7.5/10
83,365
422 user 141 critic
Trailer
0:30 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
A movie of 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
Reviews
Popularity
2,132 ( 615)

Cate Blanchett Through the Years

Take a look back at Cate Blanchett's movie and TV career in photos.

See more photos

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

Director: Shekhar Kapur
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

Director: Justin Chadwick
Stars: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana
Elizabeth I (TV Mini-Series 2005)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Hugh Dancy, Toby Jones
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Stars: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.

Director: Richard Eyre
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Andrew Simpson
The Duchess (2008)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

Director: Saul Dibb
Stars: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love...

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works.

Director: Peter Webber
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Director: John Madden
Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France.

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Cate Blanchett, James Fleet, Abigail Cruttenden
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Elizabeth I
Geoffrey Rush ... Sir Francis Walsingham
Christopher Eccleston ... Duke of Norfolk
Joseph Fiennes ... Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
Richard Attenborough ... Sir William Cecil
Fanny Ardant ... Mary of Guise
Eric Cantona ... Monsieur de Foix
Vincent Cassel ... Duc d'Anjou
Kathy Burke ... Queen Mary Tudor
Edward Hardwicke ... Earl of Arundel
Emily Mortimer ... Kat Ashley
John Gielgud ... The Pope
Liz Giles Liz Giles ... Female Martyr
Rod Culbertson Rod Culbertson ... Master Ridley
Paul Fox ... Male Martyr
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Declared illegitimate aged 3. Tried for treason aged 21. Crowned Queen aged 25. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£166,174 (United Kingdom), 4 October 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$275,131, 8 November 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,082,699

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,150,642
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the movie that brought largely unknown Cate Blanchett to international attention. See more »

Goofs

Two of Elizabeth's ladies in waiting in the film are called Lettice Howard and Isabel Knollys. In fact Lettice Knollys, Elizabeth's first cousin once removed was one of her ladies in waiting. Knollys went on to marry Robert Dudley. See more »

Quotes

[regarding Elizabeth's impending reign]
Unseen Gentleman: Your Grace, Protestants are already returning from abroad.
Norfolk: Yes. And have made plans to massacre every Catholic in England. There would be butchery indeed if such a plan were even conceivable.
Norfolk's Man: They say Walsingham will return from France.
Norfolk: Walsingham is nothing!
[aside to Norfolk's Man as he is leaving the room]
Norfolk: Be sure he does not.
See more »

Connections

Edited into Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem Aeternam
from "Requiem"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Elizabeth could have unfolded in front of me all day and I would have remained enraptured.
15 December 1998 | by walshioSee all my reviews

England. 1555. Henry VIII has snuffed it from gout or syphilis, it depends on who you read, Bloody Mary's got a tumour and the Catholics' greatest fear is Anne Boleyn's daughter Elizabeth. Director Kapur has brought to the screen some of the most intriguing moments in English history and the result is dazzling.

Following recent grandiose French historical epics, such as the glorious Ridicule, Elizabeth more than holds its own as a no-holds barred, gripping English extravaganza. Historians across the land will no doubt pick holes in the accuracy, but it hardly matters.

The opening scene signals the film's intent. Protestant heretics are burnt mercilessly at the grisly stake, accompanied by proclamations that they should burn in Hell. It's clear that England is in a pretty gloomy state and ruled by a humourless zealot, Mary (the ubiquitous Kathy Burke), who is hell-bent on converting or murdering Elizabeth: "My sister was born a whore of that Ann Boleyn."

Cheery Mary rules a poor, remote island that is very likely to become the next possession of the growing empire of Spain. She is surrounded by rebels who want to place the Protestant Elizabeth on the throne. So, Mary gets her trusted Lord Norfolk (Eccleston cuts an impressive presence; you can imagine this man swishing on the battlefield) to arrest Lizzy and dispatch her to the Tower of London.

The camerawork and the pace of this film are breathtaking. Kapur directs with ambitious panache, whilst supplying more than a wink to Coppola's The Godfather in the process. Two scenes in particular reek of the Mafia masterpiece: one in the Vatican, the other a succession of assassinations sparked by the majesty's demand, "let it all be done". Pure Pacino.

If you shimmy past the slightly silly inclusions of the likes of Eric Cantona (the IKEA School of Acting) and Angus Deayton, and the fact that Dickie Attenborough (plays a fussy sidekick who sniffs the Queen's bedsheets and claims, "her body belongs to the State") is starting to resemble an Ewok, the acting is otherwise splendid.

Cate Blanchett not only resembles the great lady, but imparts her with enormous affection (her love of Lord Dudley, played by Fiennes, is tenderly dealt with) and delivers her lines with a steely intelligence, "I do not see why a woman must marry at all" and "I'm no man's Elizabeth" . Her performance is a revelation and if it weren't for Geoffrey Rush she would have stolen every scene. However, the Shine star, playing her demonic sidekick Walsingham, delights in creeping in the shadows and pulling the devilish strings. A positively Machiavellian turn and worthy of another Oscar.

This is a history film made at its very finest and the equal of A Man For All Seasons. Elizabeth could have unfolded in front of me all day and I would have remained enraptured. Intoxicating imagery ("English blood on French colours" the wicked Mary of Guise, Ardant, proclaims), naughty shenanigans, dastardly deeds, an epic tale and a superb cast. Stunning cinema.


118 of 166 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 422 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed