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The Virgin Queen (Bilingual) [Import]

Bette Davis , Richard Todd , Henry Koster    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1.0 out of 5 stars BLAH! Jan. 3 2003
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This movie was a terrible dissapointment to me. After reading the reviews of this movie on numerous websites including this one, it truely sounded like a movie worth matching. I can't believe how horrible this movie is! Bette Davis has done the worst portrayal of Elizabeth the first that i have ever seen! The script is quite witty, but Bette Davis either over acts or under acts. She can't even uphold the accent for more than one line!I can't even tell you how may times a burst out laughing while watching this movie due to acting that is soo bad that some of the school plays that I have seen in the past has acting that blows this movie away.I would give this no stars if I could.Defintly do not see this movie if you are expecting a wonderful depiction of Queen Elizabeth the first, because you defintly aren't going to get it. If you want to see some good portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I, see the Elizabeth R series staring Glenda Jackson, or the more recent Elizabeth staring Cate Blanchett.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible...Just Horrible... April 2 2003
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I would have to place this movie in the top 3 worst movies I have every seen in my entire exsistence. Badddd acting to the point of laughablilty. I was expecting so much more from this film. Bette Davis made a horribly sad performance of Elizabeth I. I really felt embarassed for her since her acting was just that bad. I have seen way better historical films than this. I reccomend Lady Jane Grey, Anne of the Thousand Days (some extremely amazing acting in this film), The Elizabeth R series, Elizabeth (starring Cate Blanchett), Mary Queen of Scots, The Six wives of Henry VIII series, and The Private Life of Henry VIII. If you want to see some really great historical movies (with good acting of course), I would highly reccomend the films I listed above. But defintly skip The Virgin Queen...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bette 's the only good actress in this movie! May 3 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie after i saw "the private lifes of elizabeth and essex"- which suprisingly isn't proposed at amazon- and which is an excellent movie. This one isn't that good, you got Joan collins instead of Olivia de Havilland and this makes the hell of a difference. If you got the choice, see "elizabeth and essex" first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie!!!!! Jan. 12 2003
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If you like Bette Davis,you'll love this movie! Now,it's not as good as Elizabeth and Essex,But it's a great davis movie for any fan of Davis or Elizabeth!I would strongly reccomend it!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a regal Bette Davis in lavish costume drama Jan. 14 2008
By Byron Kolln - Published on Amazon.com
In 1939, Bette Davis provided one of her greatest performances as Queen Elizabeth the 1st in the Technicolor MGM drama "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex". She sacrificed for the role, to the extent of shaving her eyebrows plus two inches from her hairline to resemble the aged monarch. So when Twentieth Century Fox went forward with THE VIRGIN QUEEN sixteen years later, it made sense for Bette Davis to once again ascend the throne. Though it does pale dramatically when compared to the earlier film, Bette Davis' regal performance keeps it on a smooth path.

Queen Elizabeth (Bette Davis) falls in love with the younger Sir Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd), despite the scheming of a catty rival (Joan Collins). Though historically, THE VIRGIN QUEEN often plays fast and loose with the truth; Joan Collins (a Fox contract player of the period) creates some fireworks as the "Other Woman"--and her scenes with Davis are fun. Richard Todd and Bette Davis also have an enjoyable rapport, despite Henry Koster's often pedestrian direction.

If you enjoyed "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex", you will most certainly appreciate THE VIRGIN QUEEN. How often does an actor get the chance to revisit a role and get to use their newfound maturity and insight to create a deeper characterisation the second time around?

Highly-recommended for Bette Davis fans.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Davis plays Queen Elizabeth I for a second time Feb. 1 2008
By calvinnme - Published on Amazon.com
This is Davis' second film in which she plays Queen Elizabeth I of England. Personally, I thought 1939's "Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" was better, but it is hard to compare the two since this film takes place 15 years earlier in history than "Private Lives" and has Davis essentially playing Elizabeth at the age - 47 - that Davis actually is. The earlier film had Davis at 31 playing Queen Elizabeth in her sixties. Here Richard Todd plays Sir Walter Raleigh, who, like Essex in the earlier film, is a younger man who trades on Elizabeth's love for him to gain some personal glory. Richard Todd plays Raleigh effectively, but there is just no topping the charisma of Flynn's performance in the earlier movie.

The special features include a "Making Of" featurette, some trailers, and a photo gallery. This film is being released separately and as part of Fox' Bette Davis Centenary Collection.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Davis in The Virgin Queen Jan. 10 2006
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
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Bette Davis reigns supreme in this highly colourful film on the lives of Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh.

The full pageant of royal life, including the famous laying of Sir Walter's cloak in a puddle to allow the queen to step on it, is brought wonderfully to life.

Joan Collins adds a lot of colour as the royal lady-in-waiting who incurs the queen's wrath by marrying Sir Walter.

A classic period drama with scrumptuous costumes and an all-star cast.

If you liked the 1939 classic The Private Lives of Elizabeth And Essex, you will deffinately love The Virgin Queen. Once again Bette Davis portrays Queen Elizabeth The I magnificently.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The film typifies Davis' compelling moves as her proud and cunning performance... Jan. 11 2009
By Roberto Frangie - Published on Amazon.com
On his return to England in 1581, after fighting honorably and victoriously in the Irish War, Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd) makes his way to Lord Leicester (Herbert Marshall), a confidant of Queen Elizabeth (Bette Davis).

Lord Leicester is so impressed with his good looking and self-confidence, that he arranges for him an introduction at Court...

Raleigh, hoping to gain the queen's attention so he can interest her in sponsoring his ambition to sail to the New World and return with great loots, orders a costly blue cape he cannot afford...By laying it over a mud puddle in her path as she crosses the palace courtyard, Raleigh got what he deeply desires...

Formerly presented to her and openly inspired with a foolish and excessive passion, Queen Elizabeth appoints him as Captain of the Guard against the advice of Chadwick (Jay Robinson), a counselor whose dislike of Raleigh is unrestricted...

Once in the Palace, and close to the queen, Raleigh falls in love with one of her beautiful attendants, Beth Throgmorton (Joan Collins), who feels she is competing with the queen for Raleigh's kindness...

In a position to have entire faith in the queen, Raleigh tells her of his hope of being sent to the New World to seek fortunes... Indulgent at first, Elizabeth finally considers his offer and promises him one ship for his expedition... On the eve of his departure, Elizabeth knights Raleigh in her bed-chamber ignoring that, while awaiting her decision, he has married Beth in a secret ceremony...

It all makes for a pretty interesting historical motion picture not to be missed...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining historical film Jan. 4 2005
By Joan Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
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Historically, I don't know how accurate The Virgin Queen is, but it certainly seems so. Bette Davis was a great Elizabeth. In Bette's talented hands, Elizabeth comes alive as a strong, very wise queen, who was however vulnerable and prone to fits of rage and jealousy. Perhaps the jealousy caused her to do careless things, such as send Sir Walter Raleigh to the tower for execution when she learned of his illegal marriage to one of her ladies in waiting (an excellent Joan Collins in an early performance), but she was always fair and compassionate in the end.

The story concerns an Irish man, Walter Raleigh, who becomes a good friend of the queen and is eventually Knighted. He longs to sail for the new word and bring back valuable riches. It takes Raleigh a long time to convince Elizabeth, but eventually she gives him one ship. However, a problem is presented when Raleigh falls in love with Beth (Joan Collins), because the queen has grown rather fond of him and forbids the marriage. Raleigh marries Beth, and they plan to sail together, but when the news reaches the queen she sends him to the tower of London. Not only does the act of jealousy hurt Raleigh, but also Beth and her unborn child. Elizabeth comes to realize this and, in an act of great compassion and fairness, she releases Raleigh and his bride to sail for the new world together. In a tender moment, she remembers herself once being a child who was brought to cry because of the executioner's blade.

The Virgin Queen is not only notable for its lavish Cinemascope production, which proved "Bette's black years" (the 1950s) weren't really so black, but also for its fine performances and script. Queen Elizabeth emerges as a truly great lady, with a human need for love and a very forgiving heart. If the queen was as admirable as the character presented here, one truly understands the meaning of "long live the queen."

All in all, a very good film!
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