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Victoria & Abdul (2017)

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Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

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Bertie, Prince of Wales
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Mohammed
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Lord Salisbury
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Ahmed
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Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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6 October 2017 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$158,845, 24 September 2017, Limited Release

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$22,143,470, 12 December 2017
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Victoria's advisors threatened her with being declared insane. Although she was only 1 when her grandfather George III died, she was aware that he had been declared insane and his son (her uncle) ruled as Prince Regent for 9 years from 1811 to 1820. Therefore she knew that it was possible for her advisors to carry through on their threat. See more »

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At the first dinner, we can see the servers holding trays of soup standing behind the diners. Then the boy runs to the kitchen to announce they want the soup course. We see the waiters bringing trays of soup into the dining room then they cut to that same scene of the waiters standing behind the diners with the same trays of soup. See more »

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Dr. Reid: I did not do seven years at Edinburgh University to look at Indian dicks!
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Empty costume flick
12 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

For all the praise and glory this flick has received I must disagree!

Judi Dench is boorish as Victoria because it's just another Dench role she has perfected in previous movies. A strong willed hard nosed yet vulnerable woman. And Ali Fazal as Abdul comes across as more like a puppet than a person. The character development in both Victoria and Abdul is at a total loss.

I believe the other reviewers that speak so colorfully about this flick are overwhelmed by the magnificent production and photography and completely fail to see the thread bare script and transparent story line.

Four stars because it was pretty to watch.


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