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Mary, Queen of Scots (Dec-1971)

Director: Charles Jarrott

Writer: John Hale

Music Composed and Conducted by: John Barry

Producer: Hal B. Wallis

Keywords: Drama, British Royalty, Biography

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jeremy Bulloch
16-Feb-1945   Boba Fett in the Star Wars series
Timothy Dalton
21-Mar-1944   Played James Bond briefly
Nigel Davenport
23-May-1928 25-Oct-2013 Chariots of Fire
Vernon Dobtcheff
14-Aug-1934   Priceless
Ian Holm
12-Sep-1931   Time Bandits
Trevor Howard
29-Sep-1913 7-Jan-1988 Sons and Lovers
Glenda Jackson
9-May-1936   British MP, won Oscar for A Touch of Class
Andrew Keir
3-Apr-1926 5-Oct-1997 Quatermass and the Pit
Daniel Massey
10-Oct-1933 25-Mar-1998 Star!
Patrick McGoohan
19-Mar-1928 13-Jan-2009 Number Six on The Prisoner
Vanessa Redgrave
30-Jan-1937   Julia


Vanessa Redgrave   ...   Mary, Queen of Scots
Glenda Jackson   ...   Queen Elizabeth
Patrick McGoohan   ...   James Stuart
Timothy Dalton   ...   Henry, Lord Darnley
Nigel Davenport   ...   Lord Bothwell
Trevor Howard   ...   William Cecil
Ian Holm   ...   David Riccio
Daniel Massey   ...   Robert Dudley
Andrew Keir   ...   Ruthven
Tom Fleming   ...   Fr. Ballard
Katherine Kath   ...   Catherine De Medici
Beth Harris   ...   Mary Seton
Frances White   ...   Mary Fleming
Bruce Purchase   ...   Morton
Brian Coburn   ...   Huntly
Vernon Dobtcheff   ...   Duc De Guise
Raf De La Torre   ...   Cardinal De Guise
Richard Warner   ...   Walsingham
Maria Aitken   ...   Lady Bothwell
Jeremy Bulloch   ...   Andrew
Robert James   ...   John Knox
Richard Denning   ...   Francis, King of France


Review by Laura Brown (posted on 5-Aug-2007)

Breathtaking historical drama with exquisite costume design and score by John Barry. The scenes of green, misty England and the castle of Chartres in the Loire Valley are enough to make you book a plane ticket. This is Glenda Jackson and Vanessa Redgrave at their finest. Ms Jackson, who also played Elizabeth I in a PBS Miniseries (Elizabeth R) was born to play the role... You can almost see her all-male council quaking in their boots when she gets her back hairs up. Vaness Redgrave plays the doomed Mary sympathetically, and historical facts are glossed over quite a bit as Lord Bothwell (Nigel Davenport) is played as a rescuing hero rather than a roguish ravisher. That will be fine with female viewers; his turning point scene with Mary is akin to Rhett Butler carrying Scarlett up the grand staircase. Patrick MacGoohan is great as James Stuart, Mary's illegitimate half-brother, who must appear to have no ambitions to the throne but does his best (or worst) all the same. Superb supporting roles by Timothly Dalton as Lord Darnely, Mary's foppish first husband, and Ian Holm as the courtly David Rizzio. Of course, we all know how it ends, but the film keeps your attention until Mary's tragic end, and then some. It's so good that I've been looking for it on tape for about 20 years, and was delighted to find it near release date in a DVD set with 'Anne of the Thousand Days' on Amazon.

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