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The Virgin Queen

Released Jul 22, 1955 1h 32m History Drama List
Reviews 65% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd) wants to lead a seafaring expedition to the New World. But, in order to finance the trip, Raleigh needs to win over the formidable Queen Elizabeth I (Bette Davis). The adventurer turns on the charm, seducing Elizabeth so that she'll support his mission. The deceptive games are further complicated when Raleigh falls for lady-in-waiting Beth (Joan Collins). The two must hide their love or face the wrath of the virgin queen. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Dan Callahan Slant Magazine Henry Koster's direction is competent, for him, but Franz Waxman's music is no substitute for Erick Wolfgang Korngold's classic score for Elizabeth and Essex. Rated: 2/4 Mar 31, 2008 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A star performance by the 47-year-old Bette Davis, dressed in a red wig, gets the acting honors, as she impressively revisits a role she did 16 years before. Rated: B- Nov 13, 2022 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Bette Davis (under a red fright-wig) portrays Elizabeth the First, with Richard Todd as the dashing Sir Walter Raleigh, in a corny but enjoyable story of Tudor England. Dec 5, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Liam D Just a standard cheesy old Hollywood costume drama with some good performances and decent production values but it’s kinda dull Rated 2 out of 5 stars 05/05/24 Full Review Steve D Only Todd is given much to do. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 07/02/23 Full Review Audience Member a very good movie Bette Davis 2nd time as Queen Elizabeth 1 Richard Todd and Joan Collins excellent to i enjoyed this movie. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member a strong female lead role played aptly Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member I think it's probably a great movie, it's Bette Davis after all. I just can't see anyone as Elizabeth since Judi Dench... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Bette Davis chews up the scenery in this glamorous swashbuckler that deals with the relationship between Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh. It's interesting to see an early performance from Joan Collins, but for a far superior film see Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth the Golden Age. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd) wants to lead a seafaring expedition to the New World. But, in order to finance the trip, Raleigh needs to win over the formidable Queen Elizabeth I (Bette Davis). The adventurer turns on the charm, seducing Elizabeth so that she'll support his mission. The deceptive games are further complicated when Raleigh falls for lady-in-waiting Beth (Joan Collins). The two must hide their love or face the wrath of the virgin queen.
Director
Henry Koster
Producer
Charles Brackett
Screenwriter
Harry Brown, Mindret Lord
Distributor
20th Century Fox
Production Co
Twentieth Century Fox
Genre
History, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 22, 1955, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 1, 2011
Runtime
1h 32m
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