Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I

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Director: Tom Hooper

Cast: Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Dancy

     
 

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Elizabeth I stars Helen Mirren as the famous monarch who often frightened her subjects with he ability to change emotions on a dime. In addition to facing a variety of political problems, the film charts some of the major relationships in her life. Jeremy Irons stars as the Earl of Leicester, the queen

Overview

Elizabeth I stars Helen Mirren as the famous monarch who often frightened her subjects with he ability to change emotions on a dime. In addition to facing a variety of political problems, the film charts some of the major relationships in her life. Jeremy Irons stars as the Earl of Leicester, the queen's longtime companion. Hugh Dancy portrays the flighty but ambitious Earl of Essex, who carries on a relationship with the monarch even though there was a substantial difference in their age.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Few monarchs have had their life and reign dramatized as frequently as England's "Virgin Queen," who has been portrayed by such outstanding actresses as Flora Robson (who essayed the role three times), Bette Davis, Claudette Colbert, Judi Dench, and Cate Blanchett. Now Helen Mirren joins that distinguished group with an Emmy-nominated performance in this HBO miniseries, which covers well-trod ground but does so with sufficient flair to make it seem fresh and unmarked. It's the old story of a queen forced to contemplate a politically expedient marriage, putting her duty ahead of her womanly desires. Like her predecessors, Mirren clearly relishes the opportunity to play such a rich character, and she does so impeccably. Hugh Dancy is more than passable as the dashing Lord Essex, and Jeremy Irons makes a suitably sardonic Earl of Leicester. These days the least challenging aspect of assembling such a production is the art direction; you rarely see period films that don't pay scrupulous attention to detail, and Elizabeth I's sets, costumes, and props are all faultless. The production values here are truly feature-film quality. But forceful acting is the most important value here, with Mirren perfectly capturing Elizabeth's unique blend of strength and vulnerability.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2007
UPC:
0026359445927
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
3:31:00
Sales rank:
27,806

Special Features

Closed Caption; Making Elizabeth I; Uncovering the Real Elizabeth I

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen Mirren Queen Elizabeth I
Jeremy Irons Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
Hugh Dancy Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex
Ian McDiarmid Lord Burghley
Patrick Malahide Sir Francis Walsingham
Toby Jones Robert Cecil
Barbara Flynn Mary, Queen of Scots
Charlotte Asprey Frances Walsingham

Technical Credits
Tom Hooper Director
George Faber Executive Producer
Suzan Harrison Executive Producer
Doreen Jones Casting
Rob Lane Score Composer
Beverley Mills Editor
Mike O'Neill Costumes/Costume Designer
Melanie Oliver Editor
Charles Pattinson Executive Producer
Barney Reisz Producer
Larry Smith Cinematographer
Eve Stewart Production Designer
Nigel Williams Executive Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Elizabeth I
1. Cultivating an Heir [8:46]
2. Enemies Merge [10:06]
3. The Duke of Anjou [7:45]
4. Jealousy and Agenda [7:57]
5. Hand in Marriage [7:08]
6. A Lineage to Endure [8:49]
7. Leicester Returns [7:17]
8. To Reason With Madness [5:09]
9. Plots and Conspiracies [7:58]
10. The Death Warrant [10:41]
11. Martyr Mary [7:57]
12. Preparing for Battle [11:41]
13. Humbled Before God [6:24]
14. Credits [1:15]
Disc #2 -- Elizabeth I
1. Flirting With Power [9:48]
2. The New Favor [8:48]
3. Off to Lisbon [8:50]
4. Essex Returns [8:46]
5. A Victim of Convenience [11:59]
6. Designs on the Crown [9:31]
7. Who Will Succeed? [10:27]
8. Audacity [7:39]
9. Failure in Ireland [6:38]
10. Letters From Scotland [9:47]
11. Guilty Verdict [7:07]
12. Secrets of the Heart [2:30]
13. God Save the Queen [8:30]
14. Credits [1:12]

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Elizabeth I 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so impressed by the great acting of all the actors in this miniseries. helen mirren gave a powerful performance with her potrayal of Elizabeth, Jeremy Irons was good too, and so was Hugh Dancy. They also captured the essence of the century well and I recommend anyone who likes historic drama to watch it.
Jen73JD More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this movie after seeing it's debut on HBO. After seeing it over and over again on cable, I was delighted to find it on DVD. You can watch this movie again and again and still find new things about it to enjoy. The acting is amazing, costumes increadible and scenery to die for. While there is some sexual content, most of the movie is appropriate for young adults and families to enjoy.
alexphilAU More than 1 year ago
This is quite a different presentation of the queen's life. Judging from it i can surmise it was taken from Christopher Hibbert's biography of Queen Elizabeth I. Mirren gaved a powerful performance that merited an Emmy for her! I am recommending this for Royal Biography fans all througout the world!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The the settings and costumes were true to the Elizabethian period. The story was slightly different from other versions of her life. The recap ending was quite enchanting.
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