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Mrs Brown (1997)

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

Director:

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 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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Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, 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. Written by Anonymous

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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,217,930, 22 March 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,300,000, 21 December 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is one of two films in consecutive years in which Judi Dench plays an historic English Queen. She played Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love (1998) . The same actresses who play the Ladies in Waiting to the Queen were in both films. See more »

Goofs

A windsurfer is visible in the background when the brothers are drying after their swim, just to the left of Archie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Brown: God save the Queen!
[shoots into the dark]
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Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1997 (1998) See more »

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A Strong Period Drama and Another Brilliant Characterization by Judi Dench
31 January 2006 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

MRS. BROWN as written by Jeremy Brock and directed by John Madden (Proof, Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli's Mandolin) is a sprightly, entertaining and engrossing study of a moment in the life of enigmatic Queen Victoria. Selecting an outstanding production crew and a fine cast this film succeeds on every level and once again proves to us that Judi Dench is one of the finest actresses on the stage or screen today.

The story revolves around the time when Queen Victoria's beloved husband Prince Albert dies resulting in a clinical depression in the queen. She leaves London with her entourage to grieve at Balmoral Castle. There her Scottish Highlander servant John Brown (Billy Connolly) nurses her back to normalcy but in the meanwhile sets up the appearance of an affair that scandalized the British Isles. Disraeli (Antony Sher) visits in an attempt to right the situation but it is Brown's strong personality - an equal match for the wise and wily Victoria - that alters the course of events that returns Queen Victoria to her proper station.

Dench and Connolly play so well off each other that their relationship has a wealth of charm, tenderness, bite, wit, and solidity. The supporting cast includes a fine turn by Gerard Butler as Archie Brown, John's supportive and playful brother. The costumes are superb and the cinematography by Richard Greatrex captures the atmosphere of the cloying indoor spaces as well as the freedom of the vast coastline vistas. Stephen Warbeck is responsible for the well-integrated musical score. Highly recommended. Grady Harp


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