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Elizabeth (1998)

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The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director:

Shekhar Kapur

Writer:

Michael Hirst
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 33 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liz Giles Liz Giles ... Female Martyr
Rod Culbertson Rod Culbertson ... Master Ridley
Paul Fox ... Male Martyr
Terence Rigby ... Bishop Gardiner
Christopher Eccleston ... Duke of Norfolk
Peter Stockbridge Peter Stockbridge ... Palace Chamberlain
Amanda Ryan ... Lettice Howard
Kathy Burke ... Queen Mary Tudor
Valerie Gale Valerie Gale ... Mary's Dwarf
George Antoni George Antoni ... King Philip II of Spain (as George Yiasoumi)
James Frain ... Alvaro de la Quadra
Jamie Foreman ... Earl of Sussex
Edward Hardwicke ... Earl of Arundel
Cate Blanchett ... Elizabeth I
Emily Mortimer ... Kat Ashley
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Storyline

This film details the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, as played by Cate Blanchett. The main focus is the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley. Written by CharmedGirl47

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Declared illegitimate aged 3. Tried for treason aged 21. Crowned Queen aged 25. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

1998 was the only year that two performers were nominated for Academy Awards for playing the same character in two different movies: Dame Judi Dench was nominated (and won) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for playing Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love (1998), and Cate Blanchett was nominated for Best Actress for portraying Elizabeth I in this movie. Joseph Fiennes appeared in both movies as well. See more »

Goofs

Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk was not arrested and executed for treason until 1572 when Elizabeth was 39, and well outside the time period of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Lord Robert: Monsignor Alvaro! Monsignor Alvaro! Monsignor Alvaro, tell me. As well as ambassador, are you not also a bishop?
De la Quadra: I am, my lord.
Lord Robert: [referring to himself and Elizabeth] Then you can marry us!
De la Quadra: Marry *you*?
Elizabeth: [laughing] Perhaps he does not know enough English to perform the ceremony!
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Connections

Referenced in Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Rondeas I and VII
from "Dansereyr" 1551
Composed by Tylman Susato
Performed by New London Consort
Conducted by Philip Pickett
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Masterful
20 December 1999 | by Drestin BlackSee all my reviews

I'm not big on historical dramas, but I saw this because I'm interested in that period. The film is a thing of beauty. The cinematography, lighting, and editing are masterful. The acting is superb: refined, and not overdone as can be the case in these things. Blanchett and Rush are especially good. All in all, a wonderful film.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$275,131, 8 November 1998

Gross USA:

$30,082,699

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,150,642
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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