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W.E. (2011)

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The affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson, and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.


Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
William Winthrop
King George V
Queen Mary
Mohamed Al-Fayed
Stanley Baldwin
Lord Brownlow
Lady Thelma


In 1998, an auction of the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor causes great excitement. For one woman, Wally Winthrop, it has much more meaning. Wally becomes obsessed by their historic love story. As she learns more about the sacrifices involved, Wally gains her own courage to find happiness. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some domestic violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El romance del siglo  »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,074, 5 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ewan McGregor, Vera Farmiga, David Parfitt, Nina Gold, and Margo Stilley all exited the film during various stages of the production. See more »


In the newsreel scene from 1936 showing the funeral procession of Edward's father the King, the voiceover announcer says that "King George the Third has died and the nation mourns". It should of course have been King George the Fifth. See more »


Wallis Simpson: Attractive, my dear, is a polite way of saying a woman's made the most of what she's got.
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Featured in The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2012) See more »


Love Love Alone Duke and Duchess Remix
Composed by Rufus Callender
Performed by Blind Bake
Remixed by Sam Music
Published by the Richmond Organization
Master courtesy of Goombay Life World Music, LLC
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W.E. surprises in all the best ways
13 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

I am not exactly sure what I expected from Madonna's latest film as a director, but I convinced myself to go into it with an open mind. I ended up being impressed in every way. Madonna has a great vision. The film is visually stunning, and the performances are all convincing and powerful, though never over-the-top as might have been expected. Madonna has put together a great screenplay with just the right emotional highlights, and then she executes the overall picture in the best way possible. On the heels of the success of "The King's Speech," I think people will really love getting to see see the other side of the story. I truly hope people give this movie a chance. It is a diamond in the rough.

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