The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son King Edward VI is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a scheming minister John Dudley marries off his son, Guilford, to Lady Jane Grey, whom he places on the throne after Edward dies. At first hostile to each other, Guilford and Jane fall in love. But they cannot withstand the course of power which will lead to their ultimate downfall.Written by
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Cary Elwes' grandfather, Simon Elwes, was known for painting portraits of members of British high society, and was friends with Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Helena Bonham Carter played Elizabeth in The King's Speech. See more »
Through the movie John Dudley and everyone else keeps referring to Guilford as the last of three sons, the true Guilford was the 4th of the 5 sons of John and Jane Guildford Dudley to survive infancy. The 5 sons were, in order of age, John, Ambrose, Robert, Guildford, and Henry. At the time of the marriage negotiations Guildford was the eldest unmarried son of John Dudley and nearest to Jane Grey in age.
John Dudley's 5 sons were all arrested after their father's fall from power. The eldest son John became ill during his imprisonment and died within days of being released. Ambrose survived and regained the family title of Earl of Warwick; he was the only Dudley son to leave surviving legitimate heirs. Robert fought under Queen Mary's husband Philip of Spain at St Quentin and went on to become Queen Elizabeth's favorite and gained the title of Earl of Leicester. Guildford was of course executed hours before his wife Lady Jane. Henry also fought under Philip of Spain and died in battle. See more »
When I see your face again, I want it for all eternity.
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It's hard for me to be objective about this film as I find both the main actors so divine, but I thought the portrayal of the developing romance extremely moving, by the time the film ended I was sobbing, and I say that about almost NO movie.
The cinematography was stunning, both indoor and outdoor shots were beautifully visualised and captured. The sets and costumes also were extremely well done.
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