|Genres||Adventure History Romance War|
|Director||William K. Howard|
|Writers||Clemence Dane (screenplay)
A.E.W. Mason (novel)
Sergei Nolbandov (screenplay)
|Cast||Flora Robson Raymond Massey Leslie Banks Laurence Olivier Vivien Leigh Morton Selten Tamara Desni Lyn Harding George Thirlwell Henry Oscar Robert Rendel Robert Newton Donald Calthrop Charles Carson James Mason Howard Douglas Cecil Mainwaring Francis De Wolff Graham Cheswright A. Corney Grain|
|Awards||1989 Berlin International Film Festival|
|Plot||Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age and how to foil those pesky Spanish who got far too much influence in England when her older sister Mary was on the throne after their father Henry VIII was succeeded by their sickly half brother. Elizabeth thinks Michael Ingolby can do great things. Michael is mostly thinking about one of Elizabeth's ladies in waiting, Cynthia. Soon his mind is on survival when Elizabeth sends him on a voyage to Spain.... see Fire Over England on IMDb|
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|The situation for England is perilous. Still reeling from its own Protestant-Catholic strife, England is a second-rate power under constant threat from Spain's mighty Armada. |
With unflinching resolve and magisterial bravery, Queen Elizabeth survives assassins and traitors to instill in her people the pride and courage necessary to defeat Spain and define the greatness of England.
The setting and the astonishing period costumes notwithstanding, this film is not really a history. Rather, it is the foremost dramatic presentation about projecting strength of personality as worldly power - and no one will ever equal, much less surpass, Flora Robson's depiction of Queen Elizabeth.
Raymond Massey is stunningly reptilian as King Philip of Spain, and this movie is also of interest for the as yet unrefined-for-film acting of Laurence Olivier and the always beautiful Vivien Leigh.
And, in addition, there is, of course, the music by Richard Addinsell.
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