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Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but ... See full summary »

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Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but that relationship creates scandalous situation and is likely to lead to monarchy crisis. Written by Anonymous

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Queen Victoria, the world's most powerful woman. John Brown, a simple Scottish Highlander. Their extraordinary friendship transformed an empire.


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Rated PG for a beating, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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£48,842 (UK) (27 March 1998)

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£3,374,073 (UK) (27 March 1998)
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The actresses who play the Ladies in Waiting to Queen Victoria (Mrs Brown), are also her Majesty's (Queen Elizabeth), Ladies in Waiting in Shakespeare in Love. See more »

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The scene in Parliament, preceded immediately by the on screen prompt "1867," where the speaker raises the question of the "Disestablishment of the Irish Church" did not happen under the government of Benjamin Disraeli, as depicted, nor did it happen in 1867 at all. Known officially as The Irish Church Act 1869, was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed during William Ewart Gladstone's administration, which was after Disraeli's first ministership (which ended on December 1, 1868) and before his second ministership (which began on February 20, 1874). See more »

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Henry Ponsonby: I have sent for a Mr. John BROWN from Balmoral. Her majesty has mentioned him, on one or two occasions, as being a most devoted outdoor servant to Prince Albert during his last days there. The depths of the Queen's sorrow remain impenetrable. She has now restricted herself to a regime of such ferocious introspection that we are all at our wits' end. The Household continues, at her instruction, to observe the rituals now so familiar to her, in a vain attempt to render vivid that which can never ...
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A Strong Period Drama and Another Brilliant Characterization by Judi Dench
31 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MRS. BROWN as written by Jeremy Brock and directed by John Madden (Proof, Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli's Mandolin) is a sprightly, entertaining and engrossing study of a moment in the life of enigmatic Queen Victoria. Selecting an outstanding production crew and a fine cast this film succeeds on every level and once again proves to us that Judi Dench is one of the finest actresses on the stage or screen today.

The story revolves around the time when Queen Victoria's beloved husband Prince Albert dies resulting in a clinical depression in the queen. She leaves London with her entourage to grieve at Balmoral Castle. There her Scottish Highlander servant John Brown (Billy Connolly) nurses her back to normalcy but in the meanwhile sets up the appearance of an affair that scandalized the British Isles. Disraeli (Antony Sher) visits in an attempt to right the situation but it is Brown's strong personality - an equal match for the wise and wily Victoria - that alters the course of events that returns Queen Victoria to her proper station.

Dench and Connolly play so well off each other that their relationship has a wealth of charm, tenderness, bite, wit, and solidity. The supporting cast includes a fine turn by Gerard Butler as Archie Brown, John's supportive and playful brother. The costumes are superb and the cinematography by Richard Greatrex captures the atmosphere of the cloying indoor spaces as well as the freedom of the vast coastline vistas. Stephen Warbeck is responsible for the well-integrated musical score. Highly recommended. Grady Harp


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