Elizabeth

Elizabeth

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Director: Shekhar Kapur

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston

     
 

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This British-made historical drama depicts the rise of young Elizabeth Tudor to Queen of England, a reign of intrigue and betrayals. In 1554, Queen Mary I (Kathy Burke) tries to restore Catholicism as England's single faith. With no heir to the crown, she maneuvers to keep her Protestant half-sister Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) from succeeding her, but her efforts fail.… See more details below

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This British-made historical drama depicts the rise of young Elizabeth Tudor to Queen of England, a reign of intrigue and betrayals. In 1554, Queen Mary I (Kathy Burke) tries to restore Catholicism as England's single faith. With no heir to the crown, she maneuvers to keep her Protestant half-sister Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) from succeeding her, but her efforts fail. With Mary dead, Elizabeth is proclaimed Queen of England in November 1558. Elizabeth relishes the return from exile of her childhood sweetheart, Lord Robert Dudley (Joseph Fiennes). Chief adviser Sir William Cecil (Richard Attenborough) urges the young Queen to forget personal matters and instead address the country's pressing problems. England is bankrupt, has no army, and is under serious threat from abroad. Elizabeth even has enemies within her own court, the most dangerous being the Duke of Norfolk (Christopher Eccleston). Hoping for an heir, Cecil suggests marriage candidates -- King Philip II of Spain or the French Duc d'Anjou (Vincent Cassel) -- to secure the realm. Elizabeth agrees to meet their ambassadors, but her true feelings are revealed when she meets Dudley for a secret tryst. French "warrior queen" Mary of Guise (Fanny Ardent) amasses troops at the Scottish border. Elizabeth bows to the pro-War lobby led by Norfolk, despite protests from her Master of Spies, the enigmatic Sir Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush), but the decision to fight leads to a humiliating defeat. As dark clouds of court conspiracies gather, and the possibility of assassination looms, Elizabeth strikes out at her enemies and puts her trust in Walsingham. Shown at 1998 film fests (Venice, Toronto), this is the first English-language film of Indian director Shekhar Kapur, who shot on locations at Northumberland, Derbyshire, North Yorkshire, and at Shepperton Studios.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Taking on the historical terrain given previous cinematic life in two Bette Davis vehicles, Elizabeth presents a complex portrait of the self-styled Virgin Queen and the violent underpinnings of the monarchy. Indian director Shekhar Kapur re-imagines the early, hotly contested years of the legendary queen's reign with a keen eye for both the harsh brutality of 16th century life and the opulent luxury afforded the nobles. As Elizabeth I, Cate Blanchett dexterously evolves from light-hearted young woman to preternaturally wise power broker to ossified icon, as emotionally gutted by her rise to supremacy as Francis Ford Coppola's Mafia don Michael Corleone. Geoffrey Rush and Christopher Eccleston excel as, respectively, the queen's consigliere and chief nemesis; and Remi Adefarasin's chiaroscuro cinematography further lends the events an atmospheric Godfather-esque sheen. Hailed for its visual splendor and Blanchett's career-making performance, Elizabeth scored seven Oscar nominations, including Best Actress and an unexpected nod for Best Picture, but lost out to the breezier Elizabethan romp Shakespeare in Love (1998).

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
UPC:
0025195015455
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:04:00
Sales rank:
12,160

Special Features

Sneak peek of Elizabeth: The Golden Age; The Making of Elizabeth; Elizabeth featurette; Photo gallery; Feature commentary with director Shekhar Kapur

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cate Blanchett Elizabeth I
Geoffrey Rush Sir Francis Walsingham
Christopher Eccleston Duke of Norfolk
Joseph Fiennes Robert Dudley
Richard Attenborough Sir William Cecil
Fanny Ardant Mary of Guise
Kathy Burke Queen Mary of Tudor
Eric Cantona Monsieur de Foix
James Frain Alvaro de la Quadra
Vincent Cassel Duc d'Anjou
Daniel Craig John Ballard
John Gielgud The Pope
Angus Deayton Actor
Edward Hardwicke Actor
Terence Rigby Actor
Amanda Ryan Actor
Kelly MacDonald Actor
Emily Mortimer Actor

Technical Credits
Shekhar Kapur Director
Remi Adefarasin Cinematographer
Tim Bevan Producer
Jill Bilbock Editor
Jill Bilcock Editor
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Liza Chasin Co-producer
Eric Fellner Producer
Tommy Gromley Asst. Director
Debra Hayward Co-producer
David Hirschfelder Score Composer
Michael Hirst Screenwriter
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Simone Ireland Casting
John Myhre Production Designer
Alison Owen Producer
Vanessa Pereira Casting
Lucy Richardson Art Director
David A. Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Elizabeth
1. Queen Mary [7:29]
2. Princess Elizabeth [13:01]
3. The New Monarch [11:35]
4. Celebration [12:22]
5. England vs. Scotland [7:43]
6. Marriage Proposal [13:56]
7. Hatching a Conspiracy [6:57]
8. Unsuitable King [15:33]
9. Mary of Guise [9:02]
10. Messenger From Rome [10:58]
11. The Virgin Queen [10:32]
12. Closing Credits [4:11]

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