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ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE

 
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At Theaters: 10/12/2007 On Video: 2/5/2008
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 54 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 489927
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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Queen Elizabeth I is facing bloodlust for her throne and familial betrayal. Growing keenly aware of the changing religious and political tides of late 16th century Europe, Elizabeth finds her rule openly challenged by the Spanish King Philip II with his powerful army and sea-dominating armada--determined to restore England to Catholicism. 
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Thriller - Like the first film, this is a historical costume drama that is a bit more fast-paced and accessible to general audiences than the norm. This is also once again a great showcase for star Cate Blanchett. There is a fair amount of violent content.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Cate Blanchett NOTES ON A SCANDAL, THE GOOD GERMAN, BABEL
Geoffrey Rush MUNICH, INTOLERABLE CRUELTY
Clive Owen CHILDREN OF MEN, INSIDE MAN, DERAILED, CLOSER
Samantha Morton LIBERTINE, CODE 46, MINORITY REPORT
Abbie Cornish A GOOD YEAR
Rhys Ifans HANNIBAL RISING
Jordi Molla THE ALAMO, BAD BOYS II
Director: Shekhar Kapur FOUR FEATHERS, ELIZABETH
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About The Production
Cast The Film
Costumes And Makeup Fit For A Queen
Location
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PROFANITY: Some miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief nonsexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: Shootings, stabbings with minimal blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Gunplay and ship battles.
COMEDY: A rare comic line here and there.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average In short, this is an adequate follow-up to the critically lauded Elizabeth and will satisfy (if not overjoy) some fans of the genre, but it does not top its predecessor...

Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average 'Elizabeth, the Golden Age' is weighed down by its splendor. There are scenes where the costumes are so sumptuous, the sets so vast, the music so insistent, that we lose sight of the humans behind the dazzle of the production.

USA Today Full Review
Average The movie looks beautiful, enhanced by intriguing camerawork and sumptuous production design. But the music is overbearing, perhaps to compensate for the pedestrian script and dull history lesson.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 88 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
20-29Yg Adults (M)
10
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
7
High
86%
30+Adults (M)
29
High
97%
30+Adults (F)
42
Very High
98%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 88 moviegoers: TWENTYSOMETHINGS:A little better than half the males really enjoyed this movie and all the rest rated it as average, which is good. About three-quarters of the females truly enjoyed "Elizabeth." Unfortunately, the remaining quarter only rated it as "Fair," which equals below average. Certainly recommended, but not strongly.
ADULTS:GREAT REVIEWS from both males and females! Only a small percentage rated it somewhat low. Your probability of enjoying this movie is very high. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
It is 1585 and, having reigned over England for nearly three decades, Queen Elizabeth I (CATE BLANCHETT) continues to face bloodlust for her throne and the lingering threat of familial betrayal. A channel away, a destructive wind of fundamentalist Catholicism blows across 16th century Europe, with Spain's Philip II (JORDI MOLLA), its figurehead. Backed by the Church in Rome and armed with the Inquisition, Philip—with his powerful army and sea-dominating armada—presents an imminent threat to Queen and Country…the dark and pious king is determined to wrest the Protestant "heretic” from the throne and restore England to the glory that is the Roman Catholic Church.

Preparing to go to war to defend her empire, Elizabeth also struggles to balance ancient royal duties with an unexpected vulnerability in her love for Raleigh—despite his status as a commoner—who remains forbidden for a Queen sworn body and soul to her country. Unable and unwilling to pursue her passion, Elizabeth encourages her favored lady-in-waiting, Bess (ABBIE CORNISH), to befriend Raleigh and keep him near.

But such a strategy places Elizabeth at the center of their courtship, where she has no choice but to observe their growing intimacy. In the dashing and adventurous Raleigh, she sees not only an intellectual and spirited equal, but also a clarion of lands beyond, the unexplored globe, infinite…freedom. By electing Bess to take her place, she is ultimately forced to make the anguishing choice between being a woman and being a Queen.

And as she charts her course abroad, Elizabeth's trusted advisor, Sir Francis Walsingham (GEOFFREY RUSH), continues his masterful puppetry of her court at home—and her campaign to solidify absolute power. Through an intricate spy network, Walsingham uncovers an assassination plot that could topple the throne. But as he unmasks traitors that may include Elizabeth's own cousin Mary Stuart (SAMANTHA MORTON), he unknowingly sets England on a course of destruction.

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