Political intrigue strong women weak men and countless conspiracies fuel this beautifully staged historical drama about the life of Mary Stuart Queen of Scots (Vanessa Redgrave). In the wake of the Protestant Reformation Mary Stuart becomes enmeshed in a labyrinthine power struggle to determine the fate of the British throne. Heads roll and dynasties crumble when Mary her unctuous husband Lord Darnley (Timothy Dalton) her jealous half-brother James Stuart (McGoohan) Scotland's rebellious nobility the Church of England the Pope and England's Virgin Queen Elizabeth I... (Glenda Jackson) all vie for control of the crown. [show more]
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Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson star in this historical drama portraying the life of Mary Stuart. Mary (Redgrave), named Queen of Scotland when she is only days old, is married off to the sickly Francis of France (Richard Denning) at the age of 17. Following his death she returns to a Scotland dominated by Protestantism and regented by her brother James (Patrick McGoohan), before making two more unfortunate marriages, first to the foppish Lord Darnley (Timothy Dalton) and then to Lord Bothwell (Nigel Davenport). Following an uprising against her she escapes to England to seek the protection of her cousin, the 'Virgin Queen' Elizabeth I (Jackson) - who promptly orders her imprisonment, perceiving her a threat to her throne. After a long period of custody in England, Mary is tried and executed for treason.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. With 5 Academy Award nominations and starring Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson and Ian Holm, Mary Queen of Scots is undoubtedly one of the classic historical epics. Bonus features include isolated John Barry music track with commentary by film historians Nick Redman and Jon Burlingame, Overture and Intermission music, Promotional featurette. Age Rating: 12