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Elizabeth (1998)

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

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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 »


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Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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19 February 1999 (USA)  »

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Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£166,174 (UK) (4 October 1998)

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$30,082,699 (USA)
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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 films: Dame Judi Dench was nominated (and won) for Best Supporting Actress for playing Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Cate Blanchett was nominated for Best Actress for portraying Elizabeth I in this film. See more »

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Details of some historical characters and events have been changed to fit the dramatic narrative. See more »

Quotes

Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley: Now, I really must...
Elizabeth: The word "must" is not used to princes!
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Requiem Aeternam
from "Requiem"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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A beautiful and intriguing film which captures the grace and barbarity of the era.
23 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

The acting is superb as is the choreography. A very da Vinci-like use of like and dark in comparing the young and innocent Elizabeth with the corrupt and conspiracy ridden "royal court". Very compelling and interesting as the new queen, who is thrust, almost against her wish, into power, learns the nature of the beast she must tame and then rule. It may not be a blockbuster of an event, but you just don't find this level of acting in Hollywood. Yet, taken as a whole, the story reminded me of the Godfather, yet it takes place some 450 years in the past.


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