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Queen Elizabeth (Bette Davis) secretly loves the ambitious and courageous Earl of Essex (Errol Flynn), but at the same time she distrusts his desire for power, fearing he will exploit his political influence to her detriment. Though Essex's popularity soars when he returns victorious from a military campaign in Spain, Elizabeth instead chides him for prosecuting an unprofitable war. While the lovers quarrel, Sir Walter Raleigh (Vincent Price) schemes to bring about the downfall of Essex.

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Bette Davis
Queen Elizabeth
Errol Flynn
Earl of Essex
Olivia de Havilland
Lady Penelope Gray
Donald Crisp
Francis Bacon
Alan Hale
Earl of Tyrone
Vincent Price
Sir Walter Raleigh
Henry Stephenson
Lord Burghley
Nanette Fabray
Mistress Margaret Radcliffe
Ralph Forbes
Lord Knollys
Guy Bellis
Lord Charles Howard (uncredited)
Robert Warwick
Lord Mountjoy
Leo G. Carroll
Sir Edward Coke
Forrester Harvey
Bit Part (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd
Handmaiden (uncredited)
Maris Wrixon
Lady of the Court (uncredited)
Rosella Towne
Lady of the Court (uncredited)
John Sutton
Capt. Armand of the Queen's Guard (uncredited)
I. Stanford Jolley
Spectator Outside Whitehall Palace (uncredited)
Æneas MacKenzie
Screenwriter
Sol Polito
Cinematographer
Owen Marks
Film Editor
Anton Grot
Art Director
Orry-Kelly
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Critic Reviews for Elizabeth the Queen

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (2)

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  • Apr 14, 2011
    A film that basically relies on exchanges of fine dialogue. The war scenes are now dated and the final act is very weak, with the characters saying one thing only to contradict themselves and keep the plot moving, but Davis raises the movie from ordinary to enjoyable.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Another average historical drama with an all star cast. Worth watching, but not always very interesting.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2009
    Hadn't seen this until now and I was really surprised and pleased at the outcome. Being a story based around romance with much slow burning dialog I was fearful that I would be bored but this is very much in the same vein as 'Robin Hood' with its Technicolour vibrancy, lavish costumes and sets. When I say lavish I mean stunningly beautiful and bold right down to the last detail!, its exquisite in some scenes, every set is awesome and looks pretty faithful to what it may have looked like, albeit a bit fantasised. The costumes are also tremendous, every man and woman is dressed in amazing period attire that makes you wanna try them on yourself, dem threads!. Much of the drama unfolds on obvious sets, beautiful as they are they still look like sets. Same with some location work...its all obviously Warner back lots with the odd walkabout in California state somewhere, but you can forgive. As for acting its the usual stuff from Errol, kinda wooden and kinda basic but always looks good while doing it, though here he is clearly outdone by Davis as Elizabeth. Powerful, forceful and most of all believable as the tough female Queen, Davis was deep in her character shaving her hairline and eyebrows for that true Elizabethan look. Flynn and Davis did not get on well as I have read and the scene were Davis slaps Flynn across the face in the courtroom was actually a genuine slap and Flynn's reaction is quite real. He was pissed big time! classic silver screen moment. Davis storms away with this film though, Flynn is a mere speck to her thundering performance. Along the way we have Alan Hale again, this time against Flynn in Ireland. Check the beautiful swamp sets for the battles in Ireland, and of course the lovely Olivia De Havilland as the lady in waiting Penelope Gray. Lastly enter the great Vincent Price as Sir Walter Raleigh, looking the part in his beautiful outfits and adding a unique feel to the part with his classic vocal tones. Its all Curtiz genius again as he produces yet another stunning epic technicolour masterpiece. Nowhere near as much action and excitement as 'Robin Hood' but it actually looks MORE lavish than Hood if that's even possible. Plenty of verbal but its not boring in any way, the smooth bright dream like colours and grand visuals keep you watching. But like all Flynn films its not historically accurate so there is a little fun to be had, Hollywood always uses a bit of artistic licence, yet its clearly one of his more sensible films with little to no swashbuckling or shooting.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2008
    ms."i'm-a-big-hotsie-totsie-hollywood-actress" (and she was!) davis scorned poor swashbucklilng senor mister flynn as he was only a lowly boy adventurer while, after all, she was an world artiste but...(can she hear me? lemme know if she's comin', ok?) she was wrong. he suits his part as a travelling adventurer in service to the crown to a "T" and their chemistries give some actual human feeling to the plots and conspiracies integral to world beating, world-empire making afoot in the 15th century. and there's love too! awwww.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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