With Vanessa Redgrave, Vernon Dobtcheff, Timothy Dalton, Nigel Davenport, Ian Holm, Glenda Jackson, Trevor Howard, Patrick McGoohan, Daniel Massey, Andrew Keir, Tom Fleming
Mary, Queen of Scots is a 1971 Universal Pictures biographical film based on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. Leading an all-star cast are Vanessa Redgrave as the titular character and Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I. In the same year, Jackson played the part of Elizabeth in the TV drama Elizabeth R.
The screenplay was written by John Hale and the film directed by Charles Jarrott. Like the play by Friedrich Schiller and the opera by Gaetano Donizetti, it takes considerable liberties with history in order to achieve increased dramatic effect, in particular two fictitious face-to-face encounters between the two Queens. The film received a less than enthusiastic review from the New York Times, but was nominated for several awards.