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Elizabeth (1998)

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The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director:

Shekhar Kapur

Writer:

Michael Hirst
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 33 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liz Giles Liz Giles ... Female Martyr
Rod Culbertson Rod Culbertson ... Master Ridley
Paul Fox ... Male Martyr
Terence Rigby ... Bishop Gardiner
Christopher Eccleston ... Duke of Norfolk
Peter Stockbridge Peter Stockbridge ... Palace Chamberlain
Amanda Ryan ... Lettice Howard
Kathy Burke ... Queen Mary Tudor
Valerie Gale Valerie Gale ... Mary's Dwarf
George Antoni George Antoni ... King Philip II of Spain (as George Yiasoumi)
James Frain ... Alvaro de la Quadra
Jamie Foreman ... Earl of Sussex
Edward Hardwicke ... Earl of Arundel
Cate Blanchett ... Elizabeth I
Emily Mortimer ... Kat Ashley
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Storyline

This film details the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, as played by Cate Blanchett. The main focus is the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley. Written by CharmedGirl47

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Absolute power demands absolute loyalty. See more »


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Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Robert Dudley (Joseph Fiennes) recites "My true love hath my heart" to Queen Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett), a sonnet written by Sir Philip Sidney, son-in-law of Sir Francis of Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush), trusted advisor to the Queen. See more »

Goofs

John Ballard was part of the Babington Plot of 1586 to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. Ballard was executed in that year. This occurred during the period set in the sequel movie "Elizabeth: The Golden Age". Elizabeth was 53 at the time of the plot. See more »

Quotes

Norfolk: So cut off my head, and make me a martyr. The people will always remember it.
Walsingham: No... they will forget.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Memo to the Academy - 1999 (1999) See more »

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from "Enigma Variations"
Composed by Edward Elgar (as Sir Edward Elgar)
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Who can tell for sure how it really was?
3 May 1999 | by luliaSee all my reviews

I just watched Elizabeth, for the second time and once again I was ...what would be the word...moved? Not in the teary-eyed sense, but in a way that makes you want to read more about Elizabeth I.

However, I have read other comments and two things occurred to me. First, that many people (brilliant scholars or erudite people whom I respect) pretend that "it did not look that way" or " it did not happen that way", such and such. Who are you to tell? History is not an exact science, it is a HUMAN way to try and keep in touch with the events that shaped the world we live in. Being interested in history and costume history myself, nothing STRIKE me as BLATANTLY anachronistic. I think that Mr. Kapur primarily wanted to illustrate Elizabeth's rise to power, not her entire reign, which would take several films. His film is an account of an episode of English history, not a chronic on life in Tudor England, hence the lack of filth and lice, as someone mentioned... The second element is a more personal one, that in fact came to my mind while watching the film: how could Cate Blanchett lose the Oscar to Gwyneth Paltrow, of all people?! Her performance in Shakespeare in Love was charming, no less but no more. I think that trying to catch the conscience of a queen, to make an illustrious historic figure come to life is far more difficult than playing William Shakespeare's (fictitious) love interest.

It was my humble opinion, and I wanted to share it with other IMDB users.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$275,131, 8 November 1998

Gross USA:

$30,082,699

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,150,642
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1.85 : 1
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