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Elizabeth -1998 Film -7.

5/10 Stars The film sees a young Elizabeth elevated to the throne on the death of her halfsister Mary I, who had imprisoned her. Her reign over the divided and bankrupt r ealm is perceived as weak and under threat of invasion by Early Modern France or Habsburg Spain. For the future stability and security of the crown she is urged by advisor William Cecil (Attenborough) to marry, and has suitors in the Cathol ic Philip II of Spain and the French Henri, Duc d'Anjou. She instead embarks on an affair with the wholly unsuitable Robert Dudley (Fiennes). Elizabeth must counter threats from within such as the powerful 4th Duke of Norf olk (Eccleston), and from the armies of Mary of Guise (Ardant) garrisoned in Sco tland. She also faces plots from Rome directed by Pope Pius V (Gielgud). Assiste d by her 'spymaster' Francis Walsingham (Rush), she puts down the threats both i nternal and external, ruthlessly executing the plotters. Elizabeth eventually en ds her affair and resolves to marry nobody except England. The film ends with El izabeth assuming the persona of the 'Virgin Queen', initiating England's Golden Age. Release date: November 6, 1998 (USA) Director: Shekhar Kapur MPAA rating: R Screenplay: Michael Hirst Awards: Academy Award for Makeup, BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress Motion Picture Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a L eading Role, BAFTA Award for Best Makeup & Hair, London Film Critics Circle Awar d for Actress of the Year, Satellite Award for Best Costume Design, Broadcast Fi lm Critics Association Award for Best Actress, National Board of Review Award fo r Best Director, BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography, Bollywood Movie Award for Pride of India Award, BAFTA Award for Best British Film, Satellite Award for Bes t Actress Motion Picture, Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actres s, BFCA Critics' Choice Award for Best Breakthrough Performer