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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.

Director:

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 »


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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Sir Francis of Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush) is dining with Mary of Guise (Fanny Ardant) and the spurned Duc d'Anjou (Vincent Cassel), and the Duc tells Walsingham that he cannot marry Queen Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) 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 »

Goofs

Walsingham never went to Scotland during the period the film covers and never killed Mary de Guise. She died of dropsy. In fact Walsingham later went to Scotland to ensure James VI's succession of Elizabeth to the English throne. Walsingham is also portrayed as older than Elizabeth in the movie, but they were about the same age. See more »

Quotes

Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley: Forgive me, Madam, but you are only a woman...
Elizabeth: [cuts him off firmly] I may be a woman, Sir William, but if I choose I have the heart of a man! I am my father's daughter. I am not afraid of anything.
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Soundtracks

Te Deum
Composed by Thomas Tallis
Performed by St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
Conducted by George Guest
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Creative camera work
15 December 1998 | by CCO-3See all my reviews

During the opening credits the camera hovers high above three people being burned at the stake, what an angle, as the fire consumes them in a maelstrom. The cineamatography was so incredibly creative, very Hitchcockian. One need not possess any knowledge of history to make sense of the plot and story. Like a good mystery there were subtle nuances. Glances between characters that foreshadowed events and interactions to come, such as the woman that betrays Norfolk, and the child that inadvertently reveals his father's hiding place. The story wasn't exactly historically accurate, but it got my 15-year-old interested in Elizabethen England. Call it artistic license. The movie was so lush, so complex that I easily saw it twice without becoming bored. Terrific acting, fabulous costumes, great staging.


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