Mrs Brown (1997)
[the Prince of Wales has just had a rather cryptic conversation with Disraeli]
Lord Stanley: What did he want?
Mary Ann Disraeli: To know when he'll be king.
Queen Victoria: [Queen spills water down her front]
John Brown: Honest to God woman, I never thought I'd see you in such a state, you must miss him dreadfully.
Queen Victoria: You do not! - he- Get him out!
[heads towards door]
Queen Victoria: GET HIM OUT! GET HIM OUT!
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: [Inside a horse-drawn carriage traveling across a huge Highland landscape] Yesterday, Gladstone talked for three hours on the Irish Church Bill... I am as guilty as the rest of underestimating his reforming zeal. Tory days may be numbered, but I fancy there yet remains one last hope of deliverance. Wheresoever the blame lies, we must now close ranks and defend Mrs Brown's England. As for my interminable journey to the land of Calvin, oatcakes and sulphur...
[arrives at Balmoral]
Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: no Prime Minister made greater sacrifice than attempting to run the country six hundred miles north of civilization.
Queen Victoria: [to Prime Minister Disraeli] How dare the Irish break with the Anglicans? If Albert were alive today he would never allow the Crown to give up Church patronage. No, the Irish must be told, very firmly, to stay exactly where they are. It is the thin edge of the wedge, Mr Disraeli. Next, you will be telling me that the Crown no longer governs this nation.
[reporters and photographers are hiding, trying to get clandestine photos of the Queen and Brown. Brown smells a rat and goes off to investigate]
Journalist: Where'd he go?
John Brown: [appearing right next to them] THIS CLOSE ENOUGH FOR YOU BOYS?
John Brown: You tell *Her Majesty* that if her husband were here he'd tell her to get out of the house and get some air into her lungs.
John Brown: All I wanted to tell her was how I feel for God's sake!
Archie Brown: You don't tell Her Majesty how you feel
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.
John Brown: You could buy that lot for garden ornaments and still see change from ten guineas.
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 be revived. It will not surprise you to hear that she continues steadfast in her refusal to accept any public engagements, however trivial. Family and staff expend all their efforts endeavouring to draw her out of this state of unfettered morbidity, but to no avail. Indeed, Doctor Jenner will not undertake to vouchsafe her sanity, unless some remedy is found. We must hope, therefore, that this Mr Brown will appeal to the Queen's sentimental, though deeply-held, view that all Highlanders are good for the health. If she can at least be persuaded to take the air, the prospect of further recovery may seem less remote. He is arriving by boat this afternoon, by which time it is hoped Her Majesty will be in a fit state to consider riding out. As to that decision, along with all others, we remain, as ever, prisoners of the Queen's grief. Ever your devoted husband, Henry.
John Brown: It's only grief makes her like she is.
Archie Brown: Three years, John. Is that not a bit long to be grieving?
John Brown: She loved him.
Archie Brown: Come on, man. There's love and there's...
John Brown: What?
Archie Brown: You know what I mean.
John Brown: I'm not sure I do, Archie.
Archie Brown: There's love and there's behaving like you do because there's nobody to tell you not to.
Queen Victoria: I will not tolerate anybody lecturing me about the responsibility of the monarchy. Least of all my son. It was his irresponsibility that drove my husband to his grave.
John Brown: If I catch the miserable by-blow who told those men where she'd be, then I'll hang his balls to dry on Jock Wemyss, so I will!
John Brown: If I find out that you had anything to do with this, I will have you sacked.
Henry Ponsonby: I believe that decision rests with Her Majesty.
John Brown: Don't think I can't persuade her.
Queen Victoria: No-one should think themselves wiser than me! It is not for any of the Queen's subjects to presume to tell Her Majesty when and where She should come out of mourning. It is the Queen's sorrow that keeps her secluded! It is Her overwhelming amount of work and responsibility, work which She feels will soon wear her out entirely! Is it not enough that She is uncheered and unguided that she should also have to suffer these malicious rumors? I am not a fool. I know there are those in the establishment too afraid to attack me and so they attack my dearest friends. Sometimes I feel that Brown is all I have left of Albert. And now they attack Brown too. I will not give him up to them.
Queen Victoria: Duty? You talk about duty?
John Brown: If duty and safety are served by the same end then, aye, I do.
Queen Victoria: I cannot believe you are saying this? You, who I have relied on all this time.
John Brown: Have I ever let you down before?
Queen Victoria: You stand there and tell me it is my duty. After all you promised me!
John Brown: I'm breaking no promises!
Queen Victoria: You are forcing me to do the very thing you know I fear most!
John Brown: For god's sake, woman, I'm just trying to keep you safe!
Queen Victoria: I will not hear any more about my safety! You made me a promise and now you have broken it!
John Brown: When I took you out riding, come rain or shine, because I knew it was right for you, when I kept the bairns off your back so you could have a bit of peace, when I saw you safe from home to home and you didn't even knowI was there. All I've ever thought about is you!
Queen Victoria: Then why send me back to them?
John Brown: Because I have to! Will you no listen to me, woman?
Queen Victoria: Do not presume to talk to your Queen in that manner.
[to a princess at lunch]
Queen Victoria: You're not eating enough. One must not let vanity overrule appetite.