Elizabeth

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Universal Pictures Released 1998

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Director:
Shekhar Kapur
Released:
1998
Rating:
R
Elizabeth stars Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett in a stunning, tour de force performance as Elizabeth I, England's Virgin Queen. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Elizabeth traces the Queen's ascension to the throne after the death of her sister, Queen Mary I. Her reign beginning under inauspicious circumstances, with England teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and her people divided, the young Elizabeth is strongly urged to marry to avoid invasion by enemy forces. Eschewing the suitors put forth by adviser William Cecil (Richard Attenborough), Elizabeth instead embarks on a dangerously passionate relationship with childhood sweetheart Robert Dudley, Earl of Liecester (Joseph Fiennes). Her throne under threat from ambitious relatives, a scheming alliance between France and Scotland, and her Roman enemy, Pope Pius V, Elizabeth is forced to rely upon her ruthless spymaster Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush) to keep her enemies at bay and her throne secure. Broken hearted and betrayed by her married lover, Elizabeth is forced to shake off the vestiges of the girl she was and become the icy Virgin Queen to maintain control of her throne and her people. A surprisingly suspenseful historical drama, Elizabeth is bolstered by an all-star cast and stellar writing.moreless

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  • 90

    Variety

    Superior historical soap opera that shrewdly sidesteps all the cliches of British costume drama with its bold, often modern approach.

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    This Elizabeth is presented as a glamorously stressed-out modern woman who must cope with a super-intense case of having it all.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times

    Period movies inevitably reflect more about the period in which they're made than the period of their subject, and rarely has that been more evident -- or more distracting -- than ...

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