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Elizabeth The Golden Age

In this epic movie, Cate Blanchett plays Queen Elizabeth I during the golden age of her reign when the young ruler is challenged by threats of war from King Philip II of Spain (Jordi Molla), questionable council from her advisor Sir Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush), an assassination attempt by her cousin Mary Stuart (Samantha Morton), and the yearnings of her heart for Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: C
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 114
Theater Release: 11 Oct 2007
Video Release: 05 Feb 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Hangings and beheadings are depicted as public affairs attended by aristocrats and common folk alike. What do you think intrigued onlookers with these gory events? How does our modern society compare? Are violent portrayals in movies, television programs and video games similar public displays of bloodshed?

According to the Queen’s astrological advisor, times of trial bring out the true natures of people. Do you agree with his observation? In what ways do difficulties expose a person’s real character? How have you seen this in your own life or the lives of others?

What is the difference between justice and mercy? Why is the Queen forced to choose one over another? What are the repercussions of her decision? Is it even possible for a person to invoke both justice and mercy at the same time?

How does the Queen’s appearance on the battlefront affect her citizens? What strengths does she possess as a monarch?

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