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Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

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Mary Stuart's (Saoirse Ronan's) attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), 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) (as Dr. John Guy)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Bain ... Snuffer Woman
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

This movie explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan). Queen of France at sixteen and widowed at eighteen, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But England is under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), who wishes the reduce the perceived threat from Mary. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female rulers 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 succeed 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie became friends while making this movie. See more »

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Queen Mary lived in France from age 5 until age 18, and her mother, Mary of Guise, was French. She likely spoke with a French accent. Mary could speak Broad Scots, which was spoken in the big towns and much of the Lowlands, and was usually intelligible to English speakers. During Mary's reign, Scots Gaelic was spoken in the Scottish Highlands and northern and western parts of the Lowlands. The last Scottish king recorded as able to speak Gaelic was James IV. There is no evidence she could speak Norn, which is related to Norwegian and Danish, and was used in the Orkneys and Shetlands. See more »

Quotes

Robert Dudley: The news is urgent.
Queen Elizabeth I: What news do I want from Scotland? Bloodshed? Go conspire among yourselves.
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Les Poules Huppées
Written by Gilles Chabenat
Arranged by William Lyons
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Disappointment
5 January 2019 | by reidandgeneneSee all my reviews

I really wanted to love this movie. It was beautifully shot, and Ronin was, as always, very strong. And the rest of the cast was fine -- the problems with this Elizabeth were not Robbie's fault. The film was beautiful, but quite, quite dead. And it didn't flow, just a bunch of independent set pieces. Blame the writer and the director.


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Country:

UK | USA

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary Queen of Scots See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$194,777, 9 December 2018

Gross USA:

$16,468,499

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,712,809
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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