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Vera Drake ()


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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.

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  • Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 40 wins & 40 nominations.
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Vera
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George
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Reg
Anna Keaveney ...
Nellie
Alex Kelly ...
Ethel
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Sid
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Stan
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Mrs. Wells
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Susan
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Mr. Wells
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David
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Mrs. Fowler
Sandra Voe ...
Vera's Mother
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Sid's Customer
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Frank
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Joyce
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Very Young Woman (as Sinéad Matthews)
Sid Mitchell ...
Very Young Man
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Ronny
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Kenny
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Lily
Tilly Vosburgh ...
Mother of Seven
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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
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Cynical Lady
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Cynical Lady
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Susan's Confidante
Joanna Griffiths ...
Peggy
Wendy Nottingham ...
Ivy
Nicky Henson ...
Private Doctor
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Psychiatrist
Angie Wallis ...
Nurse Willoughby
Judith Scott ...
Sister Beech
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Jamaican Girl
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Married Woman
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Jessie Barnes
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Pamela Barnes
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Mr. Walsh
Lucy Pleasance ...
Sister Coombes
Tracy O'Flaherty ...
Nurse
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Det. Inspector Webster
Martin Savage ...
Det. Sergeant Vickers
Helen Coker ...
WPC Best
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Police Constable
Robert Putt ...
Station Sergeant
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Station Constable
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Ruffian
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Mr. Lewis
Michael Gunn ...
Gaoler
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Magistrate
Paul Raffield ...
Magistrate's Clerk
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Judge
Philip Childs ...
Clerk
Jeffry Wickham ...
Prosecution Barrister
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Defence Barrister
Stephan Dunbar ...
Usher
Angela Curran ...
Prisoner
Jane Wood ...
Prisoner
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Prison Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hayley Angela Gilbert ...
Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
Daniel Hatkoff ...
Dancer (uncredited)
David House ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Police Officer (uncredited)
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Court Reporter (uncredited)
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Factory worker (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Sarah Strachan ...
Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
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Policeman in Court (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mike Leigh

Written by (WGA)

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Mike Leigh ... (written by)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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Andrew Dickson

Cinematography by

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Dick Pope ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jim Clark

Editorial Department

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Gavin Buckley ... first assistant editor
Clive Noakes ... color grader
Tom Russell ... colourist: Digital Cinema at VTR
Steve Farman ... negative cutter (uncredited)
Tom Russell ... digital intermediate colourist (uncredited)
Neil Stenhouse ... rushes operator (uncredited)

Casting By

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Nina Gold

Production Design by

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Eve Stewart

Art Direction by

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Andrew Grant
Ed Walsh

Set Decoration by

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John Bush

Costume Design by

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Jacqueline Durran

Makeup Department

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Christine Blundell ... hair designer / makeup designer
Charmaine Fuller ... makeup assistant
Julius Goosen ... makeup assistant
Nuria Mbomio ... crowd makeup/hair artist
Kerry Scourfield ... makeup artist
Lesa Warrener ... makeup artist
Julia Wilson ... makeup assistant

Production Management

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Danielle Brandon ... production manager
Steve Harrow ... post-production supervisor
Steve Mason ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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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

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Georgina Adams ... trainee: FT2
Tom Barrow ... sound assistant
Chris Burdon ... 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 ... 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

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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
Rod Shelton ... producer: Digital Cinema at VTR
James Tillett ... film recording supervisor: Digital Cinema at VTR
Laurent Treherne ... data supervisor: Digital Cinema at VTR

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Rosalie Clayton ... casting assistant
Tamara Gillon ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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
Andrew Fletcher ... costume assistant
Frank Gallacher ... costume assistant
Laura Grace ... wardrobe mistress
Jenny Hawkins ... costume assistant
Steve Hyams ... costume assistant
Sophie Lambe ... costume assistant (as Sophie Finlay)
Gabriella Loria ... costume buyer
Sara Meek ... costume assistant
Helen O'Donnell ... costume design assistant (as Helen Mattocks)
Jane Petrie ... costume assistant
Gaetano Speranza ... assistant costume designer
Rachele Verrecchia ... costume assistant
Celia Yau ... stand-by costume assistant
Camille Benda ... costume assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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Mandy Edwards ... location assistant
Ali James ... location scout
Neil Lee ... location manager
Matthew Woolf ... location scout
Henry Woolley ... location manager

Music Department

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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

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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

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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.
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
Francesca Jaynes ... choreographer
Victoria King ... solicitor: Richards Butler
Rowan Laidlaw ... additional runner
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
Richard Rowntree ... assistant: Steve Harrow (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Wife. Mother. Criminal. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Untitled Mike Leigh Project (United Kingdom)
  • El secreto de Vera Drake (Spain)
  • Vera Drejk (Serbia)
  • Dve tváre Very Drake (Slovakia)
  • El secreto de Vera Drake (Argentina)
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Runtime
  • 125 min
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Box Office

Budget $11,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP266,010, 09 Jan 2005

Did You Know?

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Trivia Except for Imelda Staunton, none of the actors knew the film was about abortion until their characters found out. See more »
Goofs Vera's sister-in-law Joyce says she wants a washing machine which costs "25 pounds." Until decimalization in 1971, most luxury goods, like washing machines and men's suits, were priced in guineas, not pounds (one guinea = one pound one shilling, or one pound five pence in decimal). Some stores, particularly those wishing to appeal to the middle class or aspiring to a degree of 'poshness', priced items in pounds. Throughout the 1960s most domestic items were priced in pounds, shillings, and pence. Services and professions continued to charge in guineas until much later. In the film, an abortion costs two guineas. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005). See more »
Soundtracks Calling All Workers See more »
Crazy Credits After the end credits it says: "In loving memory of my parents, a doctor and a midwife." See more »
Quotes Vera: I help girls out.
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