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Elizabeth: The Golden Age - Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, Shekhar Kapur

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Woman. Warrior. Queen.

Set 15 years after the events depicted in Elizabeth, The Golden Age tells the thrilling tale of an era - the story of one woman's crusade to control love, crush enemies and secure her position as a beloved icon of the western world.

As Elizabeth's (Cate Blanchett) cousin Mary Stuart (Samantha Morton) conspires with Philip of Spain (Jordi Mollà) to topple the throne, Sir Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush) - Elizabeth's trusty advisor, works tirelessly to protect her from the many plots and conspiracies against her. Preparing to go to war to defend her empire, Elizabeth struggles to balance royal duties with an unexpected vulnerability in her attraction to the dashing Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen), a notorious privateer who has offered his services to the Queen.

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age theatrical one sheet image

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film England exploration Queen Elizabeth I golden age monarchy sequel Sir Walter Raleigh UK biography war Armada

Persons of interest

  • Jordi Mollà .... King Philip ll of Spain
  • Aimee King .... Infanta
  • Cate Blanchett .... Queen Elizabeth I
  • John Shrapnel .... Lord Howard
  • Geoffrey Rush .... Sir Francis Walsingham
  • Susan Lynch .... Annette
  • Samantha Morton .... Mary Stuart
  • Abbie Cornish .... Elizabeth Throckmorton
  • Penelope McGhie .... Margaret
  • Rhys Ifans .... Robert Reston
  • Eddie Redmayne .... Thomas Babington
  • Stuart McLoughlin .... Savage
  • Clive Owen .... Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Adrian Scarborough .... Calley
  • William Houston .... Don Guerau De Spes
  • Steven Loton .... Manteo
  • Martin Baron .... Wanchese
  • Steven Robertson .... Francis Throckmorton
  • Jeremy Barker .... Ramsey
  • George Innes .... Burton
  • Adam Godley .... William Walsingham
  • Kirstin Smith .... Mary Walsingham
  • Kelly Hunter .... Ursula Walsingham
  • Christian Brassington .... Archduke Charles
  • Robert Cambrinus .... Count Georg von Helfenstein
  • Tom Hollander .... Sir Amyas Paulet
  • Tim Preece .... Old Throckmorton
  • David Threlfall .... Dr John Dee
  • David Robb .... Admiral Sir William Winter
  • Laurence Fox .... Sir Christopher Hatton
  • Michael Hirst .... Screenwriter
  • William Nicholson .... Screenwriter
  • Shekhar Kapur .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Well, Elizabeth: The Golden Age is certainly epic in its scope but I wonder why anyone thought that it had to be made. The first one ended on a hugely dramatic moment which covered most of this movie. This movie tells us nothing that we didn't already know. I guess that it must have been the thought of all that money in people's pockets that desperately need to be acquired. God bless capitalism.

Your hard-earned dollars, once forked over, buy you frocks for days; Betty doesn't turn around without a wardrobe change. And there are more castles than you can shake a stick at. And a big battle with sailing ships and cannons and explosions and English weather. Our Cate™ is dramatic: powerful yet vulnerable, driven to succeed but in desperate need of reassurance. She's good.

Unfortunately, at nearly two hours, Elizabeth: The Golden Age is too drawn out. Some of that comes from frock-shock (like shell-shock but with bustières rather than bombs) but it's more then never-ending struggle of the story. Michael Hirst and William Nicholson need to get to the point a lot quicker.

Security censorship classification

M (Moderate violence)

Surveillance time

114 minutes (1:54 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 15 November 2007

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