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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).
Why Is Elizabeth The Golden Age Rated PG-13?
Elizabeth The Golden Age is rated PG-13 for violence, some sexuality and nudity.
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Although likely accurate for the time, the torture methods used in the film are often gory and bloody. Severely beaten bodies are chained in torture chambers while other traitors are publicly hanged or beheaded. Unauthorized murders by gunfire or impaling also take place outside the palace. On the sea, cannon fire rips apart ships and human bodies (leaving one man legless) during intense battle scenes. On shore, an ill-advised affair (shown in blurred silhouettes) enrages the Queen who’s own aging body causes her some despair when she gazes upon it. (Female back and buttock nudity is seen). Brief, experimental tobacco use and some social drinking are depicted. Infrequent terms of Deity and a repeated term for an illegitimate child (properly used) are contained in the script. Religious followers are also often negatively portrayed.
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Elizabeth: The Golden Agereleases on Bu-ray on April 27, 2010.
DVD Release Date: 5 February 2008
Thanks to the four featurettes included in this DVD release, history and film buffs can give closer inspection to Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Actors Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen and Geoffrey Rush join director Shekhar Kapur in The Reign Continues, to discuss how this sequel came to the big screen. Commanding the Winds: Creating the Armada provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the film’s massive ships and dramatic battles were constructed. Inside Elizabeth’s World lets fans discover the secrets behind the film’s elaborate production design. And Towers, Courts and Cathedrals explores the historic and sacred locations use as sets in the film.