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Vera Drake -- London, 1950: Vera Drake lives with her husband Stan and their grown-up children, Sid and Ethel. They are not rich, but they are a happy, close family.
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Wife. Mother. Criminal.
Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 43 wins & 31 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Imelda Staunton ... Vera
Richard Graham ... George

Eddie Marsan ... Reg
Anna Keaveney ... Nellie
Alex Kelly ... Ethel

Daniel Mays ... Sid

Philip Davis ... Stan (as Phil Davis)

Lesley Manville ... Mrs. Wells

Sally Hawkins ... Susan

Simon Chandler ... Mr. Wells

Sam Troughton ... David

Marion Bailey ... Mrs. Fowler
Sandra Voe ... Vera's Mother

Chris O'Dowd ... Sid's Customer

Adrian Scarborough ... Frank
Heather Craney ... Joyce

Sinead Matthews ... Very Young Woman (as Sinéad Matthews)
Sid Mitchell ... Very Young Man

Leo Bill ... Ronny

Gerard Monaco ... Kenny

Ruth Sheen ... Lily
Tilly Vosburgh ... Mother of Seven

Alan Williams ... Sick Husband
Heather Cameron-McLintock ... Child (as Heather Cameron)
Billie Cook ... Child
Billy Seymour ... Child
Nina Fry ... Dance Hall Girl
Lauren Holden ... Dance Hall Girl

Elizabeth Berrington ... Cynical Lady
Emma Amos ... Cynical Lady

Fenella Woolgar ... Susan's Confidante
Joanna Griffiths ... Peggy
Wendy Nottingham ... Ivy
Nicky Henson ... Private Doctor

Allan Corduner ... Psychiatrist
Angie Wallis ... Nurse Willoughby
Judith Scott ... Sister Beech

Vinette Robinson ... Jamaican Girl
Rosie Cavaliero ... Married Woman

Lesley Sharp ... Jessie Barnes

Liz White ... Pamela Barnes
Anthony O'Donnell ... Mr. Walsh
Lucy Pleasance ... Sister Coombes
Tracy O'Flaherty ... Nurse

Peter Wight ... Det. Inspector Webster

Martin Savage ... Det. Sergeant Vickers
Helen Coker ... WPC Best

Tom Ellis ... Police Constable
Robert Putt ... Station Sergeant

Craig Conway ... Station Constable

Jake Wood ... Ruffian

Vincent Franklin ... Mr. Lewis
Michael Gunn ... Gaoler

Paul Jesson ... Magistrate
Paul Raffield ... Magistrate's Clerk

Jim Broadbent ... Judge
Philip Childs ... Clerk
Jeffry Wickham ... Prosecution Barrister

Nicholas Jones ... Defence Barrister
Stephan Dunbar ... Usher
Angela Curran ... Prisoner
Jane Wood ... Prisoner

Eileen Davies ... Prison Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Hatkoff ... Dancer (uncredited)
David House ... Dancer (uncredited)

James Payton ... Court Reporter (uncredited)

Georgie Smith ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sarah Strachan ... Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
Ulla Virtanen ... Visitor at the hospital (uncredited)

John Warman ... Policeman in Court (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Leigh 
Writing credits
Mike Leigh (written by)

Produced by
Simon Channing Williams .... producer
Gail Egan .... executive producer
Christine Gozlan .... executive producer
Robert Jones .... executive producer
Georgina Lowe .... co-producer
Duncan Reid .... executive producer
Alain Sarde .... producer
Original Music by
Andrew Dickson 
Cinematography by
Dick Pope (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jim Clark 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
Production Design by
Eve Stewart 
Art Direction by
Andrew Grant 
Ed Walsh 
Set Decoration by
John Bush 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Durran 
Makeup Department
Christine Blundell .... hair designer
Christine Blundell .... makeup designer
Charmaine Fuller .... makeup assistant
Julius Goosen .... makeup assistant
Kerry Scourfield .... makeup artist
Lesa Warrener .... makeup artist
Julia Wilson .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Danielle Brandon .... production manager
Steve Harrow .... post-production supervisor
Steve Mason .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rob Burgess .... additional third assistant director (as Robert Burgess)
Sarah Coombs .... third assistant director
Merry Irwin .... third assistant director
Dan John .... second assistant director
Toby Leigh .... additional third assistant director
Samantha Smith McGrady .... additional third assistant director (as Samantha Smith)
Darren Price .... set third assistant director
Josh Robertson .... first assistant director
Nick Shuttleworth .... additional second assistant director
Hayley Williams .... second assistant director
Art Department
Peter Agbaba .... stagehand
Vince Bartlett .... props runaround (as Vince Bartlet)
Alan Briant .... prop storeman (as Alan D Briant)
Tanya Clark .... assistant art director
Mark Collisson .... construction manager
Hannastina Crick .... additional painter
Gary Davies .... stagehand
Ken Davy .... painter (as Ken Davey)
Jonathan Downing .... dressing props
Andrew Forrest .... stand-by props (as Andy Forrest)
Dave Hill .... carpenter
Richard Lloyd Jones .... dressing props
Rowanna Lacey .... art department assistant
Jo Littlejohn .... art department coordinator
Leon McCarthy .... stand-by carpenter
Richard Mills .... property master
Rebecca Neville .... stand-by props
Justin Overhill .... stand-by painter
Marko Pavlovic .... additional painter (as Marko Pavolic)
Gary Peed .... dressing props
Joseph Raynes .... additional painter
Tom Read .... stand-by art director
Don Santos .... dressing props
Terry Stinson .... dressing props
Andrew 'Monty' Wilson .... dressing props
Rhona Wilson .... production buyer
Sound Department
Georgina Adams .... trainee: FT2
Tom Barrow .... sound assistant
Chris Burdon .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Burgess .... foley walker (as Pete Burgess)
Paul Carr .... adr mixer
Andie Derrick .... foley walker (as Andi Derrick)
Robert Farr .... foley mixer
Tim Fraser .... sound recordist
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Loveday Harding .... sound maintenance
Zane Hayward .... sound effects editor
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
Nigel Stone .... supervising sound editor
John Warhurst .... sound editor
Denise Yarde .... additional boom operator
Doug Cooper .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Sally Clayton .... production supervisor: Digital Cinema at VTR
Mike Fraser .... consultant: Digital Cinema at VTR
Safiya Gili .... combustion artist: Digital Cinema at VTR (as Saffia Ravat)
Danny Pagan .... data coordinator: Digital Cinema at VTR
Tom Russell .... colourist: Digital Cinema at VTR
Rod Shelton .... producer: Digital Cinema at VTR
James Tillett .... film recording supervisor: Digital Cinema at VTR
Laurent Treherne .... data supervisor: Digital Cinema at VTR
Tom Russell .... digital intermediate colourist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucy Bristow .... second camera operator
Lee Eldred .... electrician
Avelino Fernandez .... electrician
Neil Flaherty .... trainee: FT2
John Hanks .... additional rigger
Simon Mein .... still photographer
Brian Miller .... generator operator
Les Mills .... additional rigger
Matthew Moffat .... gaffer
Andy Ormesher .... stand-by rigger
Dick Pope .... camera operator
James Scott .... second assistant camera
Gordon Segrove .... first assistant camera
Dan Shoring .... second assistant camera
Martin Smith .... best boy
Colin Strachan .... grip
Joe McGee .... practical electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rosalie Clayton .... casting assistant
Tamara Gillon .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Alford .... costume maker
Sue Bradbear .... seamstress (as Sue Bradbeer)
Sallyann Dicksee .... costume assistant (as Sally Ann Dicksee)
Julia Dollimore .... costume assistant
Charlotte Finlay .... costume supervisor
Sophie Finlay .... costume assistant
Andrew Fletcher .... costume assistant
Frank Gallacher .... costume assistant
Laura Grace .... wardrobe mistress
Jenny Hawkins .... costume assistant
Steve Hyams .... costume assistant
Gabriella Loria .... costume buyer
Helen Mattocks .... costume design assistant
Sara Meek .... costume assistant
Jane Petrie .... costume assistant
Gaetano Speranza .... assistant costume designer
Rachele Verrecchia .... costume assistant
Celia Yau .... stand-by costume assistant
Camille Benda .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gavin Buckley .... first assistant editor
Clive Noakes .... color grader
Steve Farman .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Neil Stenhouse .... rushes operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Ben Bevan .... vocal coordinator
Nick Bicât .... conductor
Helen Keen .... musician: bass flute
Fiesta Mei Ling .... music preparation
Gerry O'Riordan .... music engineer
Step Parikian .... music supervisor
Lucy Wakeford .... musician: harp
Rosemary Warren-Green .... musician: viola
Stacey Watton .... musician: double bass
Transportation Department
Glen Anderson .... driver: costume vehicle
Kevin Bennett .... driver: minibus
Luke Chisholm .... driver: camera/grips (as Luke Chisolm)
Dave Coker .... driver: props
Martyn Giles .... unit driver
John McMeekin .... driver: construction department
Mark Williams .... unit driver
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Alison Brister .... liaison: Ingenious Films
Claire Broughton .... assistant to producer
Danny Brown .... facilities captain
Judith Chan .... liaison: Ingenious Films
Dom Channing-Williams .... production runner (as Dominic Channing Williams)
Terry Charman .... advisor: world war II
Graham Easton .... completion bond: Film Finance Ltd.
Mandy Edwards .... location assistant
Jonathan Evans .... advisor: medical history
Will Evans .... liaison: The UK Film Council
Jeffrey Gordon .... advisor: legal history
Vince Holden .... liaison: The UK Film Council
John Jaggon .... liaison: Ingenious Films
Paula Jalfon .... liaison: Ingenious Films
Ali James .... location scout
Francesca Jaynes .... choreographer
Victoria King .... solicitor: Richards Butler
Rowan Laidlaw .... additional runner
Neil Lee .... location manager
David Lewisohn .... solicitor: Richards Butler
Clive Loveless .... advisor: motor car
Andrew MacLean .... assistant accountant
Sarah McBryde .... production coordinator
Justin Miller .... assistant accountant
Fiona Morham .... liaison: The UK Film Council
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact
Brock Norman Brock .... liaison: The UK Film Council
Richard Philipps .... solicitor: Richards Butler
Jonathan Rutter .... publicist: McDonald & Rutter
Roger Sampson .... insurance: Aon/Albert G. Ruben
Alain Sarde .... presenter
Joy Scott .... additional runner
Ray Seal .... advisor: police history
Heather Storr .... script supervisor
Peter Touche .... liaison: Ingenious Films
Will Tyler .... production accountant
Doug Vale .... unit medic
Tamara Walsh .... trainee: FT2
Lucy Whitton .... researcher
Matthew Woolf .... location scout
Henry Woolley .... location manager
Richard Rowntree .... assistant: Steve Harrow (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for depiction of strong thematic material
125 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Czech Republic:15 | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Germany:12 (f) | Iceland:L | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:AL | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Zurich) | Taiwan:PG-12 | UK:12A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2005) | USA:R
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All actors were forbidden to even tell their family what they were doing, what the film was about during filming.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the dancing scene with Sid and his friends, the music played features blaring trumpets. However, at the same time it shows the band and the only ones playing are the saxophone and trombone players. The trumpet player is just tapping his toes here. Also, the music would have to be played by a large band, not a group of a couple musicians due to the harmonies heard.See more »
[first lines]
Vera:Hello George, only me. How are you going today?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) (TV)See more »
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149 out of 166 people found the following review useful.
Being kind, no matter how., 6 November 2004
Author: jotix100 from New York

The key for understanding the character of Vera Drake is "dear". Vera is one of the kindest souls one will ever see in pictures in a long, long time. Vera Drake is a woman who will go out of her way to be of use to anyone that needs her. In fact, one's initial reaction to Mrs. Drake's activities is one of complete disbelief.

Mike Leigh has created a film that, although not easy to sit through, is one of the finest movies that have come out of the English cinema in a long time. This director keeps getting better with every new film. The subject of the film is something that has been at the heart of the recent elections in the USA. With the new climate in this country it's easy to see that situations like the ones we see in the story, could well be the norm here in a not too distant future.

The main, and perhaps the only, reason for watching this extraordinary film is the portrayal of Vera by that wonderful actress, Imelda Staunton. Her Vera is an example a person who can't say no to anyone in need. There is a scene when Vera is first confronted by the police during a dinner at her house where we see her face as charges are hurled at her, then little by little, Ms. Staunton breaks down in what is one of the great moments in acting by any actress in living memory. One can see her eyes fill with tears because it suddenly dawns on Vera the immensity of what she has done.

The action takes place in 1950 in a London still ravaged by the effect of WWII. The film recreates the era with great details. Vera's flat is so tiny, one wonders how can four grown up people live in such cramped quarters. Even though they are poor, the Drake household is happy, as they all live together without apparently getting on each other's nerves. Both children, Ethel and Sid are well behaved; they both love their parents. Stan and Vera love one another in a subdued, but caring way. Is it possible that Vera could be the monster she is accused of being?

The film also makes a point of the contrast between the humble way in which the Drakes live and the rich houses where Vera goes to work every day. Vera's home is tiny and the others are so well appointed, it is only natural to assume that Vera will bear a resentment toward her employers, but on the contrary, she is a dignified woman who makes do with her meager wages.

There is also the irony about how Susan Wells, the daughter of one of Vera's employers, goes through the same thing that the other girls that Vera "helps", and everything is done in a civilized way. Mr. Leigh shows us in this case how things are different because Susan is able to buy a solution to her problem and deal with it safely.

The ensemble cast is marvelous. Imelda Staunton dominates the movie. We can't take our eyes away from the dowdy and plain woman we see on the screen. Phil Davis as Stan, Vera's husband, is excellent. Alex Kelly plays the mousy daughter Ethel, who never utters a word; this actress makes her real. Daniel Mays is Sid, the son who can't understand what his mother has done. Eddie Marsan as Reg, makes his character believable.

The film is a triumph for Mike Leigh.

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