Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?
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
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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 »
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 »
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!
I am leaving before you excite yourself and harm the child.
You will go when I dismiss you. I am your queen, and I am telling you to stay!
Good night, 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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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
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