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Mrs Brown (1997)

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When Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. John Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.

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John Madden

Writer:

Jeremy Brock
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judi Dench ... Queen Victoria
Billy Connolly ... John Brown
Geoffrey Palmer ... Henry Ponsonby
Antony Sher ... Disraeli
Gerard Butler ... Archie Brown
Richard Pasco ... Doctor Jenner
David Westhead ... Bertie, Prince of Wales
Bridget McConnell Bridget McConnell ... Lady Ely
Georgie Glen ... Lady Churchill
Catherine O'Donnell Catherine O'Donnell ... Lady-in-Waiting
Sara Stewart ... Princess Alexandra
Finty Williams ... Princess Helena
Claire Nicolson Claire Nicolson ... Princess Louise
Hattie Ladbury Hattie Ladbury ... Princess Alice
Oliver Kent Oliver Kent ... Prince Alfred
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Storyline

Queen Victoria (Dame Judi Dench) is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Mr. John Brown (Sir Billy Connolly), who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but that relationship creates scandalous situation and is likely to lead to monarchy crisis.

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Queen Victoria, the world's most powerful woman. John Brown, a simple Scottish Highlander. Their extraordinary friendship transformed an empire.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for a beating, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mrs Brown See more »

Filming Locations:

Perth and Kinross, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,268, 20 July 1997

Gross USA:

$9,229,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,229,808
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Geoffrey Palmer played opposite Dame Judi Dench as he did for years in As Time Goes By (1992), and again in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). See more »

Goofs

When Victoria first receives Mr. Brown, she is shown writing in her left hand. While Victoria is presumed to have been naturally left-handed (she painted in her left hand), she definitely wrote in her right hand, a forced conversion that was commonplace well into the 20th century. To compound this error, Victoria is later shown crocheting using her right hand, something she would almost certainly have done left-handed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Brown: God save the Queen!
[shoots into the dark]
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Connections

Version of The Young Victoria (2009) See more »

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Film Portrays the Private Life of Queen Victoria and Mr. Brown
3 April 2000 | by savanna-2See all my reviews

Superb and thoroughly convincing portrayals by all, but especially Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Billy Connolly as John Brown. Brown is dogged in his devotion to the Queen.

While she is appreciative of and at a point demands that he remains with her, he is a very unpopular choice with her children, advisors, prime minister(s), etc.

Even through ridicule and other hardships Brown remains ever vigilant. A haunting film, that is well worth more then one viewing.

The attention to detail will please even the most demanding viewer.


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