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Mary, Queen of Scots (1972)




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Vanessa Redgrave stars as Mary Stuart of Scotland, with Glenda Jackson co-starring as Queen Elizabeth I. As with the earlier Maxwell Anderson play +Mary of Scotland, the film sympathizes with Mary, and there are two fictionalized face-to-face confrontations between the two queens (who never met in real life). With this film, old-line Hollywood producer Hal Wallis continued his trademark of showcasing dynamic stars within a period milieu; the film is literally swamped with lavish Tudor decor.


Vanessa Redgrave
as Mary, Queen of Scots
Glenda Jackson
as Elizabeth I
Timothy Dalton
as Lord Henry Darnley
Patrick McGoohan
as James Stuart
Nigel Davenport
as Lord Bothwell
Trevor Howard
as William Cecil
Daniel Massey
as Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
Ian Holm
as David Riccio
Andrew Keir
as Ruthven
Tom Fleming
as Father Ballard
Katherine Kath
as Catherine de Medici
Rick Warner
as Walsingham
Beth Harris
as Mary Seton
Frances White
as Mary Fleming
Vernon Dobtcheff
as Duc de Guise
Raf De La Torre
as Cardinal de Guise
Richard Warner
as Walsingham
Maria Aitken
as Lady Bothwell
Robert James
as John Knox
Richard Denning
as Francis, King of France
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Critic Reviews for Mary, Queen of Scots

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Historical dramas can be fun if you approach them in the right spirit.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A royal flush of a different sort can be found in this gripping period piece in which two queens try to sweep each other out of power.

June 21, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Queen Of Scots would be an unmitigated disaster without Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson. The script by John Hale is not factual, yet not persuasively fictional.

January 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mary, Queen of Scots

A very interesting fictional interplay between Mary Stuart and Queen Elizabeth I carried by two fabulous actors in Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Very well done. The intermission was also nice! :]

Nikki Meroney
Nikki Meroney

Super Reviewer

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