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Lady Jane
     

Lady Jane

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Director: Trevor Nunn,

Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Cary Elwes, John Wood

 

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Lady Jane Grey, the 16-year-old girl who for nine days in the 16th century was Queen of England, is here portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter. Lady Jane Grey's sickly cousin, who becomes Edward VI upon the death of Henry VIII, is on the threshold of death himself. The Protestant powers-that-be, fearing that England will fall under Catholic rule, contrive to marry off

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Lady Jane Grey, the 16-year-old girl who for nine days in the 16th century was Queen of England, is here portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter. Lady Jane Grey's sickly cousin, who becomes Edward VI upon the death of Henry VIII, is on the threshold of death himself. The Protestant powers-that-be, fearing that England will fall under Catholic rule, contrive to marry off Edward VI's most likely successor Lady Jane to the wastrelly Guilford Dudley (Cary Elwes), the future Duke of Suffolk. The dying Edward is coerced into naming Jane as his successor. Jane is forced to assume the throne, attempting to impose reforms on the corrupt Protestant government during her brief reign. A coup led by Jane's cousin Princess Mary (Jane Lapotaire) results in the ouster, and eventual execution, of Queen Jane and her consort. The story is told through anti-establishment themes; teen-agers Lady Jane and Guilford Dudley are seen as the only hope for a brighter future, making their deaths all the more tragic. An earlier version of the same story, Tudor Rose, was filmed in 1936.

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All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Acclaimed British actress Helena Bonham Carter made her screen debut in this 1985 historical drama about Lady Jane Grey and her nine-day rule as Queen of England. So good was Carter in her 16th Century role that filmdom began starring her in other costume dramas, both fictional and nonfictional, in which she continued to perform brilliantly. In Lady Jane, Carter aptly exhibits the principal qualities of her historical counterpart: precocity, idealism, resolve. Because the real Lady Jane was beautiful, according to historical accounts, Carter's own intriguing comeliness serves to enhance the accuracy of her portrayal and fuel the romantic fire she enkindles with Cary Elwes as Guildford Dudley, the playboy tippler with royal connections whom anti-papist oligarchs force to marry Jane to shore up England and the Crown for Protestantism. Machinations abound in whispers and echoing castle footsteps as director Trevor Nunn captures the atmosphere of a divided England just prior to the ascendancy of Elizabeth I. The film may have special appeal for young people who identify with the efforts of Lady Jane and Dudley to right the wrongs of corrupt elders after Jane wears the crown. Patrick Stewart, John Wood, Michael Hordern, Jane Laportaire, and Sara Kestelman support Carter and Elwes with able performances as puppeteers who pull the strings of power.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2014
UPC:
0883316948187
Original Release:
1985
Source:
Warner Archives
Sales rank:
10,053

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helena Bonham Carter Lady Jane Grey
Cary Elwes Guilford Dudley
John Wood John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland
Michael Hordern Dr. Feckenham
Jill Bennett Mrs. Ellen
Jane Lapotaire Princess Mary
Sara Kestelman Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk
Patrick Stewart Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk
Warren Saire Edward VI
Joss Ackland Sir John Bridges
Ian Hogg Sir John Gates
Lee Montague Renard, the Spanish Ambassador
Richard Vernon The Marquess of Winchester
David Waller Archbishop Cranmer
Richard Johnson The Earl of Arundel
Pip Torrens Thomas
Guy Henry Robert Dudley
Andrew Bicknell John Dudley
Jeanette Fox Wedding Dancer
Robin Martin Oliver Singer
Matthew Guinness Dr. Owen
Clyde Pollitt Peasant Leader
Zelah Clarke Lady Anne Wharton
Laura Clipsham Katherine Grey
Janet Henfrey Housekeeper
Brian Poyser Under Treasurer
Philip Voss Herald
Robert Putt Steward
Stewart Harwood Tavern Keeper
Carole Hayman Brothel Keeper
Richard Moore Soldier
Michael Goldie Porter
Denyse Alexander Dressmaker
Gabor Vernon Jeweler
Nicky Croydon Singing Maid
John Abbott Manservant
Alison Woodgate Wedding Dancer
Philippa Luce Wedding Dancer
Eliza Kern Wedding Dancer
Krzysia Bialeska Wedding Dancer
Cryss Jean Healey Wedding Dancer
Adele Anderson Lady Warwick
Anna Gilbert Lady Robert Dudley
William Morgan Sheppard Executioner

Technical Credits
Trevor Nunn Director
Sue Blane Costumes/Costume Designer
Allan Cameron Production Designer
Fred Carter Art Director
Chris Bryant Original Story,Screenwriter
Anne V. Coates Editor
Harry Cordwell Set Decoration/Design
David Edgar Screenwriter
Sheila Falconer Choreography
Peter Frampton Makeup
Martyn Hebert Art Director
Stephen Oliver Score Composer
David Perry Costumes/Costume Designer
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Peter Snell Producer
Geraldine Stephenson Choreography

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Lady Jane 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a great love story. Jane is a teenager when she falls in love with King Edward I and when Edward begins to die the crown is given to Jane. She is married to Guilford against her will. They hate each other for the first couple of weeks of their marriage, but they fall in love a few weeks later. Cary Elwes is the played the part of Guilford. He has a nice body, and best of all you get to see him without a shirt. YEAH! That makes the whole movie great! ) This was a great romance! I would recommend it to anyone who likes love stories and the 1500’s English era.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic. brings you to tears for theses fearless lovers
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lady Jane is a great historical romance movie. The actors really did their best. Not to mention you get to see Cary Elwes with his shirt off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trevor Nunn's film on the historical Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for nine days before losing her head in the religion driven politics of the day. Helena Bonham Carter plays a credible role as the young queen-to-be who is manipulated by the intrigues of her parents and others into assuming the throne. Cary Elwes plays a perhaps less convincing role as Guilford of Northumberland, a Don Giovanni type bachelor who is not in a hurry to get married for political reasons. The story seems to keep up its mood of historical drama until the prince and princess are united; it then almost desintegrates into a childish fairy tale story that is completely at odds with the historical drama. Prince and princess begin looking at each other with puppy eyes and dreaming silly things they would do when regents. The story descends into gibberish dialogues that can't possibly reflect the views of that time. Fortunately,the tragic elements of history come to save the day and take Lady Jane Grey to the block. The filming is good as are the settings and costumes. The plot rolls along smoothly and credibly and the actors play their roles quite well for the most part. The young cast is also supported by seasoned actors such as Patrick Stewart playing Jane's father. Overall, a pretty good movie to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lady Jane is For the most part a dry boring film, yet it has something special about it that keeps you watching. There are parts that are very well acted and full of passion which makes up for the films lack of passion in other parts. Just as I was about to give up on this film it draws me back in.
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I have seen this movie several times and I love it more each time I watch it. Cary Elwes and Helena Bonham Carter are superb and they make the romance between Jane and Guilford (although historically inaccurate) believable. Patrick Stewart was also very good as Lord Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk. mistakes in the movie review: Guilford was not next to be Duke of Suffolk. He was just plain Lord Guilford Dudley. Jane was not Edward VII most likely succesor. Mary, being his sister had the legal right to the throne.Than Elizabeth, his other sister, then Jane's mother, and then Jane.