SYNOPSIS: Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, is imprisoned in England by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I—supposedly for the murder of her husband, but actually due to her claim to the throne of England. Her life spared for the moment, Mary has an opportunity to plead for help from her supporters and from Elizabeth herself. Their meeting, though acrimonious, indicates how much the two leaders have in common, and the similar challenges they face from societal, political and religious factions, many of which will resonate with today’s students of history.
LANGUAGE: In keeping with the period depicted, there is no vulgar language.
SMOKING AND DRINKING: None.
SEX: None, though poor behavior by the men in their lives is mentioned.
VIOLENCE: None depicted. Violence is discussed including some brutal scenes, but all occurs off stage.
FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Mary Stuart is suitable for general adult audiences and high school and junior high school students. Pre-teens may be bored by it.
RATING: If a movie, Mary Stuart would be rated “PG.”