Elizabeth

Elizabeth

DVD - 2007
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England, 1554. Henry VIII is dead. The country is divided, Catholic against Protestant. Henry's eldest daughter Mary, a fervent Catholic, is Queen. She is childless. The Catholics' greatest fear is the succession of Mary's Protestant half-sister, Elizabeth. After Mary's death, Elizabeth ascends to the throne, thrust into an edgy world of political and religious flux she struggles to protect her power, life, and independence as the court boils with intrigue and conspiracy. Elizabeth begins her reign in a land divided by bloody turmoil, and becomes a cunning strategist, weighing the counsel of her mysterious advisors, thwarting her devious rivals, and denying her own desires for the good of her country

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MartineVK
Jul 04, 2017

It really boggles the mind why inferior screenwriters (and their producers) have to concoct made-up stories about the Tudors, when there were already so many incidents in their lives just calling out to be dramatized. It actually worries me that viewers unfamiliar with English history will think that this fantasy about Elizabeth I is her true story. Cate Blanchett is a good actor, but this film is an embarrassment. Try one of the better versions with Helen Mirren, Anne-Marie Duff, or even the one from years back with Glenda Jackson. This version is strictly for the naïve.

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BurgensisClaudi
May 18, 2017

If you're looking for great aesthetics and decent acting, you could certainly do far worse than ELIZABETH, but if you're looking for historical accuracy, I'd steer clear of this flick. Honestly, I'm not typically a stickler for historical accuracy if it furthers a satisfying narrative. We are, after all, watching a movie. Unfortunately, this movie's story is too muddled to be called satisfying and too fictional to be called educational. I guess that leaves the pretty costumes and the acting. They are both, as previously stated, very nice.

AL_TIEGAN Dec 12, 2016

Absolutely my favorite movie about Queen Elizabeth I! Cate Blanchett is amazing! I love this movie so much, I still own my VHS copy.

LPL_MurielG Apr 13, 2016

This movie is a historical drama, but it is shot and scored with the conventions of a horror film. The tension and suspense had me on the edge of my seat. I can't speak to the historical accuracy, since I don't really know anything about history. However, the acting in this is superb and it's lovely to watch.

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Cas22
Jan 03, 2016

This 2008 film of the later years of Elizabeth I’s reign is a beautifully filmed, sumptuous spectacle with a powerful, if sometimes histrionic, performance by Cate Blanchett as the queen. Clive Owen as Sir Walter Raleigh also puts in a great performance but Geoffrey Rush as Sir Francis Walsingham doesn’t really get to display his considerable acting talents.

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librarianatlarge
Dec 01, 2015

A ridiculous mess of a movie. Chronology wrong, history wrong, characters wrong, settings wrong, costumes wrong. Do not think you will learn anything about Elizabeth I's reign from this idiotic movie. The actors have done a great job with the script, but the script is so bad, it is insane. Really, do we really think the queen of England lived in Durham cathedral? Give me a break!

susanjbrittain Jan 20, 2015

Still a favorite.

craigdicht Oct 18, 2014

I returned this item

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garycornell
Aug 26, 2014

Last Sunday the world lost a great Producer, Director, and Stage and Film Actor in Sir Richard Attenborough. He has over 93 film credits as an actor or narrator. One of his best character roles was in the movie "Elizabeth". He wonderfully plays her Chief Advisor. The cast surrounding him is equally impressive in Cate Blanchett, Geopfrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes, and John Gielgud. The script is full of tension as Elizabeth has to please so many interest groups. Attenborough and Gielgud offer a director two of the best British actors ever to be seen on film. "Elizabeth" will capture your heart and imagination. History has a strange way of being more interesting than fiction. Truly amazing performances by the entire cast!
P.S. WILLROME - Your comment is well taken. (See web site below).
"This is one of the best movies(if not the best) of the 21st Century
." It is a classic example of how acting and dialogue can carry a movie." I couldn't agree more!

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Sansha
May 05, 2014

Really enjoyed this film.

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Elizabeth: "Tonight, I think I die."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Lord Robert Dudley (to Elizabeth): "Remember who you are. Do not be afraid of them."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Queen Mary: "They say this cancer will make you queen, but they are wrong. Look there, that is your death warrant. All I need do is sign it." Elizabeth: "Mary, if you sign that paper you will be murdering your own sister."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Queen Mary: "When I look at you I see nothing of the king, only that whore, your mother. My father never did anything so well as to cut off her head." Elizabeth: "Your Majesty forgets he was also my father."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Elizabeth: "When I am queen, I promise... to act as my conscience dictates." Queen Mary: "Well do not think to be queen at all!"

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Earl of Arundel: "War is a sin, but sometimes, a necessary one."

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May 02, 2012

Bishop #1: "Madam, by this act... by this act, you force us to relinquish our allegiance to the Holy Father." Queen Elizabeth I: "How can I force you, Your Grace? I am 'a woman'. ...I have no desire to make windows into men's souls. I simply ask, can any man, in truth, serve two masters, and be faithful to both?" Bishop #2: "Madam, this - this is heresy!" Queen Elizabeth I: "No, Your Grace, this is... common sense. ...Which is a most English virtue."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley: "Forgive me, Madam, but you are only a woman..." Queen Elizabeth I: "I may be a woman, Sir William, but if I choose I have the heart of a man! I am my father's daughter, and I am not afraid of anything."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Sir Francis Walsingham: "Your Grace is arrested. You must go with these men to the Tower." Duke of Norfolk: "I must do nothing by your orders. I am Norfolk!" Sir Francis Walsingham: "You were Norfolk. (shows him his own signature on the treasonous letter from Rome) The dead have no titles."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Duke of Norfolk: "So cut off my head… and make me a martyr. The people will always remember it." Sir Francis Walsingham: "No... they will forget."

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