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Gunpowder, Treason And Plot [DVD] [2004]

Robert Carlyle , Clémence Poésy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Carlyle, Clémence Poésy, Catherine McCormack, Paul Nicholls, Emilia Fox
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Contender
  • DVD Release Date: 19 April 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XLVH2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,202 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

BAFTA award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern portrays the lives of Mary Queen of Scots and her son, James I in this lavish BBC historical drama directed by Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky, Regeneration). Robert Carlyle stars as James I, who battles with the Catholic conspiracy against him and eventually foils a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The Gunpowder Plot was masterminded by the influential Catholic Robert Catesby (Richard Coyle) and planned by Guy Fawkes (Michael Fassbender), who wanted to rid the nation of an oppressive Protestant monarch. Clémence Poésy plays James I's mother, Mary Queen of Scots, who spends most of her short reign locked in a battle with both her Protestant subjects and the English Queen, Elizabeth I (Catherine McCormack), before conspiring with the Earl of Bothwell (Kevin McKidd) to assassinate her miscreant husband Lord Darnley (Paul Nicholls).

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gunpowder, treason and plot 21 Sep 2005
Despite the rampant insincerity to historical accuracy this is enjoyable, well acted and well written. Clemence Poesy as Mary Queen of Scots is particularly good, and it is her story, making up the first half of dvd, that is the best. She makes a very arresting leading lady. Robert Carlyle as James I is convincingly nauseous. He really is believeable as the creepy, unpleasant king. Kevin McKidd is the other notable standout as the Earl of Bothwell; rough lust at its most believeable.
If you can overlook the annoying historical inaccuracy and appreciate this as well acted, well written drama then much fun will be had from this dvd.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly excellent... 10 Jun 2005
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This production provides viewers with a chance to see historical figures such as Mary Queen of Scots and James I, whom are not featured in many, if any previous films.
The history has been tweaked here and there, as history mostly is when it's adapted on film, but the fundamental story and attitudes of the various characters and plots are easy to follow and make very intriguing viewing.
The cast for the most part are excellent, especially Robert Carlyle as King James I; the one slightly dodgy acting work coming from the actress playing Mary Queen Of Scots, and it's perhaps her performance that leaves the viewer feeling as though it *could* have been better. The sets and costumes are fantastic and up to the BBC's usual high standards.
The DVD is very basic, allowing you to view chapters or which episode you want to see, but not offering any extras.
Overall it's a very watchable and interesting mini-series and I'd recommend it to fans of BBC costume dramas or historical pieces as long as you aren't too picky about the facts!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but variable in quality 5 Aug 2007
This two part film for television gives an overview of the dramatic lives of two Monarch's Mary Queen of Scots and her son James VI of Scotland. The first part follows Mary's troubled life in trying to govern a very divided Scotland. Acting is impressive and mostly convincing. This fades a bit in the second part where the characterisation of the people involved in the gunpowder plot are hard to believe. I knew quite a bit more about the lives of the plotters before seeing this than I did about the characters surrounding Mary Queen of Scots so perhaps this is why I found the story much less enjoyable. Some of the historic facts are just so wrong as to overshadow the storyline, for example the outcome of Francis Tresham's life was quite different to that given in the film. There is also an inconsistency in the portrayal of just about all the main figures, who are correctly portrayed as willing to die for their faith but they then take their faith so lightly in relation to murder and marital fidelity. The scope of the film is massively ambitious and therefore it is difficult to give any depth to this remarkable period in time. But the series is worth watching and might encourage viewers to follow it up with a read of Antonia Fraser's excellent biographies of the same period.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half decent, half atrocious 8 Nov 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Gunpowder, Treason and Plot is definitely a mini-series of two halves. The first, presumably based on Jimmy McGovern's unfilmed screenplay Mary Stuart (at one time a big-screen vehicle for Meryl Streep and Glenn Close with Sean Connery producing), is a fairly balanced look at Mary Queen of Scots' troubled reign and the reasons for its failure that's often genuinely impressive, powerfully directed and certainly compelling. While it shows her rather more in command of events than history recalls - here she makes many of her own catastrophic mistakes rather than having them made for her by the shady characters who surrounded her - it does deal convincingly with the problems of a Catholic queen ruling a Protestant country where half her advisors are blinded by their hatred of the English while the other half are in their pay and few have her or Scotland's interests at heart. Unlike previous versions of the tale it acknowledges that a big part of her problem in winning over her subjects was the fact that, having spent most of her life abroad, Mary was more French than Scot and is appropriately played, and rather well, by a French actress, Cleménce Poésy. She's given strong support by an excellent Kevin McKidd's convincingly loyal and infatuated but brash and disastrously tactless Bothwell, Paul Nichols as her politically expedient but tragically feckless husband Darnley, who loses all interest and charm no sooner has she signed the marriage contract, and Gary Lewis as John Knox, the Ian Paisley of his day. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and absorbing 16 Aug 2013
This two part series is indeed compelling viewing, with seldom a moment where one is not entranced. Good portrayal of Mary Queen of Scots by Clémence Poésy, although in reality Mary was not blonde (that being a minor point all in all).
I think the movie captures the spirit and intrigue of events well. Poesy plays a Mary beguiling and perhaps more in control than she really was (Well done for the French accent which she no doubt would have had rather than the Scottish one with which she is usually portrayed) , while Kevin McKidd adds the required force to the role of James Bothwell
Gary Lewis is a little too genial for the part of this nasty firebrand cleric , John Knox. And of course the villain of part 1 is no doubt Steven Duffy in his role as Mary's bastard half-brother Lord James, the evil Machiavellian schemer behind most the troubles and the end of Mary's reign. In this film, it is James who arranges most the murders and blames others, all the while going back and forth from Edinburgh to London for clandestine meetings with Queen Elizabeth, who is desperate to get rid of Mary, who she fears as a rival climate to the English throne.

Part two reveals a really exciting and well layered look at the King James and the Gunpowder plot. James played by Robert Carylyle, as a hideous, malformed, evil, malicious, scheming and totally cynical monarch. although his visit to see his mother, Mary , Queen of Scots, was an unnecessary departure from facts. and an amazing performance by Sira Stamp as Anne of Denmark, how she rises from being so horribly abused by James to holding her own as a very strong queen. Stark and graphic portrayal of the persecution of Catholics in England,under Elizabeth and James, with hangings, tortures and massacres.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Alert
An excellent series which really should be available direct from Amazon, not just from marketplace sellers. Clemence Poesy is superb in this role.
Published 10 days ago by Almanac
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Carlyle at his best
Robert Carlyle lets you feel the pain and the cruelty of this monarch in spades. An emotional rollercoaster well worth watching.
Published 12 months ago by lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Gunpowder, Treason and Plot
It was a very interesting movie a little grusome but that is what they did in that time. I enjoyed it for what is was. A movie with Robert Carlyle in it.
Published 15 months ago by Marie Anne Bruce
3.0 out of 5 stars High hopes... dashed
Being a fan of historical epics I had high hopes of this two part mini series about Mary Queen of Scots and the English and Scottish succession. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2011 by marcoscu
5.0 out of 5 stars superb drama
i am suprised this BBC production is not better well known, or applauded. It is wonderfully acted and very enjoyable, Kevin McKidd is exceptional as Bothwell, infatuated with his... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2011 by mrs_t
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I ordered this DVD, from ____The_BEST __of___DVD____, as a Christmas present for my sister. When I placed the order I chose the one with Robert Carlyle on the cover but when I... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2011 by Miss B
5.0 out of 5 stars Carlyle at his best
This story of Mary Queen of Scots and her son James is one of the best that I have ever seen.
The first section is of Mary, and she is portrayed with a french accent and a... Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2010 by cullodenmist
4.0 out of 5 stars I quite liked this . . .
This was ok and reasonably historically acurate, alot of things like personal realationships, personally opinion etc are open 2 interpretaion anyway, and perhaps only the people... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2010 by Olive
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Larger than life characters.
Brilliant. In top ten of my film list.
The chemistry between Mary Queen of Scots and Kevin McKidd, doesn't really spark, but the latter surely makes it more convincing. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by Gardenfingers Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars robert carlyle......fantastic!!!!
what a fantasic piece of acting robert carlyle did when he made the final speech in parliment about guy faulkes, he looked so much like james the 1st it was amazing.... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2008 by magic
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