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Cate Blanchett, Golden Globe winner for Best Actress in a Drama, along with Geoffrey Rush, Richard Attenborough and John Gielgud lead a remarkable cast in a thriller of intrigue in the court of one of history's greatest monarchs, Queen Elizabeth I.

England, 1554. Young, passionate Elizabeth Tudor (Blanchett) comes to the throne amidst bloody turmoil. Among her courtiers are the venerable Sir William Cecil (Attenborough), her lover the Earl of Leicester (Joseph Fiennes), the imperious Dale of Norfolk (Christopher Eccleston), and her advisor Walsingham (Rush). She must learn to weigh her council carefully and ignore her private yearnings if she is to keep her crown--and her head.


Studio Universal
SKU 204731058
UPC 025195015455
UPC 14 00025195015455
Format DVD
Release Date 9/18/2007
Rating Rating
Historic Events
Historic Figures
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The story of Queen Elizabeth I, from her days as an innocent young woman to her coronation, up to the formation of her reputation as England's stern "Virgin Queen". A lush portrait of history, full of pomp, intrigue, and romance and anchored by Blanchett's award-winning performance and colorful direction from Indian newcomer Kapur. Academy Award winner for Best Makeup, Nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress, Cinematography, Art Direction/Set Direction, Costume Design, Dramatic Score.
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...Entirely fresh, sometimes radical, consistently entertaining....[Blanchett is] seductive, refined and potent..." 06/01/1999 p.81
Rolling Stone "...Cate Blanchett has a passionate fire and wit that command attention..." 11/26/1998 p.132
Sight and Sound "...ELIZABETH is bold and moving..." 11/01/1998 p.47-8
Entertainment Weekly "...Flashy, gripping filmmaking....[Blanchett has] fiery, sexy directness..." -- Rating: A 04/30/1999 pp.99-100
New York Times "...[Blanchett] brings spirit, beauty and substance to [her role]..." 11/06/1998 p.E16
Box Office "...[Blanchett] is wonderful....Her transition from maiden to monarch is fascinating..." 11/01/1998 p.136
Los Angeles Times "...[Blanchett] has a commanding grip on her character and gives her a seamless transition from naïve idealist to steely monarch..." 11/06/1998 p.C4
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] robust period melodrama with an eye-catching pan-global cast..." 12/01/2007 p.152
Shekhar Kapur
Joseph Fiennes
Cate Blanchett
Geoffrey Rush
Cast & Crew
Cate Blanchett - Actor
Christopher Eccleston - Actor
David Hirschfelder - Original Music By
Geoffrey Rush - Actor
Jill Bilcock - Editor
John Gielgud - Actor
Joseph Fiennes - Actor
Kathy Burke - Actor
Lucy Richardson - Art Director
Michael Hirst - Writer
Remi Adefarasin - Cinematographer
Richard Attenborough - Actor
Shekhar Kapur - Director
Tim Bevan, et. al. - Producer
Vincent Cassel - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
Catalog ID 61101937
UPC 00025195015455
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Winner (1999) British Academy Awards, Alison Owen, et. al., Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film,British Academy Awards, David Hirschfelder, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music,British Academy Awards, Remi Adefarasin, Best Cinematography,British Academy Awards, Jenny Shircore, Best Make Up/Hair,British Academy Awards, Geoffrey Rush, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role,British Academy Awards, Cate Blanchett, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role,Golden Globe, Cate Blanchett, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama,Oscar, Jenny Shircore, Best Makeup
Winner (1998) Venice Film Festival, Jenny Shircore, Max Factor Award
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review One of the primary reasons Elizabeth works is because of the superlative performance of Cate Blanchett, who has turned out two of the most memorable female portrayals in the last two years...The supporting cast is top-notch. Geoffrey Rush brings something sinister to the crucial (if underwritten) role of Walsingham. Christopher Eccleston, who played the deliciously evil Mendel in A Price above Rubies, shows that he's every bit as good an antagonist in the 16th century as in the 20th...Elizabeth possesses a few weaknesses. The movie's editing is uneven, a situation that can result in occasional bouts of confusion when trying to unravel the Byzantine plotting going on at court, and the ending seems a little too pat. Overall, however, this is a fine historical melodrama, with enough adventure, intrigue, and romance to keep the proceedings from dragging...Shekhar Kapur's English-language debut is worth seeing, especially for those with an interest in the subject.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The England of the first Elizabeth is a dark and sensuous place; the court lives intimately with treachery, and cloaks itself in shadows and rude luxury. As seen through the fresh eyes of an Indian director, Shekhar Kapur, ``Elizabeth'' is not a light ``Masterpiece Theater'' production, but one steeped in rich, saturated colors and emotions. The texture of the film is enough to recommend it, even apart from the story...At the end of the film, Elizabeth announces, ``I have become a virgin.'' And so she remained, ruling over and in some sense creating the England that gave us Shakespeare. Think what a play he might have written about her, if commoners had been allowed to create characters out of reigning monarchs. No doubt he retired in sheer frustration.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Laura Miller, Salon.com ...an enjoyable new interpretation of this most enigmatic of rulers.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...a superior historical drama.
Siskel & Ebert at the Movies Two thumbs up...breathtaking...fabulous.

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