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Queen Margot (1994)

La Reine Margot (original title)
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Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.

Director:

Patrice Chéreau

Writers:

Alexandre Dumas (novel), Danièle Thompson (scenario & adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Adjani ... Marguerite de Valois dite La Reine Margot
Daniel Auteuil ... Henri de Navarre
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Charles IX
Vincent Perez ... La Môle
Virna Lisi ... Catherine de Médicis
Dominique Blanc ... Henriette de Nevers
Pascal Greggory ... Anjou
Claudio Amendola ... Coconnas
Miguel Bosé ... Guise (as Miguel Bosè)
Asia Argento ... Charlotte of Sauve
Julien Rassam Julien Rassam ... Alençon
Thomas Kretschmann ... Nançay
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Coligny
Jean-Philippe Écoffey Jean-Philippe Écoffey ... Condé (as Jean-Philippe Ecoffey)
Albano Guaetta Albano Guaetta ... Orthon
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Storyline

The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the Hugenot King Henri of Navarre. Catherine of Medici maintains her behind-the-scenes power by ordering assaults, poisonings, and instigations to incest. Written by Oliver 'Asana' Duex <asana@popgate.tng.oche.de>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, strong sexuality, and for graphic scenes of massacre | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

9 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queen Margot See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM 42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,190, 16 May 2014

Gross USA:

$2,017,346
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In addition to all the costumes worn by the lead actors, about 600 extras costumes were custom made in Paris for the film. Despite their sumptuous appearance, the clothes were mostly made from linen and cotton sateen; clothes that appear to be elaborately brocaded, such as Margot's wedding dress, are merely prints in most cases. Jewelry was limited to mostly pearls and elaborate embroidery - the norm for the era - was discarded both for stylistic and budgetary reasons. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where La Mole and Coconnas are being dragged, alive, from a cart full of dead people at a mass burial site, you can clearly see a 'dead body' in the background blink its eyes. See more »

Quotes

Le Cardinal: Henri de Bourbon, do you take Marguerite de Valois as your wife?
Henri: I do.
Le Cardinal: Marguerite de Valois, do you take Henri de Bourbon, King of Navarre, as your husband?
[there is a pause]
Le Cardinal: Marguerite de Valois, do you take... In the name of God, and His Holy Church, I join you in matrimony.
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Version of A Woman of Evil (1954) See more »

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Elohi
Performed by Ofra Haza
(Ofra Haza (as Haza) - Goran Bregovic (as Bregovic))
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Godmother Part 1
15 June 2002 | by tomquickSee all my reviews

Though this film is not very faithful to history or to Dumas' unhistorical novel, it is compelling and very dark fiction. The Byzantine complexity of the French religious wars is simplified into a story of a country manipulated by ruthless, superstitous and inept matriarch Catherine de Medici. The royal family appear as puppets guided to achieve the mother's goals. There are flaws in this repressive system, which cannot overpower the human virtues of courage, love, loyalty and friendship. In the end, and in history, the Medicis are triumphant....but the seeds of the House of Bourbon are sown.


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