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Grace of Monaco (2014)

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The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.

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The greatest role Grace Kelly would ever play.


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14 May 2014 (France)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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HUF 4,922,500 (Hungary) (25 May 2014)
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Filming took place in 2012 and The Weinstein Company picked up distribution rights for the film at the European Film Market in 2013, with an aim for the film to be released during the holiday season the same year. Following editing disagreements the film was delayed to a theatrical US release in March 2014, before it was tentatively taken off schedule in order to be eligible as the opening film at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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Princess Grace remarks "Oh, but colonialism is so last century." This idiomatic expression ("that fashion is so last year") didn't arise until the last decade or so, and certainly wasn't used in the 1960's. See more »

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Chauffeur: Up here you can see the whole of Monaco, Mr. Hitchcock.
Hitchcock: Yes, I know.
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References The Birds (1963) See more »

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O mio babbino caro
from "Gianni Schicchi"
Written by Giacomo Puccini (as G. Puccini)/Giovacchino Forzano (as G. Forzano)
Performed by Maria Callas
The Philharmonia Orchestra (as Philharmonia Orchestra)/Tullio Serafin
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A lot of gloss and style, but not a lot of substance or grace
13 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite the negative reviews, this reviewer saw 'Grace of Monaco' because of its subject matter, Grace Kelly being one of the most naturally beautiful and full-of-depth-and-grace classic film stars, and because Nicole Kidman has given a lot of good performances in her career.

Unfortunately 'Grace of Monaco' disappointed heavily. There are some great biopics around ('Amadeus' and 'The Elephant Man' being prime examples') but also some naff ones. While not quite as poor as 'Diana' or 'William and Kate', films with much worse editing and feel far more like Lifetime projects, 'Grace of Monaco' is one of the naff ones if not entirely without honour.

The best thing about 'Grace of Monaco' is the production values, the sumptuous costumes, sets and scenery looking absolutely breath-taking often. The film is very nicely shot too, though it's not without its dizzying or pedestrian moments in the editing.

It is agreed that Nicole Kidman is miscast, which will be and has been a turn-off for most, being at least a decade too old, four inches too tall (Kelly was tall but not as much as Kidman who is one of the tallest actresses in Hollywood) and not as natural a beauty as evident in some stiff and plastic facial expressions. However, it is whether she gave a good enough performance despite the miscasting that matters, and Kidman actually gives a very committed performance, that's charismatic and deeply felt too. The other good performance is the gleefully enjoyable Hitchcock of Roger Ashton-Griffiths, who does try to bring needed urgency to the proceedings, the culminating banquet actually being the film's dramatic highlight.

However, Tim Roth is too archetypal and too much of a dork as Rainier, while Robert Lindsay plays his very roughly drawn character too broadly and Derek Jacobi and particularly Frank Langella are wasted. There are some odd accents going on as well, as well as a lack of chemistry, and the characters are bland or annoying stereotypes, some not feeling relevant to the story and are as plastic as Kidman's Botox.

Faring worst are the very empty and half-baked script that sounds like soap opera past its sell by date, an overwrought and over-bearing music score that is too reminiscent of a comedy or a heavy-handed drama and the direction which sees violent and frequently jarring shifts in tone that suggests that those responsible had no idea what the film was trying to be or what to focus on. The story tries to be careful not to offend, but ends up being dull, dramatically soggy and laughably ridiculous with an overlong running time that makes some of the story feel stretched.

Overall, hugely disappointing, looks good and Kidman's performance is committed but what gives a film weight, depth and staying power is lost in translation. 3/10 Bethany Cox


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