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Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

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Shekhar Kapur
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordi Mollà ... King Philip ll of Spain (as Jordi Molla)
Aimee King Aimee King ... Infanta
Cate Blanchett ... Queen Elizabeth I
Laurence Fox ... Sir Christopher Hatton
John Shrapnel ... Lord Howard
Geoffrey Rush ... Sir Francis Walsingham
Susan Lynch ... Annette
Elise McCave Elise McCave ... Laundry Woman
Samantha Morton ... Mary Stuart
Abbie Cornish ... Bess Throckmorton
Penelope McGhie Penelope McGhie ... Margaret
Rhys Ifans ... Robert Reston
Eddie Redmayne ... Thomas Babington
Stuart McLoughlin ... Savage
Clive Owen ... Sir Walter Raleigh
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Storyline

Two faiths, two empires, two rulers - colliding in 1588. Papist Spain wants to bring down the heretic Elizabeth. Philip is building an armada but needs a rationale to attack. With covert intrigue, Spain sets a trap for the Queen and her principal secretary, Walsingham, using as a pawn Elizabeth's cousin Mary Stuart, who's under house arrest in the North. The trap springs, and the armada sets sail, to rendezvous with French ground forces and to attack. During these months, the Virgin Queen falls in love with Walter Raleigh, keeping him close to court and away from the sea and America. Is treachery or heroism at his heart? Does loneliness await her passionate majesty? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Blanchett returns in the role for which she received an OSCAR nomination See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | Germany | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Swedish

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elizabeth: The Golden Age See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,153,075, 14 October 2007

Gross USA:

$16,383,509

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,782,758
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cate Blanchett was the presenter who awarded Eddie Redmayne the 2015 Oscar for Best Actor, for his portrayal of Dr. Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2015). See more »

Goofs

When Elizabeth walks to mass after Walter Raleigh lays his coat down, Bess Throckmorton is right behind the queen. In the next shot, she's at the end of the line, then behind the queen again. See more »

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Title Card: 1585
Title Card: Spain is the most powerful empire in the world. Philip of Spain, a devout Catholic, has plunged Europe into holy war. Only England stands against him, ruled by a Protestant Queen.
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Soundtracks

Volta a 4
Written by John Dowland
Performed by The Consort of Musicke
Conducted by Anthony Rooley
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Ltd
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Not all that glitters is gold
4 November 2007 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

A film with the same subject (England's most successful queen), the same leading actress (Cate Blanchett) and the same director (Shekhar Kapur) as the wonderful 1998 work "Elizabeth" excites great expectations and, while there are many jewels here, sadly all that glitters is not gold. As with the earlier movie, it looks magnificent, with wonderful locations. sets, and costumes, and the camera work is stunning with clever compositions and remarkable fluidity and angles. Again the acting is particularly fine with Blanchett a tour de force.

The focus is narrower in time, beginning in 1585 and climaxing with the defeat of the Spanish Armada three years later in action scenes absent from the first film. The main problem is the script from Michael Hirst & William Nicholson. The narrative is too slow and too confused and some of the lines are somewhat banal, while the attempt to create a romantic storyline between the 'virgin' queen and the adventurer Walter Raleigh (an able Clive Owen) is too contrived and unlikely.


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