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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.


Josie Rourke


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 »





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


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 Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


It's not mentioned in this movie, but Queen Elizabeth I also claimed the throne of France. See more »


Several shots of large houses and castles show lawns obviously mowed by modern machines and fertilized with modern methods for uniformity of color. The technology available in the 1570s and 1580s could not have yielded such greenery. See more »


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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Les Poules Huppées
Written by Gilles Chabenat
Arranged by William Lyons
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Interesting yarn, it's a shame it's largely untrue.
8 September 2019 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Somebody else already called this film the "woke" version, and I would have to agree. A black counselor for Mary? An Asian noble woman in the English court? Wherever would they come from? It's not like you could jump on a plane and be anywhere in no time in 1565 And if you could, that you would be accepted when you got there.. Rizzio, Mary's secretary, and Darnley, Mary's second husband, gay? I have actually heard rumors and seen productions about Darnley maybe being bisexual as far back as the 1970s, but at the time, to be homosexual was a crime punishable by death. I doubt that Mary the Catholic queen was so "with it" that she would consider Rizzio, here portrayed as openly gay, just one of her gang of ladies in waiting.

I'm just surprised there wasn't a Hispanic in the cast. I'm sure that they wanted to include one, but the new world had hardly been explored at all by the 1560s so, nope, not even these producers would go that far. Oh, and Elizabeth and Mary never met, and Elizabeth was basically tricked into signing Mary's death warrant.

Is it an interesting tale well told? I thought so. If this was an extension of Game of Thrones, or some other such fantasy drama that was only loosely tethered to the Middle Ages as it existed in Europe, it would have worked. But not as a historical drama. I will say the art design and cinematography were beautiful.

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Release Date:

21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$194,777, 9 December 2018

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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