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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 & 27 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Two Queens. One Future. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Saoirse Ronan was trained to ride for the first time by horsemaster Camilla Naprous who had earlier worked with Gal Gadot for her role as Wonder Woman (2017), using the same horse. See more »


Darnley wasn't exiled to Kirk o' Field, he was sent there with the pox, for medical quarantine. See more »


William Cecil: Madam, we cannot let her name your successor. She has no right.
Queen Elizabeth I: When I am dead and you are dead and she is dead, it matters not what names we did or did not say. The world will decide for itself.
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Les Poules Huppées
Written by Gilles Chabenat
Arranged by William Lyons
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Below average, absurdly revisionist, virtue signalling playhouse repertoire.
14 November 2019 | by ToneBalone60See all my reviews

This film could have been so much better if the writers has stuck to historical accuracy. I wont repeat what other reviewers have commented on the politically correct box ticking in both casting and script, that were clearly aimed at the Hollywood Awards committees. (You can't get an Oscar or a Globe these days if you haven't covered the wickedness of the patriarchy, racism and gender issues to an acceptable degree for the California luvvies). The other issue that bugs me is how people keep assuming that Mary & Elizabeth were sisters. They were not, they were distant cousins. The confusion is that Queen Mary i of England, who was Elizabeth's sister and the other daughter of Henry Viii is a completely different character. Even after seeing this film many audiences have still not understood the difference. I've even seen tourists in Westminster Abbey comment on the fact that the Queen Mary i, buried alongside Elizabeth is Mary Queen of Scots. No No No.

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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

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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