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"I foresee a glittering future for your daughter," the conspiratorial Duke of Northumberland insidiously whispers to the mother of Lady Jane Grey, the woman who would be England's queen, albeit for only nine days. The same could be said for Helena Bonham Carter, who, in her screen debut, carries this historical drama with aplomb. Jane, a principled and precocious 15-year-old (she reads Plato in Greek) was a pawn in a plot to maintain Protestant rule in the wake of young King Edward's death. A dashing Cary Elwes, anticipating his swashbuckling role in The Princess Bride, costars as Northumberland's feckless, wastrel son, Guilford, whose arranged marriage to Jane unexpectedly blossoms into love and rebellion. Anglophiles will bask in this impeccably mounted production (featuring Patrick Stewart as Jane's bullying father), but swooning teens, too, may embrace these young lovers as did the youths who made Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 Romeo & Juliet a box-office smash in its day. --Donald Liebenson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Helena Bonham CarterLady Jane Grey
Cary ElwesGuilford Dudley
John WoodJohn Dudley
Michael HordernDoctor Feckenham
Patrick StewartHenry Grey
Joss AcklandSir John Bridges
Richard JohnsonThe Earl of Arundel
Guy HenryRobert Dudley
William Morgan SheppardExecutioner

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Trevor Nunn
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 142 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 29, 1986
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    EuropePG
    AustraliaG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 12, 2003
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