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Lady Jane is a 1986 British costume drama romance film directed by Trevor Nunn, written by David Edgar, and starring Helena Bonham Carter as the title character. It tells the story of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days' Queen, on her reign and romance with husband Lord Guildford Dudley. The film features several members of The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Lady Jane
Lady Jane (1986 film) poster.jpg
Cinema poster
Directed byTrevor Nunn
Produced byPeter Snell
Screenplay byDavid Edgar
Story byChris Bryant
Starring
Music byStephen Oliver
CinematographyDouglas Slocombe
Edited byAnne V. Coates
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
7 February 1986
Running time
141 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget$8.5 million
Box office$277,646[1]

The story had previously been turned into a 1936 film Tudor Rose, and a 1923 silent film Lady Jane Grey; Or, The Court of Intrigue.

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Plot summaryEdit

The death of King Henry VIII of England throws his kingdom into chaos as his heir, Edward VI of England, is both under-age and in poor health. Anticipating the young king's imminent death from tuberculosis and anxious to keep England true to the Protestant Reformation by keeping the Catholic Princess Mary from the throne, John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, Lord President of the Council and second only to the king in power, hatches a plan to marry his son, Lord Guildford, to Lady Jane Grey, and have the royal physician keep the young king Edward VI alive—albeit in excruciating pain—long enough to get him to name Jane his heir.

Jane is unhappy with the proposed marriage, and is forced into it through corporal punishment by her parents. At first, Jane and Guildford treat their union as a marriage of convenience, but later fall deeply in love.

After Edward VI dies, Jane is placed on the throne. She is troubled by the questionable legality of her accession, but after consulting with Guildford, turns the tables on John Dudley and the others who thought to use her as a puppet.

After only nine days, however, Queen Jane's council abandon her because of her designs for reforming the country. The council then supports Mary, who at first imprisons Jane and Guildford.

Consumed with guilt, Jane's father, the Duke of Suffolk, raises a rebellion to restore her to the throne, presumably in concert with Thomas Wyatt the Younger's rebellion. When the rebellion fails, Queen Mary I offers to spare Jane's life if she renounces her Protestant faith. When she refuses, Jane, her father and Guildford are executed.

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LocationsEdit

Dover Castle was used to represent the Tower of London in the film. Interior scenes of Hever Castle were used. The long gallery was used in the scene where Jane visits Queen Mary. The moat around Leeds Castle was used in the scene where Dudley first visits Lady Jane.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=ladyjane.htm
  2. ^ Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Lady Jane Film Focus".

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