Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots

Charles Jarrott (1971)

12 Certificate


Our Score
This is a film that tends to separate the girls from the boys, in that the former usually adore it and the latter nod off after 20 minutes. The great Tudor power play is laid out like a richly embroidered carpet with, in the blue corner, Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I and, in the red corner, Vanessa Redgrave as her deeply principled cousin Mary Stuart. In short, two of Britain's finest actresses shine in tailor-made roles. There are a few liberties taken with historical fact, but who cares? This is a splendid costume drama with the stars ably assisted by the likes of Ian Holm, Nigel Davenport and Trevor Howard. Wonderful stuff.


Historical biopic about the life and loves of the ill-fated 16th-century monarch, whose opposition to her cousin Elizabeth I led to her downfall and execution. Starring Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Timothy Dalton, Patrick McGoohan, Nigel Davenport and Ian Holm.

Cast & Crew

Mary, Queen of Scots Vanessa Redgrave
Elizabeth I Glenda Jackson
Lord Henry Darnley Timothy Dalton
James Stuart Patrick McGoohan
James Hepburn Nigel Davenport
David Riccio Ian Holm
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester Daniel Massey
Ruthven Andrew Keir
Director Charles Jarrott
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Universal PicturesAvailable on: DVD