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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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Her country. Her heart. Her majesty. See more »


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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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8 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$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

Costume designer Sandy Powell was able to inspect some of the real Queen Victoria's surviving clothes, which are housed at Kensington Palace. See more »

Goofs

While King William IV insulted the Duchess of Kent at Windsor, some facts as shown are wrong. In the film, the Duchess sat several feet away from the king, she left the room, and neither Victoria nor the guests reacted much. In real life, the Duchess sat next to the King, she did not leave the room, Victoria cried in reaction to the King's outburst, and the guests were aghast. See more »

Quotes

Sir John Conroy: [outraged] I cannot believe I'm being subjected to this interrogation.
Prince Albert: [sitting behind a desk, piled with papers] You're not being subjected to anything, Sir John. You have been in charge of the Duchess's finances for many years. Indeed, you have made public statements testifying to their health.
Sir John Conroy: I have!
Duchess of Kent: And I am so grateful.
Prince Albert: All I am asking is that you will be so good as to tell us exactly where the money has gone.
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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

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.56 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Schwanengesang (Swan Song): No. 4 Standchen (Serenade)
Written by Franz Schubert
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A great production
4 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

This film is about the life of Queen Victoria during her youth and her first few years as the monarch of Great Britain.

"The Young Victoria" has amazing production. Every scene is designed and decorated to immaculate detail. The extravagant costumes, lavish locations and beautifully landscaped gardens all make "The Young Victoria" very impressive. I was the most amazed by the thoughtful cinematography. How every person is placed in relation to the background or foreground is well thought out, every scene is well composed. The scene that strikes me the most was when Victoria talks to Melbourne. Melbourne was positioned in the middle of the door frame from Victoria's angle, while from Melbourne's angle Victoria was situated between the space where Melbourne held his arm on his hips.

Story wise, it is far too compressed to be followed and understood by a person without historical knowledge of Queen Victoria. Many events are rushed through or not even explained. I expected a grand scene of the coronation, and disappointingly it only lasted for a few seconds.

Overall, "The Young Victoria" is a good film, and it would have been even better if it was longer, so that events could be properly explained without rush.


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