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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.

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Shekhar Kapur

Writer:

Michael Hirst
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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
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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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Details

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:

£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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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First English speaking movie debut for ex-soccer star Eric Cantona. It was rumored that Christopher Eccleston and Angus Deayton actually wanted the producers to cast Cantona in a small French role in this movie, following his retirement from soccer in 1997 because: 1. Cantona began to study acting during his infamous nine month ban in 1995. 2. Eccleston and Deayton were Manchester United fans themselves. See more »

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Mary of Guise rides at the front of her men across a bloody battlefield. Back then, even reigning women did not ride at the front of their troops, and rarely rode horses with both legs over the animal; they sat on the side. It is actually said that Mary of Guise refused to ride in front of her troops. See more »

Quotes

Sir Francis Walsingham: There is so little beauty in this world, and so much suffering. Do you suppose that is what God had in mind? That is to say if there is a god at all. Perhaps there is nothing in this universe but ourselves. And our thoughts.
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Requiem Aeternam
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A beautiful and intriguing film which captures the grace and barbarity of the era.
23 December 1998 | by SAS-3See 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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