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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.

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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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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 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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Details

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:

$46,710,283
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first time Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie saw each other in character was during the scene where they meet for the first time. They rehearsed separately, and Robbie's scenes were completed the day Ronan began hers. See more »

Goofs

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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Soundtracks

Les Poules Huppées
Written by Gilles Chabenat
Arranged by William Lyons
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PC culture in overdrive trying to pretend it's not in overdrive
5 February 2019 | by digsey_dSee all my reviews

'Things that we can do differently if we just consider everyone's feelings about all of these hotpoint socio-political issues'. That's the underlying idea here. The film was shot nicely, for the most part. The acting wasn't half bad either. Wardrobe and make-up was good but if I'm honest, not much better than what one might expect to see in period pieces made 20 years ago, and certainly no better than in some recent films (The Favourite, for example). If you want to be constantly reminded of all-too-pervasive real world issues whilst slowly but surely coming to the realisation that this retelling of the past is both inaccurate and rather dull, then Mary Queens Of Scots may be just the film for you.


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