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If you want a primer on political intrigue and the history of catholic/protestant power politics, ta this is the movie for you. A wonderful script and direction compliments fine acting across the board. The scenery, sets and costumes are beautifully authentic. The interactions between Queen Elizabeth and Dudley are a bit cartoonish, and the nature of women retain their misogynistic foundations, but still an entertaining movie.
No its not completely true history.... few films are. But its great drama with two giants of acting at their best. Redgrave and Jackson are tremendous, as are all the production values. A delicious flick.
The tumultuous life of passion, betrayal, and death is wrapped in to a movie worth watching. Charles Jarrott captures the life of Mary, both queen of Scotland and France and her confrontation with her cousin Queen Elizabeth I. Everything about the movie pulls you in.
Watchable, but it seems to be missing at least half an hour. The pacing is abrupt and the scenes frailly motivated, as if the filmmakers had given up trying to be accessible to any but the history buffs. Vanessa Redgrave lacks focus in the title role, playing her sometimes spoiled, sometimes imperious, other times terrified and other times in complete control. The script lacks the cleverness of Hal Wallis's other late historical dramas, notably "Becket," but there are some good performances--Timothy Dalton as Darnley is conniving and fascinating; Glenda Jackson's Elizabeth is, as always, regal and wise with a sense (in this case, a wicked one) of fun. Then there are John Barry's addictive score and enough lavish sets and costumes to shame the closets of the Royal Shakespeare Company. But even by the standards of costume dramas, this is stodgy, dry, and uneven.
The movie takes several liberties with historical fact, but it's still very entertaining.
interesting historical/period pic
A very interesting fictional interplay between Mary Stuart and Queen Elizabeth I carried by two fabulous actors in Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson.
Mary, Queen of Scots is an excellent film. It is about Mary Stuart who is the last Roman Catholic ruler of Scotland. Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Charles Jarrott did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. Mary, Queen of Scots is a must see.
Oscar nominated 5 time 1971 bio-drama about Mary, Queen of Scotland and her suspicious cousin Queen Elizabeth Tudor of England. There is more royal inbreeding in this film than you could imagine. It's still faithful to history in most respects but gets criticised for a few scenes, like the Queens actually meeting... they did not.
[img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRIFCPiYHuuXXQW6gjCOlgdQqiDfsLL_CMM59oWegTL-luLhyK-[/img] Mary's brother is a traitor and not worthy
Naive Mary (Redgrave) accepts to return to her native country Scotland a young widow, only to be manipulated by her cousin Queen Elizabeth (Jackson) into another marriage of her choosing (with Timothy Dalton,a James Bond), not Mary's.
[img]http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTAbWAcQICnWdei2F4oMhL3Djd5XikzGty5DvJmvxjwiPW3FbKr6Q[/img] Stern Queen Elizabeth Tudor (Glenda Jackson)
Queen Mary vowed to rule with mercy and ignored advice to the contrary. She thought that with time she could gather support to invade England and regain her rightful throne there, removing cousin Queen Elizabeth Tudor.
But no two cousins could be further apart in personality and eventually Elizabeth gained the upper hand on Mary and eventually Mary payed the ulitimate price after years of royal "imprisonment" at various castles.
[img]http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQMvy55xSXGYEU0GT87cni9E6UrZcI4wA5yDfs2cxWrdjBfah3T[/img] Mary Queen of Scots (Redgrave) who loved yet lost at love
Can be difficult to follow with all the language of the period, but it's not too enslaved by it as say a Shakespeare play. You just have to sort of ignore some of the dialog and figure all will reveal itself in due time.
[img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTLhctUuCyPsgDLyGuSJvmgpm6dWLEiJ_NUWOlwfNo1OTmZpReq[/img] Her second husband and gay, "thought" he would be a real King. But at least he did manage to father a boy.
"Mary, Queen of Scots is a 1971 Universal Pictures biographical film based on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. Leading an all-star cast are Vanessa Redgrave as the titular character and Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I."-- Wikipedia
The real source of friction between Queen Mary, a Catholic and her subjects is a religious one. Scotland became dominated by Protestants who threw out or executed the Catholic heirarchy in Scotland. Mary no sooner gets to the shores of Scotland then she is met with a problem which will vex her reign for years.
[img]http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR6KYC3q2SR7_2b1rl8JAh6d0ITUbvcx_WDetNlgiTMPrWMrVXaHQ[/img] Shrewd Queen Elizabeth Tudor is in control all the time to the bitter end
I am sure most of RT's young fan base will recoil from watching this fine film and the great acting performances of Redgrave, Jackson, Patrick McGoohan and the rest of the cast.... but don't sell it short. A fine film by legend producer Hal Wallis.
[img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQUQojyeLnk-wrkOjoyr_qraL4U25Gi-9Hs35c8u2Ai_pnY643WQA[/img] Poor Mary
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this is THE cheese, historical soap opera. the two lead actress are terrific, the sequencing is epic and the dialogues...
Well made period piece with good dialogue. Glenda Jackson was especially superb. Biggest flaws were an inherent sense of triteness coupled with seriou...
[img]http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQc_1igJlQz6jiH5GNoizMfWjieI6wqTjJhjyc5sUvFxLyCXjL3[/img] Mary arriving ashore where she thought she was welcome
SEE the entire film here, it's pure spectacle on screen:
Vanessa Redgrave as Mary, Queen of Scots.
Glenda Jackson as Queen Elizabeth I of England
Patrick McGoohan as Mary's half-brother James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray
Timothy Dalton as Mary's second husband Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley
Nigel Davenport as Mary's third husband, James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell
Trevor Howard as Elizabeth's advisor Sir William Cecil
Daniel Massey as Elizabeth's lover, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
Ian Holm as Mary's advisor, David Rizzio
Robert James as Scottish religious reformer John Knox
Richard Denning as Mary's first husband, King Francis II of France
Katherine Kath as Mary's first mother-in-law, Catherine de' Medici
Vernon Dobtcheff as Mary's uncle, the Duke of Guise
Raf De La Torre as her other uncle, the Cardinal of Lorraine
Richard Warner as Elizabeth's spy master Francis Walsingham
Bruce Purchase as the Earl of Morton
Brian Coburn as the Earl of Huntly.
Jeremy Bulloch as Andrew
Hal B. Wallis
this is THE cheese, historical soap opera. the two lead actress are terrific, the sequencing is epic and the dialogues... well like i said, THE cheese. erything is made so shakespearean and tragic, it makes me think historical dramatizations like that should be what populates the afternoon tv. it would be better for it. As cheezy , but better.