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Elizabeth (1998)

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A film 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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Elizabeth I
... Sir Francis Walsingham
... Duke of Norfolk
... Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
... Sir William Cecil
... Mary of Guise
... Monsieur de Foix
... Duc d'Anjou
... Queen Mary Tudor
... Earl of Arundel
... Kat Ashley
... The Pope
Liz Giles ... Female Martyr
Rod Culbertson ... Master Ridley
... Male Martyr
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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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Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen  »

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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
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The scene where Walsingham is dining with Marie of Guise and the spurned Duke of Anjou, and the Duke tells Walsingham that he cannot marry Elizabeth because she is really a man, was in fact a nod to the legend of the Bisley Boy. In said legend, the child Elizabeth was sent away to a village called Bisley to avoid the plague, but she died, and was replaced by a pretty boy child, who then went on to become Queen Elizabeth I, thus suggesting that Elizabeth is actually male. See more »

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Mary of Guise is seen wearing modern eyeliner and eye shadow throughout the film. It's especially conspicuous when she is having dinner with Walsingham during his visit to Scotland. See more »

Quotes

Monsieur de Foix: [in French] She is a woman, Sire. They say one thing but mean another. No one can unlock their secrets.
Duc d'Anjou: [also in French] Unless they have... a very big key!
[laughs loudly]
Duc d'Anjou: Yes! A *very* big key!
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Referenced in Wonderland (1999) See more »

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Requiem Aeternam
from "Requiem"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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A beautiful and intriguing film which captures the grace and barbarity of the era.
23 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

The acting is superb as is the choreography. A very da Vinci-like use of like and dark in comparing the young and innocent Elizabeth with the corrupt and conspiracy ridden "royal court". Very compelling and interesting as the new queen, who is thrust, almost against her wish, into power, learns the nature of the beast she must tame and then rule. It may not be a blockbuster of an event, but you just don't find this level of acting in Hollywood. Yet, taken as a whole, the story reminded me of the Godfather, yet it takes place some 450 years in the past.


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