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Mrs Brown (1997)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  18 July 1997 (USA)
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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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$76,268 (USA) (18 July 1997)

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£3,374,073 (UK) (27 March 1998)
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One of two movies released in 1997 starring Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer and Gerard Butler, with the other movie being Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). See more »

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After the Mass of Thanksgiving at St. George's, Windsor for the recovery of the Prince of Wales from an attack of typhoid in 1871, all the royal carriages bear the monogram "VRI" standing for Victoria Regina Imperatrix (Victoria, Queen and Empress). Victoria was not created Empresss of India until 1876, when the "I" was added to the royal monogram. See more »

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Queen Victoria: Mr Brown.
John Brown: Yes, ma'am.
Queen Victoria: You have been told repeatedly not to stand in the courtyard unless requested to do so.
John Brown: Yes, ma'am.
Queen Victoria: Then why do you persist in doing it?
John Brown: Because I think Her Majesty is wrong. If ever there was a poor soul who needed fresh air, it is her.
Queen Victoria: The Queen will ride out if and when she chooses.
John Brown: And I intend to be there when she's ready.
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Good, meticulously crafted, no-compromise drama
28 December 1998 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

This is not, as one might think, a romantic film about a queen who falls in love with a subject -- although that's technically its story, and although it seems to aspire to the category of romantic, bittersweet drama. For that it's too harsh and cold, and my experience is that women in particular will be disappointed that at no point in the film will the central characters "succumb to their yearnings". True, this is an epic, sweeping, costume drama, but it's one that stays so true in its wish to portray history and reality correctly, that the grand love scenes are ruled out by its no-compromise attitude.

Beyond that (it's by no means a criticism), Mrs. Brown is a touching, very entertaining, extremely well acted drama. Unlike many other films set in this era, the sets aren't overdone, and the people are portrayed (as I imagine it) realistically. Despite its focus on realism, it comes off as an extremely emotional (much thanks to Billy Connolly's performance) story about personal and political conflicts.

Finally, I believe the political angle of the film will confuse some people who won't understand the issues at stake (this is how my girlfriend reacted -- she couldn't follow much of the narrative in the last hour or so); but those who do will be thrilled.


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