Lady Jane 1985

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Lady Jane Grey, the 16-year-old girl who for nine days in the 16th century was Queen of England, is here portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter. Lady Jane Grey's sickly cousin, who becomes Edward VI upon the death of Henry VIII, is on the threshold of death himself.

Starring:
Michael Hordern,Jane Lapotaire
Runtime:
2 hours, 21 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Historical
Director Trevor Nunn
Starring Michael Hordern, Jane Lapotaire
Supporting actors John Wood, Richard Vernon, Helena Bonham-Carter, Joss Ackland, Jill Bennett, Cary Elwes, Sara Kestelman, Patrick Stewart
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

107 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jeremy N. Harcourt on 28 May 2006
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I don't remember this film at all when it came out and I don't remember it ever being shown on TV, which is a real shame as I think it deserves a wider audience. There are some very fine performances notably from Helena Bonham Carter and Cary Elwes. The acting, costumes and script are generally very good but I found the musical score a little overbearing at times.

The scheming and ambitious John Dudley Duke of Northumberland is the vilain of the piece. He convinces the dying king Edward to change Henry VIII's will and disinherit his sisters Mary and Elizabeth and name Lady Jane as his successor. In my view too little is seen of the young King Edward VI and his sister Mary. Mary is seen giving an early warning to Jane but is next seen riding in triumph to London when Jane's reign is finished. Some other parts of the plot could have been fleshed out a little rather then concentrating on the romance between Jane and Northumberland's son Guildford Dudley.

The idealism of the young queen and her husband make the viewer sympathetic to them. Jane's parents are also shown as ruthless ambitious and greedy, her mother the Duchess of Suffolk portrayed as particulary cruel and unfeeling.

All in all I really enjoyed this film and would strongly recommend it.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Dec. 2005
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This excellent historical drama charts the life of Lady Jane Grey who was illegally declared Queen of England following the death of Edward V1, reigned for nine days and eventually executed.
The political intriguing are accurate, as well as Jane’s relationship with her parents, as is the scene where she is declared Queen.
Helena Bonham Carter is a perfect choice for Jane and bears a considerable likeness to a portrait of her, and Cary Elwes is excellent as her husband Guildford Dudley. The scenes between them are irresistible as they move from antagonism to love, and the last hour they are allowed together the night before their executions is devastating. Unfortunately their relationship in the film is almost certainly inaccurate, probably a complete reverse of the truth, additionally Jane’s confinement in the Tower is well documented and there is no mention anywhere of them meeting when imprisoned. However it would be a flinty hearted historian that begrudged us this touching love story, for once I say to hell with history.
The film is a feast of fine acting, sets and costumes, photography and direction. For all lovers of historical films this is a must.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Oct. 2006
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This film tells the story of Lady Jane Grey, the cousin of King Edward VI, who at the age of 16 was put on the throne of England by her scheming uncles in an attempt to prevent the accession of the Catholic Queen Mary. the plot failed and Lady Jane was executed.

Brilliant acting by Helena Bonham Carter in one of her first roles as Lady Jane. Not the most historically accurate version of the story ever written, but it's a well produced and deeply moving film and deserved much more commercial success than it had.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. Izod on 7 Aug. 2011
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This film gave Helena Bonham-Carter her first starring role and she is very, very good in it and it is clear why she was picked up and moved up to the big league. She captures the learned petulance of Jane Gray very well and also shows her for the innocent victim that she was. The film is littered with big name RSC actors who give very BIG and rather theatrical performances and the script - by RSC writer David Edgar - is also very theatrical in its nature none of which is surprising when you look at the name of the director.

This is an enjoyable film even though one does feel one is rather watching a stage play that has been filmed and it is historically accurate in many ways except for one crucial and vital way: this film becomes, essentially, a love story between Guildford Dudley and Jane Gray and the second half of the film depends on this for its emotional weight. The problem is that they actually hated each other and spent about ten minutes in each others' company througout the entirity of their short and tragic marriage. Historical inaccuracy shouldn't really impact upon the enjoyment of a film but here it does because it detracts from Jane's true tragedy which was that every aspect of her life was rubbish. Here, the redemption of her joyful marriage create a very different sort of tragedy.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By NorthernStarRetail on 25 Nov. 2006
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This is an excellent film, and I'm amazed I've never come across it before - just came on it by chance while browsing. I'm very interested in the Tudor period but didn't know a great deal about Lady Jane Grey, and I'm not sure how accurate it is, but I found it absorbing and very moving. Helena Bonham-Carter and Carys Elwes were superb as Jane and Guildford. It really brought home to me how tenuous life was in those days if you were close to the throne, and it was clear that Jane and Guildford were used as pawns in what was a (failed) attempt to avoid England returning to Catholicism following the death of Edward VI. But it was also a love story, with these two young people, still in their teens, forced very much against their wills to marry for political reasons, disliking each other intensely and then falling in love. Obviously their fate was known by the viewer from the outset, but it didn't make it any less sad when the inevitable happened. Mary I did not come out of this well, but of course this was just the start as far as she was concerned - she didn't get the title 'Bloody Mary' for nothing!

I highly recommend this film, and it's a pity is seems to have such a low profile, when we see so many films based on the life of Henry VIII and his many wives.
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