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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. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:October 23, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jenny Shircore Best Makeup 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Myhre Best Art Direction 1998 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Remi Adefarasin Best Cinematography 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Remi Adefarasin Best Cinematography 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tim Bevan Best Picture 1998 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Cate Blanchett Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1998 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Cate Blanchett Best Actress 1998 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Cate Blanchett Best Actress 1998 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Cate Blanchett Best Actress 1998 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Cate Blanchett Best Actress 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cate Blanchett Best Actress 1998 Nominee
National Board of Review Shekhar Kapur Best Director 1998 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Shekhar Kapur Best Director [Runner-up] 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Howitt Best Art Direction 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Hirschfelder Best Dramatic Score 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alexandra Byrne Best Costume Design 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Eric Fellner Best Picture 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alison Owen Best Picture 1998 Nominee

Cast

Cate Blanchett
as Elizabeth I
Geoffrey Rush
as Sir Francis Walsingham
Christopher Eccleston
as Duke of Norfolk
Joseph Fiennes
as Robert Dudley
Richard Attenborough
as Sir William Cecil
Fanny Ardant
as Mary of Guise
Kathy Burke
as Queen Mary of Tudor
Eric Cantona
as Monsieur de Foix
James Frain
as Alvaro de la Quadra
Vincent Cassel
as Duc d'Anjou
Daniel Craig
as John Ballard
John Gielgud
as The Pope
Angus Deayton
Edward Hardwicke
Terence Rigby
Amanda Ryan
Kelly MacDonald
Emily Mortimer

Crew

Shekhar Kapur
Director
Alison Owen
Producer
Tim Bevan
Producer
Eric Fellner
Producer
Michael Hirst
Screenwriter
Remi Adefarasin
Cinematographer
David Hirschfelder
Composer (Music Score)
Jill Bilcock
Editor
John Myhre
Production Designer
Lucy Richardson
Art Director
Liza Chasin
Co-producer
Debra Hayward
Co-producer
Peter Howitt
Set Designer
Alexandra Byrne
Costume Designer
Vanessa Pereira
Casting
Simone Ireland
Casting
Mary Richards
Line Producer
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