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The Queen (2006)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 17 November 2006 (USA)
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After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

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Equerry
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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
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Charles' Valet
Dolina MacLennan ...
Balmoral Switchboard Operator
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Storyline

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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Tradition Prepared Her. Change Will Define Her. 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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17 November 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

£9,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£856,273 (UK) (15 September 2006)

Gross:

$56,437,947 (USA) (11 May 2007)
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Trivia

Helen Mirren, who plays the Queen, is of Russian ancestry. Both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are connected to Russian royalty: Tsarina Maria Feodorvna, wife of Tsar Alexander III and mother of the last Tsar Nicholas II, was the elder sister of the Queen's great-grandmother Queen Alexandra and King George I of Greece, grandfather of Prince Philipp. Furthermore, he is also the great-great grandson of Nicholas I of Russia and his maternal grandmother was the eldest sister of Alexandra Romanov, the last Tsarina of Russia, who in turn is a first cousin twice-removed of Queen Elizabeth. See more »

Goofs

When the Queen gets in the green jeep with Charles to go stalking (the stag) she loads up 2 black Labrador retrievers. When she stops the vehicle and says she'd rather walk back, she opens the door of the vehicle to take the dogs with her, and 3 black Labradors get out. 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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Referenced in The Kevin Bishop Show: Episode #2.1 (2009) See more »

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Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel
Written by Freddie Perren (as Perren) and Kenneth St. Lewis (as St Lewis)
Performed by Worlds Apart
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
(p) 1993 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited
Licensed courtesy of Sony BMG Commercial Markets (UK)
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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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