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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 & 27 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 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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Rated R for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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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

When Mary is in bed with Darnley she is lying on her back looking to her left. When they finish she very dramatically rolls on her side, mashing her face into the pillow. Yet in the next shot she is instantly in the original position again. See more »

Quotes

Henry Darnley: I am not a cuckold.
Earl of Lennox: Would you rather the honest truth be told? That you are a sodomite?
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Les Poules Huppées
Written by Gilles Chabenat
Arranged by William Lyons
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16th Century history told through 21st Century eyes
10 June 2019 | by BeyondtheflameSee all my reviews

If you want to watch a brilliantly acted and truthful adaption of this piece of history then look no further than the BBCs early 70s series Elizabeth R staring Glenda Jackson. I would thoroughly recommend it for younger history buffs and those who like their history factually correct.


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Country:

UK | USA

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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