Elizabeth: the Golden Age

Elizabeth: the Golden Age

Shekhar Kapur (2007)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Almost ten years after her dazzling break-out role in Elizabeth, Cate Blanchett shows that she is still a force to be reckoned with as she reteams with director Shekhar Kapur. Queen Elizabeth I is now a little older and a lot wiser, as she faces potential conflict with Philip II of Spain (Jordi Mollà) and betrayal by her own cousin, Mary Stuart (Samantha Morton). It's only in her personal life that she's imprudent, flirting with Sir Walter Raleigh (a dashing Clive Owen), then growing jealous when he seduces one of her ladies-in-waiting. Kapur cleverly makes the dilemma of the 16th-century monarch relevant today, as Elizabeth is forced to sacrifice love for duty. And with a religious war brewing, the story resonates even more. Although the build-up to the launch of the Spanish Armada is haphazard, and Kapur plays fast and loose with history throughout, the final scenes are both exciting and wildly romantic. Ultimately, the success of the film is down to Blanchett, who leads the charge with guts and charisma.


Queen Elizabeth I faces threats at home and abroad, as Mary, Queen of Scots plots against her while the King of Spain builds a vast armada to undertake an invasion of England. Unable to reconcile her feelings for the dashing Sir Walter Raleigh with her duty to her country, the monarch engineers a romance between the courtier and one of her ladies-in-waiting. Historical drama sequel, with Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush and Samantha Morton.

Cast & Crew

Queen Elizabeth I Cate Blanchett
Sir Francis Walsingham Geoffrey Rush
Sir Walter Raleigh Clive Owen
Robert Reston Rhys Ifans
King Philip II of Spain Jordi Mollà
Bess Throckmorton Abbie Cornish
Mary Stuart Samantha Morton
Sir Amyas Paulet Tom Hollander
Thomas Babington Eddie Redmayne
Director Shekhar Kapur
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Nov 2007