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The Virgin Queen
The Virgin Queen
Actors: Bette Davis, Richard Todd, Joan Collins, Jay Robinson, Herbert Marshall
Director: Henry Koster
Genres: Drama
NR     2008     1hr 32min

Bette Davis and Joan Collins vie for the love of Sir Walter Raleigh. Rich in historical detail. Davis is dynamic.


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Actors: Bette Davis, Richard Todd, Joan Collins, Jay Robinson, Herbert Marshall
Director: Henry Koster
Creators: Harry Brown, Mindret Lord
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/08/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Geena R. (geenastarr) from EVERETT, MA
Reviewed on 3/9/2012...
Miss Davis was also in retirement living in Maine and hadn't done a movie for 2-3 years i think-- not sure but it was over 2 years! I see many know the fact that she had her forhead shaved back etc.... This was one of those, "comebacks", which, for myself at least, i thank the gods for!

BTW, the year 1939, for movies is quite a famous year! To this day it is a year that the most cherished, big budgeted, wonderful and simply great movies were made! Look it up for yourselves and get a gander hehe!

Movie Reviews

A regal Bette Davis in lavish costume drama
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 01/15/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In 1939, Bette Davis provided one of her greatest performances as Queen Elizabeth the 1st in the Technicolor MGM drama "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex". She sacrificed for the role, to the extent of shaving her eyebrows plus two inches from her hairline to resemble the aged monarch. So when Twentieth Century Fox went forward with THE VIRGIN QUEEN sixteen years later, it made sense for Bette Davis to once again ascend the throne. Though it does pale dramatically when compared to the earlier film, Bette Davis' regal performance keeps it on a smooth path.

Queen Elizabeth (Bette Davis) falls in love with the younger Sir Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd), despite the scheming of a catty rival (Joan Collins). Though historically, THE VIRGIN QUEEN often plays fast and loose with the truth; Joan Collins (a Fox contract player of the period) creates some fireworks as the "Other Woman"--and her scenes with Davis are fun. Richard Todd and Bette Davis also have an enjoyable rapport, despite Henry Koster's often pedestrian direction.

If you enjoyed "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex", you will most certainly appreciate THE VIRGIN QUEEN. How often does an actor get the chance to revisit a role and get to use their newfound maturity and insight to create a deeper characterisation the second time around?

Highly-recommended for Bette Davis fans."
Davis plays Queen Elizabeth I for a second time
calvinnme | 02/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is Davis' second film in which she plays Queen Elizabeth I of England. Personally, I thought 1939's "Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" was better, but it is hard to compare the two since this film takes place 15 years earlier in history than "Private Lives" and has Davis essentially playing Elizabeth at the age - 47 - that Davis actually is. The earlier film had Davis at 31 playing Queen Elizabeth in her sixties. Here Richard Todd plays Sir Walter Raleigh, who, like Essex in the earlier film, is a younger man who trades on Elizabeth's love for him to gain some personal glory. Richard Todd plays Raleigh effectively, but there is just no topping the charisma of Flynn's performance in the earlier movie.

The special features include a "Making Of" featurette, some trailers, and a photo gallery. This film is being released separately and as part of Fox' Bette Davis Centenary Collection."
Bette Davis in The Virgin Queen
Chris | Leeds, Utah United States | 01/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Bette Davis reigns supreme in this highly colourful film on the lives of Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh.

The full pageant of royal life, including the famous laying of Sir Walter's cloak in a puddle to allow the queen to step on it, is brought wonderfully to life.

Joan Collins adds a lot of colour as the royal lady-in-waiting who incurs the queen's wrath by marrying Sir Walter.

A classic period drama with scrumptuous costumes and an all-star cast.

If you liked the 1939 classic The Private Lives of Elizabeth And Essex, you will deffinately love The Virgin Queen. Once again Bette Davis portrays Queen Elizabeth The I magnificently."