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The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

aka The Other Boleyn Girl

"Two sisters divided for the love for a king."

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Details: 115 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)

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Again a movie based on a book I'd read - this one just this past January though. The movie stayed very true to the book - obviously some plot elements had to be cut out to allowed for length, but they didn't change the plot unnecessarily, and the atmosphere stayed the same... which isn't necessarily altogether good as it was a very unpleasant book and a very unpleasant movie - the movie actually more so, as we didn't get the same slow build-up (at one point 9 months went by between cuts) and things therefore seemed to happen more quickly and more abruptly. Still a very well made movie, even if it did leave me troubled and glad that I'd read the book first so I knew what to expect

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Cast:

Small Anne Boleyn
Small Mary Boleyn
Small Henry VIII of England
Small George Boleyn
No_movie_poster Sir Thomas Boleyn
Small Lady Elizabeth Boleyn
Small Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
Small Catherine of Aragon
Small William Stafford
No_movie_poster Physician
Small Jane Parker
No_movie_poster Rider
Small William Carey
No_movie_poster Henry Percy
No_movie_poster Lady in Waiting
No_movie_poster Thomas Cromwell
Small Francis Weston
No_movie_poster Brandon Mark
Small King’s Messenger
No_movie_poster Jane Seymour
No_movie_poster Brandon
No_movie_poster Midwife

Crew:

Small Scott Rudin Producer
No_movie_poster Paul Cantelon Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Mark Cooper Producer
No_movie_poster Kevin Phipps Art Direction
No_movie_poster Sandy Powell Costume Design
No_movie_poster Carol Littleton Editor
No_movie_poster Karen Lindsay-Stewart Casting
No_movie_poster Peter Morgan Author
No_movie_poster Paul Knight Editor
No_movie_poster Alison Owen Producer
No_movie_poster Justin Chadwick Director
No_movie_poster Philippa Gregory Author
No_movie_poster Faye Ward Producer
No_movie_poster Jane Robertson Producer
No_movie_poster John Paul Kelly Production Design
No_movie_poster Kieran McGuigan Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Emma MacDevitt Art Direction
No_movie_poster Matthew Gray Art Direction
No_movie_poster Sara Wan Set Decoration
No_movie_poster David Allday Art Direction
No_movie_poster Philippa Gregory Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Carol Littleton Editing
No_movie_poster Paul Knight Editing

Taglines:

"Two sisters divided for the love for a king."

Plot:

When Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon does not produce a male heir to the throne, Thomas Howard, the Duke of Norfolk and his brother in law Thomas Boleyn plan to install Thomas's daughter Anne Boleyn. They hope Anne will become the King's mistress and mother of his son, to the disgust of her mother, Lady Elizabeth Boleyn, Countess of Wiltshire and Ormond (Thomas Howard's sister). Anne eventually agrees to please her father and uncle. Anne's younger sister, Mary, marries William Carey, even though his family had asked for Anne's hand.

While visiting the Boleyn estate, Henry VIII is injured in a hunting accident, indirectly caused by Anne, and is nursed by Mary. While in her care, Henry becomes smitten with her and he invites her to court. Mary and her husband reluctantly agree, aware of what will be expected of her. Mary and Anne become ladies-in-waiting to Queen Catherine and Henry sends William away on an assignment. Separated from her husband, Mary finds herself falling in love with Henry.

Rebellious Anne secretly marries the nobleman Henry Percy. Anne confides in her brother George, who is overjoyed and proceeds to tell Mary. Fearing Anne will ruin her reputation by marrying without the king's consent, Mary alerts her father and uncle. They confront Anne, annul the marriage, and exile her to France.

Mary becomes pregnant. Her family receives new grants and estates, their debts are paid, and Henry arranges George's marriage to Jane Parker. When Mary nearly suffers a miscarriage, she is confined to bed until her child is born. Norfolk recalls Anne to England to keep Henry's attention from wandering to another rival. In her belief that Mary exiled her to increase her own status, Anne successfully campaigns to win Henry over. Henry then has Mary sent to the country at Anne's request. Shortly after, Mary is widowed.

Anne encourages Henry to break from the Roman Catholic Church when the Pope refuses to annul his marriage to Queen Catherine. Henry succumbs to Anne's demands, declares himself Supreme Head of the Church of England, and gets Thomas Wolsey to annul the marriage.

Anne's schemes drive Henry to breaking point and, in a fit of rage, he rapes her. A pregnant Anne marries Henry to please her family and to become the new Queen. Mary and Anne reconcile.

Despite the birth of a healthy daughter, Elizabeth, Henry blames Anne for the failure to create a son. He begins courting Jane Seymour in secret. After Anne suffers the miscarriage of a son, Anne begs George to commit incest with her to replace the child she lost because if anyone found out about the miscarriage, she would be burned as a witch. George agrees, knowing that it is Anne's only hope. They do not go through with it. However, George's neglected wife Jane witnesses enough of their encounter to become suspicious. She reports what she has seen and both Anne and George are arrested. The two are found guilty and sentenced to death for treason, adultery and incest. George is executed. Distraught by the news, his mother Elizabeth Boleyn disowns her husband and brother, vowing never to forgive them for what their greed did to her children.

Mary returns to court to plead for Anne's life. Believing that Henry will spare her sister, she leaves to see Anne right before the scheduled execution. Anne asks Mary to take care of her child Elizabeth if anything should happen to her. Mary watches from the crowd as Anne makes her final speech, waiting for the execution to be cancelled as Henry promised. A letter from Henry is given to Mary, revealing his decision to execute Anne after all. She is beheaded. The closing captions summarize the subsequent history of the Boleyns.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2008-02-29 : United States of America

DVD : 2008-06-10