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Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

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Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

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Josie Rourke

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Beau Willimon (screenplay by), John Guy (based on the book "Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart" by) (as Dr. John Guy)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Bain ... Snuffer Woman
Richard Cant ... Thomas Andrews
Guy Rhys Guy Rhys ... Earl of Kent
Thom Petty ... Earl of Shrewsbury
Saoirse Ronan ... Mary Stuart
Izuka Hoyle ... Mary Seton
Margot Robbie ... Queen Elizabeth I
John Ramm John Ramm ... Bull
Simon Russell Beale ... Robert Beale
Abby Cassidy Abby Cassidy ... Fotheringhay Gentlewoman
Shalisha James-Davis Shalisha James-Davis ... Fotheringhay Gentlewoman
Maria Dragus ... Mary Fleming
Eileen O'Higgins ... Mary Beaton
Liah O'Prey ... Mary Livingston
Greg Miller Burns ... Thomas Hepburn
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Storyline

Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history. Written by Focus Features

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Two Queens. One Future. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$194,777, 9 December 2018

Gross USA:

$16,468,499

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,710,283
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Queen Mary speaks to a man who says, in Gaelic, that he comes from Thurso in Caithness. Caithness had Gaelic-speaking communies into the 20th century. Gaelic speakers were recorded from the parish of Thurso in the 19th century. See more »

Goofs

Darnley wasn't exiled to Kirk o' Field, he was sent there with the pox, for medical quarantine. See more »

Quotes

Mary Fleming: Might I ask - since we have not known it ourselves - what is it like?
Mary Stuart: To have a man? I have only lain with François. He shook terribly from fright. As did I. The poor boy did his best. But, it was over before it began.
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Featured in The Oscars (2019) See more »

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Les Poules Huppées
Written by Gilles Chabenat
Arranged by William Lyons
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Disappointing storytelling
28 December 2018 | by nancyldraperSee all my reviews

An emotional portrayal rather than an historically faithful account of Mary's relationship with Elizabeth of England. This was based on a book MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS: THE TRUE LIFE OF MARY STUART which was touted as "the first full-scale biography of Mary Stuart in more than 30 years...uncovering a trove of new sources for the first time". While John Guy may have wished to establish Mary as the "intellectual and political equal of Elizabeth I" the screenwriter of the movie portrays Elizabeth as weak and distant from her own political processes and there is no credible explanation why Elizabeth made the decisions she did. If Mary was a true and worthy queen whereas Elizabeth was weak and an emotional mess, how did Mary end up on the executioner's block and Elizabeth manage to successfully hold her throne for 44 years? Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie give emotionally deep performances, as expected. But the screenplay writer muddles up any political, religious or ideological (or even personal) logic for the climate of the day which inevitably set the course for Mary's life path. There is no clarity in why one was either Protestant or Roman would be such an insurmountable issue, partly because John Knox was so poorly written (despite having hidden the very talented and capable David Tennant behind all the hair). Disappointing story telling. Waste of good actors. I rate this film a 4 (poor) out of 10. I know I may be expressing a minority opinion, because, by and large, the people I spoke to as we exited the theatre, seemed to like the movie, but more troubling, they accepted the historical portrayal while confessing to never having known anything before about Mary, Queen of Scotland. {Historical? BioPic}


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