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Lady Jane (1986)

The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son King Edward VI is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a... See full summary »

Director:

Trevor Nunn

Writers:

Chris Bryant (story), David Edgar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Bonham Carter ... Lady Jane Grey
Cary Elwes ... Guilford Dudley
John Wood ... John Dudley, Duke of Nothumberland
Michael Hordern ... Dr. Feckenham
Jill Bennett ... Mrs. Ellen
Jane Lapotaire ... Princess Mary
Sara Kestelman Sara Kestelman ... Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk
Patrick Stewart ... Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk
Warren Saire Warren Saire ... King Edward VI
Joss Ackland ... Sir John Bridges
Ian Hogg ... Sir John Gates
Lee Montague ... Renard, the Spanish Ambassador
Richard Vernon ... The Marquess of Winchester
David Waller David Waller ... Archbishop Cranmer
Richard Johnson ... The Earl of Arundel
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Storyline

The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son King Edward VI is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a scheming minister John Dudley marries off his son, Guilford, to Lady Jane Grey, whom he places on the throne after Edward dies. At first hostile to each other, Guilford and Jane fall in love. But they cannot withstand the course of power which will lead to their ultimate downfall. Written by Samantha Santa Maria <TE7441667@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Forced to marry. Forced to rule. Their story became a legend. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Jane See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,964, 9 February 1986

Gross USA:

$277,646

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$277,646
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was cast with several members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. These included John Wood, Sir Michael Hordern, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sara Kestelman, Writer David Edgar, and Director Trevor Nunn, who was also the Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. See more »

Goofs

Although the movie clearly has rewritten history to make a romance, in reality Jane and Guilford never lived in their own home, nor did they ever live as man and wife in the short time they were together; within a month of the marriage Jane was crowned Queen (and refused to crown Guilford King), and 9 days later they were both in prison, lodged in separate towers, and never had contact again. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Feckenham: The soul takes flight to the world that is invisible. At there arriving, she is assured of bliss, and forever dwells in paradise.
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Connections

Referenced in As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride' (2001) See more »

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Historical and yet not for History Buffs
5 May 2002 | by Tim EwingSee all my reviews

"The next time I see your face, I want it for eternity." If you know much at all about Lady Jane Grey and her unfortunate marriage to Guildford Dudley, you must know this cannot at all be what she said to him as they were parted for the last time. Yet the story branches away from the historical aspects of Jane's life and builds up a romance completely created in the minds of the writers, who have done an excellent job. In the beginning, the scene at Bradgate in Leicester, with the dance for the King, is extremely well shot. The plot thickens between the cunning Earl of Northumberland and the cold, greedy Duchess of Suffolk, while Jane argues theology with the Catholic doctor. Comparing this with history, I believe this was also very well written; from what I've read on Jane Grey (I have done extensive Tudor period research) I know she was very Protestant and, unlike the later Queen Elizabeth, very willing to argue on the topic of religion. Perhaps my favorite scene in the entire movie is the one where Jane goes to visit the Princess Mary. In this scene the Renaissance class system is extremely well depicted. The outwardly friendly but rather sneaky nature the Princess' maid (I believe that is Lady Anne Wharton) conducts herself shows the "subservience of the lesser nobility"; the proud way Jane speaks to the maid shows what the upper nobility could do; and then the regal, majestic, icy cold way the Princess Mary enters the room and "embraces" her second-cousin is the perfect example of a Princess of two royal bloodlines. Later, the love that blooms between Guildford and Jane will, without a doubt, sweep you off your feet. If you've ever been in love, I guarantee you'll relive some fond memories there. Overall, an excellent movie and highly recommended.


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