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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim McMullan ...
Robin Soans ...
Lola Peploe ...
Janvrin's Secretary
Joyce Henderson ...
Balmoral Maid
Head Ghillie
Amanda Hadingue ...
Queen's Dresser
Balmoral Head Ghillie
Gray O'Brien ...
Charles' Valet
Dolina MacLennan ...
Balmoral Switchboard Operator


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Lifetime of Tradition. A World of Change. See more »


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La reina  »

Box Office


£9,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£856,273 (UK) (15 September 2006)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joan Plowright was offered the chance to play The Queen Mother. See more »


While in the back of his car, Tony Blair takes a call on his mobile phone from the Lord Chamberlain. Blair's handset is a Nokia 6210 which was not released until 2001 (four years after the film was set). See more »


[first lines]
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 Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (2006) See more »


Libera me
(from "Requiem")
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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Helen The Great
10 September 2006 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

Let's start by saying that the film itself is a perfect reflection of the days we live in. A deep human drama with a tabloid sensibility. A tradition that's lasted over a thousand years shaken by a world who demands public spectacle. Humbleness or humiliation? Asks Queen Elizabeth to her Prime Minister. Talk Show audiences wouldn't know the difference and we are all, one way or another, talk show audiences. From Jerry Springer to Oprah Winfrey. How did it really feel like? We all want to know, we all want to see the sorrow, the confession or the denial on the catch of the day's face. Michael Sheen is a adorable, yes I think adorable is the right word, as Tony Blair, the labor link between the people and the monarchy. Helen McCrory as Mrs Blair is another standout. Just look at her walking backwards trying to to be true to royal protocol. I had to adjust to the fact that the Queen Mother was played by Sylvia Syms. Sylvia Syms! Queen Mom, a wonderful old battleship who's seen it all and fought her entire life for things to change so they could stay the same. It is however Helen Mirren, in a performance that could only be described as miraculous, that takes us body and soul through the painful ordeal of those seven days surrounding the death of Princess Diana, the "people's princess" a natural master in a world of tabloids and self humiliation disguised as humbleness. Helen Mirren gives us more than a glimpse into the hermetic heart of a living queen. Not a single false note, not a single cheap shot. A performance that is as poignant as it is entertaining. I was as besotted with Helen's Queen as her Labor Prime Minister was. I can't wait to meet her again.

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