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Elizabeth: The Golden Age | 2007 | PG-13 | - 5.7.3

Cate Blanchett reprises her role as Elizabeth I: It is 1585, just before the attack against England by the Spanish Armada, led by King Philip II, who's determined to restore England to Catholicism after the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots. Treason and plotting are the coins of the realm, while the decisive Queen must manage to save both her throne and her new empire. Also with Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen, Abbie Cornish and Jordi Molla. Directed by Shekhar Kapur. [1:54]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man kisses a woman's neck, she opens her dress (deep cleavage is visible), and the man and the woman have sex: we see hazy, flesh-toned silhouettes kissing and caressing, and the scene ends.
 A woman drops her dressing gown and she stands fully nude (we see her from behind and her bare buttocks, back and legs are visible). Several women wear costumes that could either be skin-tight or paint (no nipples are visible, but the women's forms are accentuated). Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman bathes (we see her bare arms). We see a nude young man in a cell with streaks of blood on his body (his bare legs, a side of his buttock, shoulders and part of his chest are visible).
 A man and a woman kiss. A man and a woman kiss and she places her head on his knee.
 A man and a woman dance together while another woman watches; the man lifts the woman in the air and appears to be placing one hand between her legs while he's lifting her.
 A woman talks to another woman about men and their "wants and needs." A woman tells a man that she is pregnant with his child. A man talks to a woman about considering marriage and bearing an heir and that people are spreading rumors that the woman is barren. A man tells a woman that, "virginity is an asset that holds its value well." There are many references to a queen being a "virgin queen" and having no heir.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man is taken away from his home by other men, he struggles, and we then see him in a cage-like iron maiden, with blood on his face and chest and with one eye swollen shut; the maiden is opened and spikes pull out of holes in his face, and he is shown his father who has been brutally beaten (we see him limp and bloody).
 A man is dragged by the arms by several other men who yell and call him a traitor: one man strikes him in the face, the others hold him, one man presses a knife into his mouth and cuts out his tongue (we see the knife go into his mouth, we hear a crunch and we see his mouth filled with blood); yet another man shoots the victim.
 A woman places her head on a block and prepares to be beheaded: a man raises a blade into the air and strikes down hard (we hear a loud crunch when he strikes).
 A man is hung after having been tortured: we see his very bloody face and body and very swollen eye, a noose is wrapped around his neck, we hear a hatch open, the man's feet fall through and they twitch briefly. We see a nude young man in a cell with streaks of blood on his body.
 Many ships are blown up: we see men being thrown through the air, debris sprays, and men stumble along decks begging for help; one man appears to have been blinded (his face looks burned and bloody), another man appears to be trapped under fallen ship parts, and another has lost his leg below the knee (we see a bloody stump). Several ships in flames speed toward other ships, we see one crash through the side of another and the men on board panic and struggle to get out of the way. A horse jumps overboard when the ship it is on is struck by another ship that's in flames.
 A young man with a gun calls to a woman who walks toward him, we hear a gunshot and see the woman stumble (she was not shot). A man confronts another man who has a knife in his hand, he takes the knife away and we see the offender in shackles later.
 We see a painting of a person who has been stabbed in the abdomen (there is blood on the wound).
 A man lies dying in bed and his wife and daughter grieve over him (he is dying of natural causes).
 A woman confronts a man for plotting to assassinate her and install a new queen, and the man threatens her. There are several scenes that show an assassination plot being planned.
 A woman slaps another woman, shakes her and yells at her. A woman slaps a man in the face and yells at him.
 A woman talks about people rising up and slitting a woman's throat. A woman is told that she will be tried for treason and she collapses. A man says that, "England must be crushed." A woman talks of her father murdering her mother. A man says that the English are "of the devil." There are references to a holy war waged by Spain against England. An astrologer tells a woman of the rise of one Empire and the fall of another. A woman talks about punishing people only for their deeds not their beliefs.
 A man pleads with a woman for help. A woman is in anguish after ordering that another woman be beheaded for treason. A woman confesses to feeling guilty for not helping a relative who was killed.
 A man throws his cloak on the ground in front of a woman, and people around them are alarmed by the gesture (he's covering a puddle).
 We see forests cleared because of extensive ship building in Spain.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 12 sexual references, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (fool).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman drinks wine. Two women smoke pipes of tobacco, and they sputter and cough. A man presents a woman with tobacco leaves and says that "breathing its smoke is stimulating."


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Religion, faith, Spanish Inquisition, the Spanish Armada, Catholicism, Protestantism, fear, courage, wisdom, adventure, hope, guilt, regret, new worlds, jealousy, greed, betrayal, reward, astrology, science vs. art, superstition, doubt, loneliness, love, liberty of conscience and thought, martyrdom, mortality, weakness, forgiveness, pain, death, death of a parent, law, judgment, murder, honor, peace, prosperity, bankruptcy, loyalty, intrigue, achieving the impossible, miracles, defiance, trust.

MESSAGE - Waging war is a very risky proposition that may result in unprecedented catastrophe, even when a nation seems militarily invincible.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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