Facts and Figures

Run time: 124 mins

In Theaters: Friday 19th February 1999

Box Office Worldwide: $82.1M

Budget: $30M

Distributed by: Gramercy

Production compaines: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Working Title Films, Channel Four Films


Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Fresh: 48 Rotten: 11

IMDB: 7.5 / 10

Cast & Crew


Starring: as Elisabeth I, as Sir Francis Walsingham, as Duke of Norfolk, as Robert Dudley, as Sir William Cecil, as Mary of Guise, as Monsieur de Foix, as Duc d'Anjou, as Queen Mary, as Earl of Arundel, as Kat Ashley, as The Pope, as Alvaro de la Quadra, as Isabel Knollys, as Sir Thomas Elyot, as John Ballard, as Arundel's Son

Elizabeth Review

Seeing Elizabeth on the day of the impeachment of President Clinton was a bit strange, but it did put things in perspective.

450 years ago, no one would've thought a thing about a little intern boinking. Today, that's obviously big news, and it should have made the sexual, political, and religious escapades of Elizabeth all the more thrilling.

Too bad it doesn't. The tumultuous tale of young Elizabeth I's (Cate Blanchett) rise to power in the mid-1500s, we are treated to a two hour trip through her battles with the French, a number of suitors, the Pope, the Spanish, underhanded lords, and other nefarious types.

The problem is this all comes off as too cliquish, with Britons the obvious wink-wink insiders in all of this, as is typically the case with movies about roylaty. Despite a rash of good performances, lush camerawork, and great costumes, Elizabeth is just too stand-offish to really get into.

Lizzy gets jiggy.