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Lady Jane (1986)

The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a ... See full summary »

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Trevor Nunn

Writers:

Chris Bryant (story), David Edgar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Bonham Carter ... Lady Jane Grey
Cary Elwes ... Guilford Dudley
John Wood ... John Dudley, Duke of Nothumberland
Michael Hordern ... Dr. Feckenham
Jill Bennett ... Mrs. Ellen
Jane Lapotaire ... Princess Mary
Sara Kestelman Sara Kestelman ... Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk
Patrick Stewart ... Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk
Warren Saire Warren Saire ... King Edward VI
Joss Ackland ... Sir John Bridges
Ian Hogg ... Sir John Gates
Lee Montague ... Renard, the Spanish Ambassador
Richard Vernon ... The Marquess of Winchester
David Waller David Waller ... Archbishop Cranmer
Richard Johnson ... The Earl of Arundel
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Storyline

The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a scheming minister John Dudley marries off his son, Guildford to Lady Jane Grey, whom he places on the throne after Edward dies. At first hostile to each other, Guildford and Jane fall in love. But they cannot withstand the course of power which will lead to their ultimate downfall. Written by Samantha Santa Maria <TE7441667@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Under the shadow of the axe... See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La joven reina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,964, 9 February 1986

Gross USA:

$277,646

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$277,646
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie portrayed Jane as a dark eyed, dark haired girl when in actuality, Lady Jane Grey was very fair, with blonde hair and light eyes. She was described as very pleasant looking, except for her freckles, which were considered unbecoming on a young lady at the time. See more »

Goofs

Although the movie clearly has rewritten history to make a romance, in reality Jane and Guilford never lived in their own home, nor did they ever live as man and wife in the short time they were together; within a month of the marriage Jane was crowned Queen (and refused to crown Guilford King), and 9 days later they were both in prison, lodged in separate towers, and never had contact again. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Feckinham: And what would you be prepared to die for, Lady Jane?
Jane: I would die to free our people from the chains of bigotry and superstition.
Dr. Feckinham: What superstition did you have in mind?
Jane: Well, for example, the idea that a piece of bread can become the body of our Savior, father.
Dr. Feckinham: Did he not say at his Last Supper, "Take, eat, this is my body"?
Jane: He also said, "I am the vine, I am the door." Was he a vine, was he a door?
Dr. Feckinham: Who has been teaching you to say such things?
Jane: Don't you think I could have thought of them ...
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Referenced in As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride' (2001) See more »

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Very memorable
9 May 2002 | by gweniviereSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies where after you turn it off, it sticks with you. The acting is exquisite and the whole movie is executed with sensitivity. After watching it, I felt like I had to know more about Lady Jane Grey's real story. The truth, as the history books tell it, isn't quite as pretty or romantic as the movie made it seem, but other than that it is very historically accurate as most period piece movies go. I would strongly recommend this film (10 stars!) and would see it over again.


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