• Elizabeth (1998)

Elizabeth

Release Date: November 6th, 1998

DVD Release Date: May 25th, 1999

R |2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

Elizabeth Tudor (Cate Blanchett) becomes queen of a divided and dangerous England in 1558. She is roundly perceived as weak by threats from within and abroad, and she is strongly advised to marry by counsel William Cecil (Richard Attenborough). But she will be married only to her country. Intelligent and cautious, she must choose where to place her trust: with her shrewd secretary Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush), a master of espionage, or her secret lover, Sir Robert Dudley (Joseph Fiennes).

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes, Richard Attenborough, Fanny Ardant, Kathy Burke, √Čric Cantona

Director: Shekhar Kapur

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Distributors: Polygram, Gramercy Pictures, 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Gripping, Love, Emotional, England, Rivalry, Suspenseful, Brooding, Sacrifice

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The texture of the film is enough to recommend it, even apart from the story. show more

  • 88
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    A fascinating whirl of politics and palace intrigue. show more

  • 75
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Acted and directed with great energy and imagination. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Awards

Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Art Direction
Winner Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Best Picture
Winner Makeup
Nominated Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)