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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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Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


$9,217,930 (USA) (20 March 1998)

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Did You Know?


One of two films in consecutive years where Judi Dench plays an historic English Queen. The other was Shakespeare in Love (1998) as Elizabeth I. The same actresses who play the Ladies in Waiting to the Queen in both films as well. See more »


When the Prince of Wales recovers from typhoid, the Queen commands that a Mass of Thanksgiving be held at St. George's Chapel. Queen Victoria was a devout low-church Anglican/Presbyterian in England and Scotland and would have never ordered a mass. In reality, a Church of England Service of Thanksgiving was held at St. Paul's Cathedral. See more »


[first lines]
John Brown: God save the Queen!
[shoots into the dark]
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Featured in Shakespeare in Love and on Film (1999) See more »

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A film which carries extra appeal because of personal resonance.
13 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Undoubtedly this film appeals to so very many because of the fine acting, the tenderness of a story about how a man comforts a great human being in her grief, the wit, and the careful re-creation of a period of history. For me personally, however, there was another appealing element - the highlighting of the differences between English and Scottish culture. This seems so often to be brought out very wittily by Sher's Disraeli - in his references to his suffering because of the weather and Scottish food, to this land of Calvin and Knox, and in his barbed comments to English churchmen that Her Majesty is actually becoming interested in Low Church Presbyterianism. It is because I can identify with such traits of character and belief from an Ulster Scot ancestry and because I often see others' failure to understand or appreciate those traits that the film has a degree of personal resonance.

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