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The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

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Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

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Justin Chadwick

Writers:

Peter Morgan (screenplay), Philippa Gregory (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Anne Boleyn
Scarlett Johansson ... Mary Boleyn
Eric Bana ... Henry Tudor
Jim Sturgess ... George Boleyn
Mark Rylance ... Sir Thomas Boleyn
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Lady Elizabeth Boleyn
David Morrissey ... The Duke of Norfolk
Benedict Cumberbatch ... William Carey
Oliver Coleman Oliver Coleman ... Henry Percy
Ana Torrent ... Katherine of Aragon
Eddie Redmayne ... William Stafford
Tom Cox Tom Cox ... Rider
Michael Smiley ... Physician
Montserrat Roig de Puig ... Lady in Waiting
Juno Temple ... Jane Parker
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Storyline

A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII. Written by Marisa_Gabriella

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In a time when a woman's destiny was determined by her father, one sister followed the rules. The other defied them. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Other Boleyn Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Windsor, Berkshire, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,203,061, 2 March 2008

Gross USA:

$26,814,957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,269,970
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Five of the film's actors had either portrayed or went on to portray a Marvel comic book character. Eric Bana played the title character in Hulk (2003), Andrew Garfield played Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Natalie Portman played Jane Foster in both Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), Scarlett Johansson has played Black Widow in Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Captain America: Civil War (2016), and Benedict Cumberbatch played the title character in Doctor Strange (2016). See more »

Goofs

Anne's father is angry when she marries Henry Percy, claiming that Percy is "a senior noble" whose marriage "only the king can decide." A medieval or early modern king could play a large role in deciding who his noblemen's sons married, and asking for permission existed as a formality. However, it's a major overstatement to claim the king decided those things himself. See more »

Quotes

King Henry VIII: [talking in secret] Your sister is gone as you wished. Will you give yourself to me now?
Anne Boleyn: No. When you are loyal to me above all others.
King Henry VIII: But I am.
Anne Boleyn: No. You are loyal to the queen above all others.
King Henry VIII: I barely see Katherine.
Anne Boleyn: But she sits on a throne beside you. Your right hand in matters of state.
King Henry VIII: For appearances' sake only.
Anne Boleyn: Still, she is your queen. And ever present.
[pauses]
Anne Boleyn: I feel her eyes on me. And those of her spies. Look at us. Forever reduced to meeting in secret like this. Speaking in whispers...
[...]
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Eh... Nice costumes and sets
5 March 2008 | by dollparts1215See all my reviews

If you want a good movie about Henry VIII and Anne Bolyen, rent Anne of the Thousand Days. That was a film that used history to tell a story about real people who had a love to change a nation.

In this version of the eponymous Phillipa Gregory novel, historical inaccuracies abound. Approximately fifteen years are compressed into two hours with no indication time has gone by except for various babies. None of the characters ever change or grow any older. The characters in this movie are completely one-sided. Anne is ambitious. Henry is a womanizer. Mary is simple. No one has any complexities. The sisterly rivalry plays out like an underdeveloped soap opera.

On the other hand, the film is engaging and the costumes lovely. Same with the gorgeous palace settings.

Eye candy it is. Truthful or realistic it isn't.


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