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Gloriana (1984)

TV Movie | 135 min | Music

The Earl of Essex, Robert Devereux, is hot-blooded and jealous of anyone who might win the Queen's favour. He provokes a fight with the tournament victor, Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy, but then the Queen and her entourage arrive. She ...See moreThe Earl of Essex, Robert Devereux, is hot-blooded and jealous of anyone who might win the Queen's favour. He provokes a fight with the tournament victor, Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy, but then the Queen and her entourage arrive. She orders the two men to make up, but later she discusses the rivalry of Mountjoy and Essex with her chief adviser, Sir Robert Cecil. She admires Essex, but Cecil warns her of the political dangers of showing affection for him. He also reports that a new Armada may be on the way. Essex comes in and requests permission to go to Ireland to suppress the Tyrone rebellion. He accuses Cecil and Sir Walter Raleigh of intriguing against him. The Queen resists and sends him away. Essex complains to his wife Frances about the way Elizabeth thwarts his desire to go to Ireland. Lady Essex gives a ball at which she dresses extravagantly and looks finer than her queen, but when the ladies return from changing their dresses after a dance, Lady Essex says that her dress was stolen, and it is clear that the larger woman, Queen Elizabeth, is wearing it. Essex is furious about his wife's humiliation, but the Queen says he will be appointed Lord Deputy in Ireland. In the final act, however, Essex has failed to put down the Irish rebellion. Though Elizabeth likes him, she cannot approve his failure or his paranoia and political battles at court. The Queen orders him imprisoned, and some citizens sympathize with Essex though others declare him a traitor and call for his death. Queen Elizabeth must now ponder her relationship with Essex in order to come to the best decision. Written by Anonymous See less
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William Plomer (libretto) | Lytton Strachey (after: "Elizabeth and Essex")
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Sarah Walker
Queen Elizabeth I Queen Elizabeth I   See fewer
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Anthony Rolfe-Johnson
Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex   See fewer
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Jean Rigby
Frances, Countess of Essex Frances, Countess of Essex   See fewer
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Neil Howlett
Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy   See fewer
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Elizabeth Vaughan
Penelope, Lady Rich Penelope, Lady Rich   See fewer
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Alan Opie
Sir Robert Cecil Sir Robert Cecil   See fewer
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Richard Van Allan
Sir Walter Raleigh Sir Walter Raleigh   See fewer
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Elmer Cole
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8.3 / 10 | 14 votes