An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.
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Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment.
Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman,
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The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.
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
Helen Mirren, who played 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 »
Several people in the film repeatedly refer to the practice of flying a flag at "half-mast" to honor someone recently deceased, in this case at Buckingham Palace. Although in the US the term used is "half-staff", in the UK it is correct to say "half-mast", whether the half-mast flag in question is on land or sea, according to the Flag Institute. See more »
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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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) See more »
I saw her Elizabeth I not so long ago and I was bowled over by her fearlessness, I was moved, transported, amused. Now, Elizabeth II, the living Queen. Helen Mirren accomplishes the impossible. She lets us know the Queen, her Queen, without passing judgment. Just being her. I found myself understanding her dilemma in human terms. Something that she had done so brilliantly with Elizabeth I, she humanized her or rather she allows us to find the human creature behind the iconic façade. The difficulty of not falling into a caricature or a simple impersonation may have seemed insurmountable but here she is. Perfect, real, extraordinary. Long Live Helen Mirren!
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