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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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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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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:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie depicts Elizabeth finding out that Robert Dudley had married without her consent. This is based on Dudley's marriage in 1578 to Lettice Knollys, which he concealed from Elizabeth. When Elizabeth found out the year after, she banished Knollys from court permanently, and never forgave her. Knollys was the granddaughter of Elizabeth's aunt Mary Boleyn, and it was also rumored that her mother, Catherine Carey, was conceived as a result of Mary Boleyn's affair with Elizabeth's father Henry VIII, though Carey was never acknowledged as Henry's child by him or Elizabeth. Lettice Knollys' son Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, was one of Elizabeth's "favorites" during her later years. He was beheaded in 1601 after a failed rebellion. Lettice Knollys lived until 1634, to the remarkable age of ninety-one. See more »

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At opening scene on the right side of the shot, a halberd used to block the crowd from the prisoners bends and wobbles, showing itself to be made of rubber. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: There will be no more talk of marriage.
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Soundtracks

Requiem Aeternam
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User Reviews

 
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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