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The Young Victoria (2009)

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A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

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Dominated by her possessive mother and her bullying consort, Conroy, since childhood, teen-aged Victoria refuses to allow them the power of acting as her regent in the last days of her uncle, William IV's rule. Her German cousin Albert is encouraged to court her for solely political motives but, following her accession at age eighteen, finds he is falling for her and is dismayed at her reliance on trusty Prime Minister Melbourne. Victoria is impressed by Albert's philanthropy which is akin to her own desire to help her subjects. However her loyalty to Melbourne, perceived as a self-seeker, almost causes a constitutional crisis and it is Albert who helps restore her self-confidence. She proposes and they marry, Albert proving himself not only a devoted spouse, prepared to take an assassin's bullet for her, but an agent of much-needed reform, finally endorsed by an admiring Melbourne. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Rated PG for some mild sensuality, a scene of violence, and brief incidental language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

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Box Office

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,016,053 (United Kingdom), 8 March 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$160,069, 20 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,001,272

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,409,889
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Trivia

The very tall green bed cost £25,000 to build. The Duke and Duchess of Rutland, owners of Belvoir Castle, purchased it after filming. See more »

Goofs

When Albert and Victoria have their first waltz, they slow down and stop at one point before resuming. The other dancers continue while this is happening. In reality, royal protocol would dictate that the other dancers stop whenever the queen stopped dancing. See more »

Quotes

Queen Victoria: I will not have my role usurped! I wear the crown! And if there are mistakes they will be my mistakes, and no one else will make them! No one, not even you!
Prince Albert: I am leaving before you excite yourself and harm the child.
Queen Victoria: You will go when I dismiss you. I am your queen, and I am telling you to stay!
Prince Albert: Good night, Victoria.
[exits]
Queen Victoria: [storms over to door] You may not go! You may not go! I order you to stay here in this room! Albert!
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Crazy Credits

In the on-screen credits, Heidi Miller and Georgiana Sayer are each listed twice as Costume Assistant. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.82 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Only You (love theme from The Young Victoria)
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
Written by Ilan Eshkeri, Scott Shields, Nikki Anders and Pam Sheyne
Produced by Stephen McLaughlin (as Steve McLaughlin), Maureen Crowe and Scott Shields
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Victorian Rebel without a Cause, but a Crown

Greetings again from the darkness. Emily Blunt would have stolen The Devil Wears Prada if not for the queen of screen, Meryl Streep. Here she competes with no one and does a nice job of carrying the film based on the early years of Queen Victoria. If you are rusty on your British sovereign history, she ruled from 1837-1901.

For 20 of these years, she was married to her true love, Prince Albert (played well by Rupert Friend). While the two meet as youngsters, the bond between them comes from their letters ... an early precursor to eHarmony?? We know Victoria mostly from royal portraits, so it's nice to see her as a rebellious youngster trying to learn the tricks of the trade, even while being manipulated like a pawn by her mother (Miranda Richardson) and her lover (Mark Strong). We get to see her tenacity blossom as she matures and literally grows into the monarchy.

While Ms. Blunt's performance is strong, Julian Fellowes' writing is not at the level of his previous work in Gosford Park. We do get some of the same power plays, but it is missing the nuances of that much better film.


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