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Mrs Brown (1997)

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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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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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3 October 1997 (USA)  »

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$76,268 (USA) (18 July 1997)

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$9,217,930 (USA) (20 March 1998)
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During filming, Gerard Butler saved a young boy from drowning in the river Tay and received a "Certificate Of Bravery" from The Royal Humane Society. See more »

Goofs

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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[first lines]
John Brown: God save the Queen!
[shoots into the dark]
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1997 (1998) See more »

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Excellent, but not a romance
16 March 1999 | by (Pasadena, California) – See all my reviews

This is a phenomenal movie, but I am rather peeved at the way it has been marketed. When I rented the movie, the blurb on the box luridly touted the "forbidden passion between a rugged Scotsman and the most powerful woman in the world." Other marketing of the film is similar. That's not what the movie is about at all!! It is a very sad commentary on our society if a moving drama about terrible grief being assuaged through loyal friendship cannot be accepted for what it is. Is the American public really that shallow? I don't know whether to blame movie execs for dumbing down the presentation of their product to titillate the lowest common denominator, or the American public for maybe actually being that way.

Diatribes aside, Dench and Connolly are phenomenal. Victoria and Brown are complex characters with conflicting emotions, and one almost feels able to look upon their souls in this portrayal. Antony Sher was delightful as the orator/politician Benjamin Disraeli, at the same time both wise and gently pompous. The makeup job was so good that I actually recognized him as Disraeli before his name was mentioned.

If you are disappointed because this is not a puerile romance, shame on you. These are real people with real emotions. This moving story of grief and friendship is definitely one of the best of the year.


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