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Mrs Brown (1997)

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When Queen Victoria's husband dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.



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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pasco ...
Bridget McConnell ...
Lady Ely
Lady Churchill
Catherine O'Donnell ...
Princess Helena
Claire Nicolson ...
Princess Louise
Hattie Ladbury ...
Princess Alice
Oliver Kent ...
Prince Alfred


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,268, 20 July 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,217,930, 22 March 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,300,000, 21 December 1997
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1.85 : 1
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The film had originally been planned for release on television only. Thanks to Harvey Weinstein, who was sufficiently impressed with the film, it was ultimately accorded a theatrical release. See more »


At Osborne House, Brown is standing on the upper terrace, below the second story grand hall windows, with the Queen's white pony, ready and waiting for the Queen's call to ride. Seen at upper terrace level, he is standing on the horse's right side, as the Queen is walking through the grand hall with her daughters, she notices Brown standing and waiting through the window, and pauses at the window to observe more closely, but now Brown is standing on the horse's left side, which appears closer to the window because of the angle of the shot.. See more »


[first lines]
John Brown: God save the Queen!
[shoots into the dark]
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Version of The Mudlark (1950) See more »

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Fantastic love story
23 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film is a fantastic love story. You'll note that I didn't say "sex story," because there is absolutely no sex in this film. And yet most people equate "love story" with sex, or at least a beautifully shot kiss at the end, complete with a cheesy song penned by Brian Adams. This, my friends, is a love story with a difference.

It is the story of a servant's love for his queen; it is the story of a woman's love for the man who has given her life meaning; it is a story of two best friends, who ignore social circumstances and care deeply for one another. The story is nearly flawless, combining the historical situation and circumstances with intense and riveting emotion.

The acting is outstanding. Both of the central actors convey exactly what their character is feeling, even if no words are spoken. Billy Connolly lets John Brown's humanity shine through his rough exterior, and he has a naturalness that is quite inspired. And Dame Judi Dench gives a masterful performance, worthy of the Oscar (like that's never been said before). Her portrayal of a queen tortured by her feelings and her position in society is the best of the year by any actor, male or female.

Hands down the best British film of the year. 9/10.

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