Replete with smashing finery and looks as sharp as daggers, this political thriller cum romance deals with the early reign of Elizabeth I (1533-1603). The year is 1554: Following Henry VIII's split from the Roman Catholic Church, his Catholic daughter,
Mary Tudor (Kathy Burke), assumes the throne and begins persecuting Protestants, earning the nickname "Bloody Mary." Our first glimpse of Mary's half sister, Elizabeth (the radiant Cate Blanchett), reveals an unabashedly sensual and appealing young woman in the throes of first love with dashing
Robert Dudley (Joseph Fiennes), Earl of Leicester. The scrofulous Mary quickly packs her off to the Tower of London, where M...