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Queen Margot (1994)

La Reine Margot (original title)
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Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.

Director:

Patrice Chéreau

Writers:

Alexandre Dumas (novel), Danièle Thompson (scenario & adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Adjani ... Marguerite de Valois dite La Reine Margot
Daniel Auteuil ... Henri de Navarre
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Charles IX
Vincent Perez ... La Môle
Virna Lisi ... Catherine de Médicis
Dominique Blanc ... Henriette de Nevers
Pascal Greggory ... Anjou
Claudio Amendola ... Coconnas
Miguel Bosé ... Guise (as Miguel Bosè)
Asia Argento ... Charlotte of Sauve
Julien Rassam ... Alençon
Thomas Kretschmann ... Nançay
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Coligny
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ... Condé (as Jean-Philippe Ecoffey)
Albano Guaetta Albano Guaetta ... Orthon
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Storyline

The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the Hugenot King Henri of Navarre. Catherine of Medici maintains her behind-the-scenes power by ordering assaults, poisonings, and instigations to incest. Written by Oliver 'Asana' Duex <asana@popgate.tng.oche.de>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, strong sexuality, and for graphic scenes of massacre | See all certifications »

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Patrice Chereau edited the original cut of the film (roughly 160 minutes) to a shorter 138 minutes for international release. This was due to the disappointing box-office performance in France and the criticism (by, among others, Variety critic Todd McCarthy) of the film as being too violent and often incoherent. The French press were scathing of this 'American censorship' (they described the film as having been 'given a face-lift' for American audiences), but the new version was defended by various French critics being both more coherent whilst also maintaining Chereau's artistic vision. The shorter cut was later released in France too, in the hopes of increasing the film's box-office takings. 20 years later, Chereau slightly re-edited his film again and re-mastered it for a new BluRay release with a running time of 161 minutes. This was one of Chereau's last completed acts before his untimely death, so it can be regarded as the definitive version. See more »

Goofs

In a scene where La Môle and Coconnas are fighting with swords, La Môle cuts Coconnas' forehead with his sword. There is a lot of blood from the wound on his forehead, but when Coconnas falls down, there's no blood on his forehead or his face at all. See more »

Quotes

Charles IX: One who gives life is no longer a mother once she takes that life back.
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Connections

Version of Koroleva Margo (1996) See more »

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Elohi
Performed by Ofra Haza
(Ofra Haza (as Haza) - Goran Bregovic (as Bregovic))
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Prestige Cinema
19 December 1998 | by Johnny BSee all my reviews

Alexandre Dumas should certainly be satisfied with this superb adaptation of his classic. The setting is excellent and it gives a wonderful image of 16th century France. Naturally the highlight of the movie is the re-enactment of the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre. The horrendous scenes of the murders in all their crudity are terrific. The actors did a wonderful job here. Isabelle Adjani is, as usual, terrific. Her nude scenes, depicting the queen's adultery, lust and incestuous affairs are acted in such a way that they are a form of art. Vincent Perez is in one of his best roles - his interpretation of La Môle is second only to his acting in "Indochine". The great Virna Lisi is simply marvellous posing as Cathérine de Médicis - no wonder she won the Best Actress Award at Cannes. She is the ambitious woman par excellence, stopping at nothing to get where she wants, not even if she has to see her sons being killed one by one and sell her daughter in a convenient marriage to unite the Catholics and the Protestants. The others, especially Asia Argento, impersonating the tragic countess Charlotte de Sauve did a good job too. A very well deserved Prix du Jury.


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Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

9 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,985, 11 May 2014

Gross USA:

$1,304,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,318,578
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Dolby SR

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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