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||IMDB Rating: 6.7/10 from 1,094 votes
||Release: 1937 (Austria) /
||Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
||Director: William K. Howard,
||Stars: Charles Carson, Donald Calthrop, Flora Robson, George Thirlwell, Henry Oscar, James Mason, Laurence Olivier, Leslie Banks, Lyn Harding, Morton Selten, Raymond Massey, Robert Newton, Robert Rendel, Tamara Desni, Vivien Leigh
||Synopsis: 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. Written by Dale O'Connor <[email protected]>
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Sir Laurence Olivier once said that he thought his work before
Wuthering Heights markedly inferior to that after because it was
William Wyler who taught him the art of film acting and the difference
between that and the stage. Although he overacts in spots in Fire Over
England, even with that it comes natural because the character he's
playing is an impetuous youth.
England did not have the big navy and the empire it boasted of in later
centuries. Spain was the big kid on the European block in 1587 when
this story takes place. It's Hapsburg King, Philip II either directly
or through his Hapsburg relations lay claim to about half of western
Europe and about 3/5 of the North and South American continents
And Spain was driven by a religious ideology in the Roman Catholic
faith with its Inquisition determined to stamp out diversity of thought
in it's wake. England had broken away from the Roman Church and the
Pope and was asserting its own religious sovereignty.
England didn't have a navy, but it did have privateers, although the
Spanish called them pirates. They raided Spanish commerce and exacted a
heavy toll in life and property. That got Philip II pretty mad and he
set out to build the biggest fleet anyone ever saw to wipe these
upstarts out. He called it the Armada.
These upstarts had a female ruler in Elizabeth I, played by Flora
Robson. Over 400 years before Germaine Greer and Betty Friedan were
writing about feminism, in that most masculine of ages Queen Elizabeth
devoted her very existence to her people and sacrificed a lot of
personal happiness in doing so. Flora Robson gives the definitive
portrait of Elizabeth of England in this film. She did it so well that
when she came to America, Warner Brothers had her play Queen Elizabeth
again in The Sea Hawk. Elizabeth in this writer's humble opinion was
the greatest monarch the English have ever had.
Raymond Massey plays Philip II, a dour humorless man who also
unceasingly worked for his country. He's a cunning adversary for
Fire Over England was the first film that Olivier did with his future
wife Vivien Leigh. On this film they started the affair that was the
Taylor-Burton romance of it's day. I'm sure the publicity helped the
box office here. Vivien Leigh is one of Elizabeth's ladies in waiting
and she falls big time for Olivier who has been captured, escapes Spain
and then sent on a confidential mission by Elizabeth to find out about
some English fifth columnists she suspects. How Olivier escapes the
first time and what happens on the mission, well that's for you to see
Fire Over England for.
Two other main characters are Lord Burleigh played by Morton Selten and
the Earl of Leicester played by Leslie Banks. Leicester in his youth
was the lover and chief confidant of Elizabeth even before she became
Queen. Their story is a part of the rich tapestry of pageant that was
Elizabeth of England's life. Why they didn't marry is a whole film in
and of itself and Banks's anguish is captured well here.
Grand entertainment and a grand historical pageant tribute to one of
the most heroic times in English history.
Tags for Fire Over England Full Movie
, Donald Calthrop
, Flora Robson
, George Thirlwell
, Henry Oscar
, James Mason
, Laurence Olivier
, Leslie Banks
, Lyn Harding
, Morton Selten
, Raymond Massey
, Robert Newton
, Robert Rendel
, Tamara Desni
, Vivien Leigh
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