The Other Boleyn GirlFebruary 29, 2008
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
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
Sir Thomas Boleyn
Kristin Scott Thomas
Lady Elizabeth Boleyn
The Duke of Norfolk
Katherine of Aragon
Montserrat Roig de Puig
Lady in Waiting
The only thing that could come between these sisters… is a kingdom.
Release Date: 29 February 2008
Filming Locations: Bath, Somerset, England, UK
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $8,203,061
(2 March 2008)
(20 April 2008)
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.
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.
[Refering to the Queen]
The crowds are with her.
The crowds have no vote.
Eh… Nice costumes and sets
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.