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Elizabeth (1998)

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TitleElizabeth
Year1998
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreHistory (Movies)
FranchiseElizabeth (1998 - 2007)
Run Time2h 3 min
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In 1558, Catholic Queen Mary dies from a cancerous tumour in her womb. Mary’s heir and Protestant half-sister, Elizabeth, under house arrest for conspiracy charges, is freed and crowned the Queen of England. As briefed by her adviser William Cecil, Elizabeth inherits a distressed England besieged by debts, crumbling infrastructure, hostile neighbours, and treasonous nobles within her administration, chief among them the Duke of Norfolk. Cecil advises Elizabeth to marry, produce an heir, and secure her rule. Unimpressed with her suitors, Elizabeth delays her decision and continues her secret affair with Lord Robert Dudley. Cecil appoints Francis Walsingham, a Protestant exile returned from France, to act as Elizabeth’s bodyguard and adviser. Mary of Guise lands an additional 4,000 French troops in neighbouring Scotland. Unfamiliar with military strategy and browbeaten by Norfolk at the war council, Elizabeth orders a military response, which proves disastrous when the professional French soldiers defeat the inexperienced, ill-trained English forces.

Walsingham tells Elizabeth that Catholic lords and priests intentionally deprived Elizabeth’s army of proper soldiers and used their defeat to argue for Elizabeth’s removal. Realising the depth of the conspiracy against her and her dwindling options, Elizabeth accepts Mary of Guise’s conditions to consider marrying her nephew Henry of France. To stabilize her rule and heal England’s religious divisions, Elizabeth proposes the Act of Uniformity, which unites English Christians under the Church of England and severs their connection to the Vatican. In response to the Act’s passage, the Vatican sends a priest to England to aid Norfolk and his cohorts in their growing plot to overthrow Elizabeth. Unaware of the plot, Elizabeth meets Henry of France but ignores his advances in favour of Lord Robert. William Cecil confronts Elizabeth over her indecisiveness about marrying and reveals Lord Robert is married to another woman. Elizabeth rejects Henry’s marriage proposal when she discovers he is a cross-dresser and confronts Lord Robert about his secrets, fracturing their idyllic affair and banishing him from her private residence.

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Cast:

Cate Blanchett Cate Blanchett
Queen Elizabeth I
Geoffrey Rush Geoffrey Rush
Sir Francis Walsingham
Joseph Fiennes Joseph Fiennes
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
Richard Attenborough Richard Attenborough
Sir William Cecil
Christopher Eccleston Christopher Eccleston
Duke of Norfolk
Kathy Burke Kathy Burke
Queen Mary Tudor
Fanny Ardant Fanny Ardant
Mary of Guise
Vincent Cassel Vincent Cassel
Duc d'Anjou
Eric Cantona Eric Cantona
Monsieur de Foix
Emily Mortimer Emily Mortimer
Kat Ashley
Kelly Macdonald Kelly Macdonald
Isabel Knollys

In 1558, Catholic Queen Mary dies from a cancerous tumour in her womb. Mary’s heir and Protestant half-sister, Elizabeth, under house arrest for conspiracy charges, is freed and crowned the Queen of England. As briefed by her adviser William Cecil, Elizabeth inherits a distressed England besieged by debts, crumbling infrastructure, hostile neighbours, and treasonous nobles within her administration, chief among them the Duke of Norfolk. Cecil advises Elizabeth to marry, produce an heir, and secure her rule. Unimpressed with her suitors, Elizabeth delays her decision and continues her secret affair with Lord Robert Dudley. Cecil appoints Francis Walsingham, a Protestant exile returned from France, to act as Elizabeth’s bodyguard and adviser. Mary of Guise lands an additional 4,000 French troops in neighbouring Scotland. Unfamiliar with military strategy and browbeaten by Norfolk at the war council, Elizabeth orders a military response, which proves disastrous when the professional French soldiers defeat the inexperienced, ill-trained English forces.

Walsingham tells Elizabeth that Catholic lords and priests intentionally deprived Elizabeth’s army of proper soldiers and used their defeat to argue for Elizabeth’s removal. Realising the depth of the conspiracy against her and her dwindling options, Elizabeth accepts Mary of Guise’s conditions to consider marrying her nephew Henry of France. To stabilize her rule and heal England’s religious divisions, Elizabeth proposes the Act of Uniformity, which unites English Christians under the Church of England and severs their connection to the Vatican. In response to the Act’s passage, the Vatican sends a priest to England to aid Norfolk and his cohorts in their growing plot to overthrow Elizabeth. Unaware of the plot, Elizabeth meets Henry of France but ignores his advances in favour of Lord Robert. William Cecil confronts Elizabeth over her indecisiveness about marrying and reveals Lord Robert is married to another woman. Elizabeth rejects Henry’s marriage proposal when she discovers he is a cross-dresser and confronts Lord Robert about his secrets, fracturing their idyllic affair and banishing him from her private residence.

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