are fought with the heart. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La joven reina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,964, 9 February 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$277,646
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cary Elwes is related to both Guilford Dudley and Lady Jane Grey (on his father's side). Because Dudley and Grey never had children, Elwes is the direct descendant to Dudley and Grey's siblings: Mary Dudley, Guilford's sister, and Katherine Grey, Jane's sister, who was also the wife of Edward Seymour. See more »

Goofs

Although the movie clearly has rewritten history to make a romance, in reality Jane and Guilford never lived in their own home, nor did they ever live as man and wife in the short time they were together; within a month of the marriage Jane was crowned Queen (and refused to crown Guilford King), and 9 days later they were both in prison, lodged in separate towers, and never had contact again. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Ellen: A proverb says that a wonder lasts nine days then the puppy opens his eyes. So... what happens on the tenth day?
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Referenced in As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride' (2001) See more »

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Cheesy as it sounds, I laughed, I cried, and I was awed.
29 October 2002 | by trepidatioSee all my reviews

The first thing to love about this movie is how good it is at being a historical drama. It opens by telling you what has come before, and the ending is made even more poignant (if that is possible) by knowing what will come after. In between, it stays far more authentic than many "historical" movies ever bother to with little apparent effort. This ease is due not only to the gripping bit of history being told, but to the superb acting by all the major players.

While none of the performances are bad, or even mediocre, some bits manage to shine even brighter. Jane Lapotaire as Princess Mary is wonderfully haunted by longing and desperation behind the strong, poised front. Patrick Stewart shows us ever so briefly that his Henry Grey is not only a cold-hearted conspirator and dominating patriarch, but a father who desperate needs to make things right for his little girl. Helena Bonham Carter and Cary Elwes play superbly off each other as Lady Jane Grey and Guilford Dudley, bringing out nuances in each other's performance that cement the core of this beautiful story.


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