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Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

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

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Shekhar Kapur
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordi Mollà ... King Philip ll of Spain
Aimee King Aimee King ... Infanta
Cate Blanchett ... Queen Elizabeth I
Laurence Fox ... Sir Christopher Hatton
John Shrapnel ... Lord Howard
Geoffrey Rush ... Sir Francis Walsingham
Susan Lynch ... Annette
Elise McCave Elise McCave ... Laundry Woman
Samantha Morton ... Mary Stuart
Abbie Cornish ... Bess Throckmorton
Penelope McGhie Penelope McGhie ... Margaret
Rhys Ifans ... Robert Reston
Eddie Redmayne ... Thomas Babington
Stuart McLoughlin ... Savage
Clive Owen ... Sir Walter Raleigh
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Two faiths, two empires, two rulers - colliding in 1588. Papist Spain wants to bring down the heretic Elizabeth. Philip is building an armada but needs a rationale to attack. With covert intrigue, Spain sets a trap for the Queen and her principal secretary, Walsingham, using as a pawn Elizabeth's cousin Mary Stuart, who's under house arrest in the North. The trap springs, and the armada sets sail, to rendezvous with French ground forces and to attack. During these months, the Virgin Queen falls in love with Walter Raleigh, keeping him close to court and away from the sea and America. Is treachery or heroism at his heart? Does loneliness await her passionate majesty? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Blanchett returns in the role for which she received an OSCAR nomination See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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UK | France | Germany | USA

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English | Spanish | Swedish

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,153,075, 14 October 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,285,240

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,870,866
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cate Blanchett was the presenter who awarded Eddie Redmayne the 2015 Oscar for Best Actor, for his portrayal of Dr. Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2015). See more »

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A Spanish lumberjack uses a double-bitted axe to chop down a tree. This was invented in the United States in the 1870s. See more »

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Title Card: 1585
Title Card: Spain is the most powerful empire in the world. Philip of Spain, a devout Catholic, has plunged Europe into holy war. Only England stands against him, ruled by a Protestant Queen.
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Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics (2009) See more »

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Rondes I & VII (Dansereye)
Written by Tylman Susato (as Tielman Susato)
Performed by the New London Consort
Conducted by Philip Pickett
Courtesy of The Decca Music Group
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Cate Blanchett is the definitive Elizabeth, and she proved it in the first film…
15 March 2009 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

"Elizabeth," the first film, was about a young woman coming to the throne in a period of great turmoil, and how she dealt with that… It was love in the context of power, betrayal, and survival…

In "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," we're dealing with the most famous aspects of her regime, the Spanish Armada, the Babington Plot, which was a major plot against her, and Walter Raleigh bringing back the very early understanding of the New World, and the horizons beyond Britain… It is the exploration of unrestricted power…

Elizabeth, as cultured and as intelligent and eloquent as she was, had never left the shores of England… And into her court, strides an explorer who has literally been where the maps end… The gallant Raleigh (Clive Owen) was a free spirit who thrills the queen with his tales and discoveries at sea … The classic 16th-century adventurer who doesn't play by any official rules, and he does bring into the world of the court something very alluring, enigmatic and charismatic, which has a big impact on the queen…

The relationship between Raleigh and Elizabeth was very complicated… There were things holding Elizabeth back… "We mortals have many weaknesses; we feel too much, hurt too much or too soon we die, but we do have the chance of love." These words were spoken by Sir Walter Raleigh to the Virgin Quenn…It's very rare that the Queen takes interest in a man, and she does…

At this special point, England was very weak militarily… Elizabeth had discharged the navy… And once again it was the old problem of religious instability, which harasses the human race frequently…

Anybody that's interested in this period of history will find it fascinating just how capable Elizabeth was in regards to how she dealt with the captive Queen of Scots…

Mary Stuart (Samantha Morton) had great respect for the Protestant Elizabeth, and was remarkably intrigued by her, and desperate to meet her, and fascinated… For several years Elizabeth suffered about her execution because she really believed two things… She believed that any queen was divine… She accepted as true that her Catholic cousin was there by the will of God, and therefore, Mary was there by the will of God… And in executing Mary, she would disintegrate her one belief that she herself was divine…

Mary found it in death… Elizabeth had to find it in life… So if you look at the Armada, Elizabeth finally does become divine, and that's why we had to admire how the scene of the Armada is shot, by Shekhar Kapur, in that way… It's not actually a fiery sea battle between two countries… It's a 'Holy War' with Spain… Therefore, the defining moments of the Armada is when Elizabeth walks up across the verdant cliffs in flowing white nightgown… She's no longer the Avenging Queen… She's instead a supernatural being, a disembodied soul defeating the enemy, dominating the fearless of the waves, the force of the storm, and the strength of fire…

Dripping with intrigues, plots, battles, mysteries, and strong emotions, the film captured the ecclesiastical spaces of the cathedrals to look more like a palace environment… It also captured the feel of the16th century architecture, linking and matching it to the proper locations…


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