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Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

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Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Director:

Josie Rourke

Writers:

Beau Willimon (screenplay by), John Guy (based on the book "Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart" by)
Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Bain ... Snuffer Woman
Richard Cant Richard Cant ... Thomas Andrews
Guy Rhys Guy Rhys ... Earl of Kent
Thom Petty ... Earl of Shrewsbury
Saoirse Ronan ... Mary Stuart
Izuka Hoyle ... Mary Seton
Margot Robbie ... Queen Elizabeth I
John Ramm John Ramm ... Bull
Simon Russell Beale ... Robert Beale
Abby Cassidy Abby Cassidy ... Fotheringhay Gentlewoman
Shalisha James-Davis Shalisha James-Davis ... Fotheringhay Gentlewoman
Maria Dragus ... Mary Fleming
Eileen O'Higgins ... Mary Beaton
Liah O'Prey ... Mary Livingston
Greg Miller Burns ... Thomas Hepburn
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Storyline

Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history. Written by Focus Features

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Born to Fight See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duas Rainhas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$194,777, 9 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,676,509, 17 January 2019
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Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film is based on Dr. John Guy's biography "Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart", and centers around the theory that the two may have met, and looked each other in the eye as they contemplated their kingdoms' fates. History buffs have objected to Guy's theory that the two met up. Guy told Deadline Hollywood that six years ago, "an auction house possessed documents that indicated the two complicit, yet warring cousins, had a meeting that was in the cards." See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, Elizabeth's title is stated as queen of 'England and Wales'. This title was never used by any English monarch, as Wales was never an autonomous kingdom of its own. Alternatively, Elizabeth I would have claimed the title 'Queen of England, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith'. See more »

Quotes

William Cecil: Mary is our foe! We must not bow to her as we bow before you!
Queen Elizabeth I: You have the boldness to doubt my judgement!
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Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 11 December 2018 (2018) See more »

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A film that soils history
22 December 2018 | by knifemagnetSee all my reviews

Mary Queen of Scots is an historically inaccurate modern activist film that fails in both casting and portraying accurately what transpired. Aside from Mary and Elizabeth having never actually met face to face the film includes things such as an Asian Countess, a black lord, and also includes too much attention regarding sex scenes and homosexuality. If you are interested in the true story this should be skipped at all costs; books and documentaries on the subject should be consumed instead. This film should have used fictional characters and locales in a fictional time.

One day I hope someone has the cajones to make a film about Mary's son, James VI, who undid all the sacrifice and suffering of his fellow Scots, in their struggle for freedom, to ultimately bind Scotland to London via the United Kingdom.


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