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After the death of Princess Diana, HM Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

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Janvrin's Secretary
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Balmoral Maid
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Head Ghillie
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Queen's Dresser
John McGlynn ...
Balmoral Head Ghillie
Gray O'Brien ...
Charles' Valet
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Balmoral Switchboard Operator
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Diana the 'People's Princess' has died in a car accident in Paris. The Queen and her family decide that for the best, they should remain hidden behind the closed doors of Balmoral Castle. The heartbroken public do not understand and request that the Queen comforts her people. This also puts pressure on newly elected Tony Blair, who constantly tries to convince the monarchy to address the public. Written by Film_Fan

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Queen of a Nation. Queen of Hearts. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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15 September 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

La reina  »

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Budget:

£9,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$122,014 (USA) (29 September 2006)

Gross:

$56,437,947 (USA) (11 May 2007)
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The second time that Michael Sheen plays Tony Blair. He previously played him in The Deal (2003) and would play him for a third time in The Special Relationship (2010). See more »

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The Queen Mother was shown as living at Balmoral Castle with the Queen when in fact she lived some miles away at Birkhall when on Royal Deeside. This house is now owned by the Prince of Wales. See more »

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Reporter: After weeks of campaigning on the road, Tony Blair and his family finally strolled the few hundred yards to the polling station this election day morning. Amongst the Labour faithful up and down the country, there is an enormous sense of pride in Mr. Blair's achievements, and the confidence that he is about to become the youngest prime minister this century.
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Music by Giuseppe Verdi (as Verdi)
Performed by Lynne Dawson and BBC Singers (as The BBC Singers)
Licensed Courtesy of BBC Worldwide
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Pointed and Impartial. Mirren is superb.
27 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

On the 1st of September 1997, the world saw tragedy. In the turmoil that followed, Princess Diana's death was blamed on the Media, the driver, and an entire array of others, before the upset and ill-meant malaise of the public was turned sneeringly to the Royal Family. In this film, we get a glimpse of what life was like inside Buckingham Palace, and whether The Queen (played here by Helen Mirren) was being cold and uncaring, or, if she was the one who was suffering most of all.

Director Stephen Frears recreates one week in 1997 with intelligent, deft strokes. The presentation of Princess Diana is artfully done in news snippets and archive footage, which brilliantly demonstrates the high impact her being had on people. The design of The Queen's home and her surroundings are convincing without being overly showy, and the Alexandre Desplat score is by turns dark, sad, and grand, perfectly summarizing the mindset of those involved.

But the film belongs to Helen Mirren, who takes on of her most challenging roles and showing us that behind the Queen lay a person, and one with feelings. In her role as the reigning lady, she is the epitome of suppressed disappointment and hurt. The Queen chose not to make a parade of her feelings in response to Diana's death, and, though the nation hated her for it, we learn here that it is not because she did not care, but because she honestly thought it the right thing to do.

As a young and newly elected Tony Blair with big aspirations and an even bigger grin, Michael Sheen is freakishly good as the Prime Minister. His performance shows a likable side of the prime minister in his refusal to side with the public over the denouncement of The Queen for her actions, and his attempts to make The Queen limit the damage that she has made is the basis for a very insightful story.

Other delights in this film come in some high-brow one-liners and some other good performances, but the best thing about it is how it manages to make you think, and even empathise with a group of people that you never saw yourself giving a toss about. At under 100 minutes, The Queen is funny, pointed and highly intelligent, showing that, as always, there are two sides to every story.


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