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Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) Poster

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The make and model of the real life car that Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt drove with the special hand controls, was a 1936 Ford Phaeton, and it is on display at the "FDR Presidential Library & Museum" in Hyde Park, New York State, USA.
The third major theatrical feature film in just a few years to feature King George VI (aka "Bertie") as a character. The movies are: The King's Speech (2010), where he is played by Colin Firth; W.E. (2011), where the King is played by Laurence Fox; and Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), where Bertie is played by Samuel West.
The gag about the antique anti-U.K. political cartoons is based on truth. These historic cartoons are located in the foyer of Franklin D. Roosevelt's home, King George VI viewed them them upon arriving in the foyer, and made a brief humorous remark to FDR about the cartoons.
On 11th June 1939, the New York Times printed the menus for all of the meals served to the British royals during their visit to Hyde Park. As depicted in this movie, the picnic menu was as follows: Hot dogs, if weather permits; beer and soft drinks; cold ham from various states; turkey, smoked and plain; various salads; doughnuts; ginger bread cookies; coffee; and baked beans & brown bread.
The entire film was shot in England.
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Screenwriter Richard Nelson was inspired to write the screenplay when he chanced upon some posthumously published letters and diaries from Daisy Suckley. Nelson had even met Suckley in 1991, just before her death.
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Even though it is a well known historical fact that both FDR and Bertie were heavy smokers, the film makers had to get official permission to show the characters smoking on screen.
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Final film of actress Elizabeth Wilson who portrayed Mrs. Roosevelt [Sara Delano Roosevelt aka Sarah Roosevelt].
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Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) shows Daisy (Laura Linney) a stamp of Victoria Falls in what was at the time Southern Rhodesia now on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. He tells her they are the highest waterfalls in the world. They are the largest waterfalls, but not the tallest. The tallest are Angel Falls in Venezuela.
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Bill Murray was already familiar with the difficulties of living with polio as his sister had suffered from the disease as a child.
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The picture reunited actors Bill Murrayand Olivia Williams who both previously had appeared in Rushmore (1998) which had been made and released around fourteen years earlier.
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Democrat president Franklin D. Roosevelt biographer Geoffrey Ward has said of this film: "It is true that [FDR and Margaret Suckley aka Daisy] drove to a hilltop that they loved at some point in 1935, and that something happened on that hilltop. I think he kissed her, which meant a great deal to both of them. And it started a long, first flirtatious and then very fond friendship. But what happened in the film did not happen."
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Securing the services of Bill Murray took approximately a year, a notoriously difficult feat as Murray is very secretive about giving out his cell number.
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"Hyde Park on Hudson", not surprisingly, is located alongside the Hudson River, which is located in Dutchess County in New York State, USA and is situated about ninety miles north of New York City in the same American state.
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This project was always intended for director Roger Michell but when he became unavailable, it was retooled as a radio play. The film version was back in play when Michell became available again.
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Laura Linney also previously played women who were intimate with American commander-in-chief U.S. Presidents, both real and fictional: as President Bill Mitchell (Kevin Kline)'s mistress in Dave (1993) and Abigail Adams in the HBO miniseries John Adams (2008).
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Conrad Black, author of the book "Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom", said of this film that it took "large . . . sometimes scurrilous, liberties with historical facts." Specifically, Wikipedia states he said "the movie erred in its depiction both of Roosevelt's relationship with women and of Eleanor Roosevelt's sexuality."
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Director Roger Michell met with actress Laura Linney on the set of her acclaimed TV series, The Big C (2010) to discuss her taking the lead female role of Daisy in this film.
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"Hyde Park" in New York State, USA was settled during the 18th Century.
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Hyde Park's main movie theater is the "Hyde Park Roosevelt Cinemas" and its high-school is the "Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School" which are both named after the town's most famous native son, the late former four-term Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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Four-term elected Democratic American President Franklin D. Roosevelt was born at the family estate in "Hyde Park on Hudson" in 1882.
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Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, converted the Val-Kill Cottage into a factory named Val-Kill Industries. This building forms part of the Roosevelt Estate, and is known as Hyde Park on Hudson, but is located away from the main house, the latter which was built in 1826 and is known as "Springwood". Artists and artisans educated and trained people to produce handicrafts. Franklin D. Roosevelt was impressed by the initiative and furthered the concept in his federal stimulus programs. After the factory closed, Mrs. Roosevelt later moved into the cottage, which was furnished with items that had been made there.
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The homes of Eleanor Roosevelt, at "Val-Kill" and "Springwood", are both on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The Roosevelt Farm Lane Trail, a 3.6-mile round-trip hiking trail, connects Val-Kill and the "Springwood" house.
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The National Park Service operates "The Roosevelt Ride", named after the famous Democratic American President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a free shuttle bus ferrying visitors to and from an area train station in Hyde Park on Hudson. The Ride makes stops at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum; Val-Kill; Springwood; and FDR's hilltop retreat, "Top Cottage".
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Prior to the start of filming this 1930s set movie set in 1939, producer and director Roger Michell immersed himself in research at the "FDR Presidential Library & Museum" in Hyde Park, New York State, USA. Stars Bill Murray and Laura Linney and screenwriter Richard Nelson spent time there as well, and all toured all of the grounds and buildings of "Hyde Park on Hudson".
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It was on and around the front porch (aka "The Veranda") of "Top Cottage" at Hyde Park on Hudson that a picnic with King George VI and Amelia Boynton was held in June 1939. The menu included green salad, strawberry shortcake, and hot dogs.
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Actress Laura Linney has appeared in such filmed productions relating to American Politics as Dave (1993), John Adams (2008), Running Mates (2000), Absolute Power (1997), Man of the Year (2006), and Hyde Park on Hudson (2012).
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The film, about Democrat American President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was made and released during the presidency of Democrat American President Barack Obama, debuting during approximately half-way through Obama's two four year terms.
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Actress Laura Linney, who plays Daisy, would later co-star in another movie relating to the Hudson River, which was Clint Eastwood's Sully (2016) about the "Miracle on the Hudson", the safe crash-landing on the Hudson River by Captain Chesley Sullenberger which saved the lives of all the crew and passengers. Linney in this film play's Sully's wife, Lorraine Sullenberger aka Lorrie Sullenberger.
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Original archival newsreel footage seen in the film was taken from coverage filmed by Pathe Newsthe of the actual events of the 1939 Royal
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The real life "Daisy", Margaret Suckley, played in the film by Laura Linney, wrote or co-wrote the source story material for the shorts Fala at Hyde Park (1946) and Fala: The President's Dog (1943).
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Actor Bill Murray was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for portraying former Democrat president Franklin D. Roosevelt but Murray and the movie lost out to Hugh Jackman for _Les Misérables_ which was directed by Tom Hooper who recently had directed a film which had also featured King George VI as a character which was The King's Speech (2010).
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The film debuted in the same year as another movie about another former American president which was Steven Spielberg's Lincoln (2012).
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The film's closing epilogue reads: "FDR [aka Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt who is played by Bill Murray] eventually kept his promise and by 1942 Britain and the United States were fighting shoulder to shoulder. When Daisy [aka Margaret Suckley portrayed by Laura Linney] died in her hundredth year, a box of letters and diaries was found under the bed. Her special relationship with the president was, finally, no longer just their secret."
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At least three of the dramatic cinema movies about former four term Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt all feature geographical locations associated with FDR in their titles. See: Warm Springs (2005), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), and Sunrise at Campobello (1960). A documentary about Democrat President Roosevelt is actually entitled The Homes of FDR (1998).
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The nick-name of Margaret Suckley (Laura Linney) was "Daisy" whilst the nick-name of Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) was "FDR".
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Two of the film's major cast were first named "Olivia" - Olivia Colman played Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother whilst Olivia Williams portrayed Democrat First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
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The movie is not a remake of either Warm Springs (2005) nor Sunrise at Campobello (1960) which are the two other major dramatic feature length films about four term elected Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only ever American President of the United States of America to be re-elected three times, be elected four times, and serves across four presidential terms, though the last was cut short by his passing away in office.
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Star Bill Murray previously and most famously starred in Ghostbusters (1984), and its sequel Ghostbusters II (1989), where one of his Dr. Peter Venkman character paranormal investigator colleagues was portrayed by an actor who was last-named "Hudson". This was actor Ernie Hudson who played Winston Zeddmore.
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The nick-name of Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt was "FDR". Other later Democrat Presidents would also have three-letter acronym nicknames, such as John F. Kennedy - "JFK" and Lyndon Johnson - "LBJ". These two American Presidents were actually the next two Democrat Presidents of the United States of America after "Ike", the pair's presidencies following Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose nick-name also had three letters. He took office after Democrat Vice President Harry S. Truman's term, the latter who had become President when "FDR" passed-away.
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