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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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What if you could have everything you ever wanted? What if all you had to do was betray the sister you loved? 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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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deux soeurs pour un roi See more »

Filming Locations:

Windsor, Berkshire, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,203,061, 2 March 2008, Wide Release

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

Mark Rylance, who plays Anne and Mary's father Thomas Boleyn, also portrayed Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall. Thomas Cromwell served Henry VIII and played a large role in Anne's arrest and subsequent beheading. See more »

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Mary Boleyn's wedding scene takes place in late spring or early summer. She married William Carey in early February 1520, so the weather should be much bleaker, with snow. See more »

Quotes

Sir Thomas Boleyn: [Refering to Anne's previous secret marriage] I knew this would come back to haunt us!
Anne Boleyn: I must go to the king...
Sir Thomas Boleyn: No, he doesn't want to see you, he doesn't want to hear a word from your lips! He won't even talk to me! The only Boelyn he will talk to, the only person whose testimony he would trust, is Mary!
Anne Boleyn: [Coldly] Then bring her here, now!
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A Film Worth Seeing for the Issues of Gender
1 March 2008 | by lavatchSee all my reviews

The Other Boleyn Girl is a compelling film due to the exceptional performances and the splendid costumes. Additionally, there is simply a terrific story told about the relationship of Henry VIII and the two Boleyn sisters, Anne and Mary.

Natalie Portman (Anne) and Scarlett Johansson (Mary) are outstanding as characters engaged in both sibling rivalry and sisterly bonding. In the central relationship of the sisters, the film develops the social roles and imposed limitations on women in Tudor England.

One of the film's most moving character portrayals is the mother of the two Boleyn Sisters. In the heartbreaking performance of Kristin Scott Thomas, Elizabeth Boleyn can only watch helplessly as her daughters become pawns of the greedy men (Thomas Boleyn and the Duke of Norfolk), who use the young women much like pimps in order to line their pockets and further their own advancement at court. Another sterling aspect of the film is the portrayal of Katherine of Aragon (Ana Torent), another victim of the men due to the obsessive pursuit of Henry VIII to beget a male heir, leading to his momentous divorce from Katherine and England's break with the church of Rome.

While commentators may point out the omissions of many of the details from the novel by Philippa Gregory, the film is still true to the spirit of the book. It is also a faithful representation of the role of women in Tudor age. The film effectively presents the gender issues from the perspective of many of the remarkable women of the age along with the reminder of the greatest legacy of Anne Boleyn, which was the indirect result of her relationship of Henry VIII. That legacy was the future ruler of England...and also a woman: Elizabeth I.


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