Mary, Queen of Scots

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Released 1971

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Mary, Queen of Scots

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Director:
Charles Jarrott
Released:
1971
Rating:
PG-13
Mary, Queen of Scots is a drama detailing the life and hardships of Mary Stuart (Vanessa Redgrave). Director and producer Hal B. Wallis shows the contrasting characters and lives of two Queens in history and their fight for the throne. Mary is crowned with the title of Queen at the early age of only six days old. She is to be the last Roman Catholic power of Scotland. Her cousin Queen Elizabeth I (Glenda Jackson) is very displeased with the idea of Mary being ruler and begins to chart her own agenda. When Mary comes back from her stay in France, she finds that several people want to keep her from power, and they all seem to be her family members. Not only is Queen Elizabeth after her, but her own husband and brother are willing to do all they can to stand in her way and prevent her from assuming power.

Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Historical dramas can be fun if you approach them in the right spirit, and I enjoyed Mary, Queen of Scots.

  • 70

    Variety

    A large cast of excellent players appears to good advantage under the direction of Charles Jarrott. Superior production details and the cast help overcome an episodic, rambling story.

  • 50

    Time Out

    Meticulously schoolmarmish, John Hale's script lays out all the power plays behind Elizabeth Tudor's battle to keep Mary Stuart off her throne, but fails to provide much else.

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