Elizabeth

Elizabeth

DVD - 2003
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Queen Elizabeth I must learn to weigh her counsel carefully and ignore her private yearnings if she is to keep her crown--and her head.
Publisher: Universal Studios, CA : Universal, 2003
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780783277448
078327744X
9786307398453
6307398450
9786311268995
631126899X
Branch Call Number: PN1995.9.H5 E45 2003 DVD
DVD Elizabeth
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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CTarcza
Sep 23, 2017

Beautiful film. It's not historically accurate and as a result I found a few parts to be a bit confusing. Overall though it's one of my favorite films and I think it gives viewers some sense of what it must have been like for Queen Elizabeth.

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NGYSOBKNRIWFHBLMSH
Sep 05, 2017

I agree that it is historically inaccurate to have Elizabeth railing to the ceiling to stop the execution of her cousin. 1) she feared her cousin's influence, and, 2) if she wanted it stopped, she could have, after all, she was the queen. the way the Spanish are portrayed is rather crude and anglo-centric, too. the acting of the actress portraying Queen Anne, on the scaffold is quite affecting, indeed. Well done! Sir Walter Raleigh comes off well, in this film, also. But Elizabeth's having to beg him for a kiss seems bad writing.

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MartineVK
Jul 04, 2017

It really boggles the mind why inferior screenwriters (and their producers) have to concoct made-up stories about the Tudors, when there were already so many incidents in their lives just calling out to be dramatized. It actually worries me that viewers unfamiliar with English history will think that this fantasy about Elizabeth I is her true story. Cate Blanchett is a good actor, but this film is an embarrassment. Try one of the better versions with Helen Mirren, Anne-Marie Duff, or even the one from years back with Glenda Jackson. This version is strictly for the naïve.

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BurgensisClaudi
May 18, 2017

If you're looking for great aesthetics and decent acting, you could certainly do far worse than ELIZABETH, but if you're looking for historical accuracy, I'd steer clear of this flick. Honestly, I'm not typically a stickler for historical accuracy if it furthers a satisfying narrative. We are, after all, watching a movie. Unfortunately, this movie's story is too muddled to be called satisfying and too fictional to be called educational. I guess that leaves the pretty costumes and the acting. They are both, as previously stated, very nice.

AL_TIEGAN Dec 12, 2016

Absolutely my favorite movie about Queen Elizabeth I! Cate Blanchett is amazing! I love this movie so much, I still own my VHS copy.

LPL_MurielG Apr 13, 2016

This movie is a historical drama, but it is shot and scored with the conventions of a horror film. The tension and suspense had me on the edge of my seat. I can't speak to the historical accuracy, since I don't really know anything about history. However, the acting in this is superb and it's lovely to watch.

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Cas22
Jan 03, 2016

This 2008 film of the later years of Elizabeth I’s reign is a beautifully filmed, sumptuous spectacle with a powerful, if sometimes histrionic, performance by Cate Blanchett as the queen. Clive Owen as Sir Walter Raleigh also puts in a great performance but Geoffrey Rush as Sir Francis Walsingham doesn’t really get to display his considerable acting talents.

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librarianatlarge
Dec 01, 2015

A ridiculous mess of a movie. Chronology wrong, history wrong, characters wrong, settings wrong, costumes wrong. Do not think you will learn anything about Elizabeth I's reign from this idiotic movie. The actors have done a great job with the script, but the script is so bad, it is insane. Really, do we really think the queen of England lived in Durham cathedral? Give me a break!

susanjbrittain Jan 20, 2015

Still a favorite.

craigdicht Oct 18, 2014

I returned this item

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Elizabeth: "Tonight, I think I die."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Lord Robert Dudley (to Elizabeth): "Remember who you are. Do not be afraid of them."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Queen Mary: "They say this cancer will make you queen, but they are wrong. Look there, that is your death warrant. All I need do is sign it." Elizabeth: "Mary, if you sign that paper you will be murdering your own sister."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Queen Mary: "When I look at you I see nothing of the king, only that whore, your mother. My father never did anything so well as to cut off her head." Elizabeth: "Your Majesty forgets he was also my father."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Elizabeth: "When I am queen, I promise... to act as my conscience dictates." Queen Mary: "Well do not think to be queen at all!"

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Earl of Arundel: "War is a sin, but sometimes, a necessary one."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Bishop #1: "Madam, by this act... by this act, you force us to relinquish our allegiance to the Holy Father." Queen Elizabeth I: "How can I force you, Your Grace? I am 'a woman'. ...I have no desire to make windows into men's souls. I simply ask, can any man, in truth, serve two masters, and be faithful to both?" Bishop #2: "Madam, this - this is heresy!" Queen Elizabeth I: "No, Your Grace, this is... common sense. ...Which is a most English virtue."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley: "Forgive me, Madam, but you are only a woman..." Queen Elizabeth I: "I may be a woman, Sir William, but if I choose I have the heart of a man! I am my father's daughter, and I am not afraid of anything."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Sir Francis Walsingham: "Your Grace is arrested. You must go with these men to the Tower." Duke of Norfolk: "I must do nothing by your orders. I am Norfolk!" Sir Francis Walsingham: "You were Norfolk. (shows him his own signature on the treasonous letter from Rome) The dead have no titles."

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Monolith
May 02, 2012

Duke of Norfolk: "So cut off my head… and make me a martyr. The people will always remember it." Sir Francis Walsingham: "No... they will forget."

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