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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.

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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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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:
2,853

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

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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Elizabeth 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a really good movie.I've always been fascinated by Elizabeth 1.This movie showed a great deal of what really happened 400 years ago!Cate blanchett,I think,is the best for this part because she resembles elizabeth and has elizabeths grace.I love it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I rented this movie thinking that it wouldn't be that good or a bit boring even though I had heard it was great. I have studied much on Queen Elizabeth I and find this movie to be quite accurate. Cate Blanchett was perfect as playinf paying the role of Elizabeth and Joseph Fiennes who played Lord Robert Dudley is always great no matter what he is in. If you don't pay attention to this movie you will not understabd it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very good movie. Even though it doesn't quite follow historically the way Queen Elizabeth's reign really happened, I found it was a very good movie. I think it was a little easier to understand because I studied Queen Elizabeth in a history class. The proucers/directors of the movie did an excellent job of compacting the first few years of her reign into the two hour movie and completing the task of keeping the viewers attention. I highly recommend this movie to anyone with a fascination of the 14th century or rennaisance era.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best movie ever, bar none.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Historical accuracy is blatantly set aside in this lavish production. Cate Blanchett does a fine interpretation of Elizabeth Tudor, a strong woman schooled in the subties of court politics. But handsome Joseph Fiennes makes a rather scrawny Master of Horse, mistakenly called "Robert" instead of "Robin," and caught up in a silly assassination plot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was enthralled with Elizabeth the first time I viewed it, but disappointed that it seemed to end so abruptly. I wanted more. Everything about it stays with me - the perfection of the many faces of Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth, the many moods of the music (exceptionally beautiful score), the plot twists and twisted characters, and the superb supporting cast. Of course now I have to buy the soundtrack as well as Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much gore/violence, not in good taste, whatsoever. Character development weak and obscured by the flashy scenery, i.e., superficiality prevails. The only good thing was the costumes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a greatly entertaining movie. The sets, costumes, acting -- all first-rate. But after reading Alison Weir's book, I realize there are a number of major innaccuracies in this film. So enjoy it for what it is: a costume drama based on actual persons, but not necessarily actual events.
Themisto More than 1 year ago
This movie depicts Elizabeth as a women with the wate of the world on her shulders and her inner wistom to rise to the challenges being the ruller of England.
Jen73JD More than 1 year ago
This movie is and always will be one of my all time favorites! The acting is increadible, the costumes are amazing and the story is fairly accurate as this is based on Queen Elizabeth I's life, loves and struggles of being a queen in a very controversial time in England's history. Cate Blanchett is not only beautiful, but extremely talented and proves that in this movie. This movie is a #1 hit in my opinion and if you like drama and romance, you will love it! A MUST have for your DVD collection. This movie is not apropriate for children as it does contain a lot of sexual content.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though the writers were a bit loose with history, this is a lovely movie that shows Elizabeth as a person, not a stiff Queen-doll like others have shown her. The magnificently powerful staging shows her as a high spirited, passionate woman whose loss at love turns her into the Virgin Queen, married not to a man, but to England. My only problem with the movie was its rating of R. Because of this, it cannot be shown in many high schools in America. I would so have loved to have shown it to my students.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent movie however if you are looking for a movie that deals with actual events that occured during the time of Elizabeth I this is not the movie you want to watch for that watch Elizabeth R staring Glenda Jackson (BBC 1972). But this movie is very well done and very dramatic and I did enjoy it.
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