Mary Queen of Scots
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- Angela Bain
- Richard Cant
- Guy Rhys
- Thom Petty
- Saoirse Ronan
- Izuka Hoyle
- Margot Robbie
- John Ramm
- Simon Russell Beale
- Abby Cassidy
Did You Know?
- Scarlett Johansson was attached to play the lead role in 2006. She dropped out, and the project spent several years in development hell.
- Queen Mary lived in France from age 5 until age 18, and her mother, Mary of Guise, was French. She likely spoke with a French accent. Mary could speak Broad Scots, which was spoken in the big towns and much of the Lowlands, and was usually intelligible to English speakers. During Mary's reign, Scots Gaelic was spoken in the Scottish Highlands and northern and western parts of the Lowlands. The last Scottish king recorded as able to speak Gaelic was James IV. There is no evidence she could speak Norn, which is related to Norwegian and Danish, and was used in the Orkneys and Shetlands.
- Mary Stuart: Be my sister. Be my boy's Godmother. Together we could conquer all of those who doubt us. Do not play into their hands. Our enmity is precisely what they hope for. I know your heart has more within it than the men who counsel you.
- Queen Elizabeth I: I am more man than woman now. The throne has made me so. But I have no enmity with you.
- Mary Stuart: Except to seed rebellion and to deceive me time and time again.
- Queen Elizabeth I: If you still seek my protection, you would do well to watch your words.
- Mary Stuart: I will not be scolded by my inferior.
- Queen Elizabeth I: Your inferior?
- Mary Stuart: I am a Stuart, which gives me greater claim to England than you possess.
Atom User Reviews
Great performances all around. The sets and costumes where exquisite and the setting was gorgeous. Instead of pitting one queen against the other as I expected they decided to make it about how evil men are. The concept of men was the villain of the piece. There was mainly one evil guy pulling strings later on. The two sovereigns relationship was carefully woven and interesting. Definitely worth a watch! Many underlying themes to wrap your brain around.
Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie (for how little screentime she had,) were fantastic. I knew the history but, man, some of the events were tough to watch. Enjoyed seeing it brought to life on the big screen.
The depiction isn’t remotely believable, but with Ronan endowing her character with both a steel spine and a fresh-faced naïveté (in a performance that makes her the film’s sole great asset), it’s fun, even inspiring.
Director Rourke exhibits confidence and enthusiasm in dealing with such juicy material in the company of her two outstanding young actresses.
Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are both superb in muted performances and, while the film’s palace intrigue gets a bit dense, the story never loses sight of its deep compassion for these characters and their shared plight of being held hostage by conniving, belittling, power-hungry men determined to usurp their authority.