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The Other Boleyn Girl (2003)





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U.K. documentary filmmaker Philippa Lowthorpe brings an experimental approach to the costume drama The Other Boleyn Girl, produced for television by BBC Films. Shot with a handheld digital camera, the film is a largely improvised project based on the best-selling novel by Philippa Gregory. In 16th century England, the recently married Mary Boleyn (Natascha McElhone) is encouraged to have an affair with the notorious King Henry VIII (Jared Harris) in order to improve the power of her family. When she gets pregnant, the king turns his attention to her sister Anne Boleyn (Jodhi May). Learning to play by the degrading rules of the king's court, Anne conspires with her brother George (Steven Mackintosh) to produce a male heir. The Other Boleyn Girl first aired on BBC Two March 28, 2003. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
Drama , Television
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Natascha McElhone
as Mary Boleyn
Jodhi May
as Anne Boleyn
Jared Harris
as King Henry VIII
Steven Mackintosh
as George Boleyn
Philip Glenister
as William Stafford
Jack Shepherd
as Thomas Boleyn
John Woodvine
as Uncle Howard
Ron Cook
as Thomas Cromwell
Anthony Howell
as William Carey
Jane Gurnett
as Elizabeth Boleyn
Yolanda Vasquez
as Katherine of Aragon
Oliver Chris
as Henry Percy
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Well I guess I have to give Jodhi May credit for portraying Anne to be such a bitch. She (Anne) probably was in real life. Anyway I couldn't appreciate this movie enough to give it more than two stars. I wasn't compelled to root for anyone except Mary and even then it was a lukewarm feeling. I do like Natascha McElhone essentially and maybe she played the character a little too simply for me. I wanted to see even more emotion than what she gave.

sloopy chicken lips  (aka Cynthia)
sloopy chicken lips (aka Cynthia)

This was a good film :) I was surprised since I accidentally got the 2003 version, but it was a pleasant surprise. This BBC production was actually just fine, and I was surprised that I recognized so many faces -.-x Anyway, worth a watch, but now I need to get the right version.

James Duke
James Duke

In terms of accuracy to the original plot of the novel, this version is much better than the recent film. Events are trucated too, but there are few if any continuity errors and all loose ends are tied up. However, this version is quite low budget - resulting in sets and props that look quite rural and too plain for wealthy homes of the period, as Tudor nobility were rather into showing off their wealth. So the two have their different strengths and weaknesses. If you want a version that sticks more to the novel, this one is for you. If however you want a sense of the wealth and glamour of the royal court, the 2008 version is better.

Kylie B
Kylie B

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