The Other Boleyn Girl

February 29th, 2008


The Other Boleyn Girl

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Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.7/10 (39,368 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Director: Justin Chadwick

Stars: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana

A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

Writers: Peter Morgan, Philippa Gregory

Natalie Portman - Anne Boleyn
Scarlett Johansson - Mary Boleyn
Eric Bana - Henry Tudor
Jim Sturgess - George Boleyn
Mark Rylance - Sir Thomas Boleyn
Kristin Scott Thomas - Lady Elizabeth Boleyn
David Morrissey - The Duke of Norfolk
Benedict Cumberbatch - William Carey
Oliver Coleman - Henry Percy
Ana Torrent - Katherine of Aragon
Eddie Redmayne - William Stafford
Tom Cox - Rider
Michael Smiley - Physician
Montserrat Roig de Puig - Lady in Waiting
Juno Temple - Jane Parker

Taglines: The only thing that could come between these sisters... is a kingdom.


Official Website: Official site [Japan] | Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 29 February 2008

Filming Locations: Bath, Somerset, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,203,061 (USA) (2 March 2008) (1166 Screens)

Gross: $26,814,957 (USA) (20 April 2008)

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Did You Know?

Anne Boleyn was hardly the quickly discarded failure that she is portrayed as. She had over 250 personal servants, and a reputation as a lavish spender. Several important people were executed because they didn't like her.

Anachronisms: When Anne makes her speech on the execution block, a painted metal drainpipe, with metal bands fixing it to the wall, is clearly visible behind her.

Mary Boleyn: [Refering to the Queen] The crowds are with her.
Anne Boleyn: [Confidently] The crowds have no vote.

User Review

Eh... Nice costumes and sets

Rating: 6/10

If you want a good movie about Henry VIII and Anne Bolyen, rent Anne of the Thousand Days. That was a film that used history to tell a story about real people who had a love to change a nation.

In this version of the eponymous Phillipa Gregory novel, historical inaccuracies abound. Approximately fifteen years are compressed into two hours with no indication time has gone by except for various babies. None of the characters ever change or grow any older. The characters in this movie are completely one-sided. Anne is ambitious. Henry is a womanizer. Mary is simple. No one has any complexities. The sisterly rivalry plays out like an underdeveloped soap opera.

On the other hand, the film is engaging and the costumes lovely. Same with the gorgeous palace settings.

Eye candy it is. Truthful or realistic it isn't.


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