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Vera Drake (2004)

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Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.



Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 40 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Graham ...
Anna Keaveney ...
Alex Kelly ...
Mrs. Wells
Mr. Wells
Sandra Voe ...
Vera's Mother
Sid's Customer


Vera Drake is a selfless woman who is completely devoted to, and loved by, her working class family. She spends her days doting on them and caring for her sick neighbor and elderly mother. However, she also secretly visits women and helps them induce miscarriages for unwanted pregnancies. While the practice itself was illegal in 1950s England, Vera sees herself as simply helping women in need, and always does so with a smile and kind words of encouragement. When the authorities finally find her out, Vera's world and family life rapidly unravel. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Wife. Mother. Criminal.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for depiction of strong thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 February 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El secreto de Vera Drake  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,207 (USA) (8 October 2004)


$3,753,806 (USA) (25 March 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Except for Imelda Staunton, none of the actors knew the film was about abortion until their characters found out. See more »


The young girl tells the psychiatrist that her father works for the Ministry of Defence. The Ministry of Defence was created in a 1968 merger of the War Office, Air Ministry, and Admiralty. See more »


[first lines]
Vera: Hello George, only me. How are you going today?
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits it says: "In loving memory of my parents, a doctor and a midwife." See more »


Calling All Workers
Written by Eric Coates
(p) 1940 Chappell Recorded Music Library
(c) 1940 Chappell Recorded Music Library
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It's not entertainment but...
18 November 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

It's not entertainment but...this is an extraordinary piece of work.

I went to see Alexander on a Wednesday night and Vera Drake the night after and what a contrast! A story that means something, characters that feel rough and real in your hands like worn stones in an old pathway, and above all film making with a purpose with no effort to dazzle just inform.

It's not perfect, but this is the kind of imperfection all of us in Hollywood should strive for.

A word about the art direction too. I remember the 50's in England and yes it was just like that - I remember my parents kitchen being that dismal and green, and yes English people and English families can be that incommunicative, and yes they sat in front of the fire and talked about the war and the Blitz and yes we would sit in the parlour on Christmas day and eat off a table just like that.

There. I've shared secrets with you. Now go and see this and keep crap like Alexander off the screens.

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