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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.


John Madden


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





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


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site | PBS [United States] | See more »


UK | Ireland | USA



Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown See more »

Filming Locations:

Perth and Kinross, Scotland, UK See more »


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Judi Dench, the horse she rode in the film farted all the time. See more »


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


[first lines]
John Brown: God save the Queen!
[shoots into the dark]
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.72 (2009) See more »

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Love Does Not Conquer All
16 January 2000 | by BB-15See all my reviews

Some believe that marriage is too important a decision to be left in the hands of lovers. No where is this more clear than with love among royalty and it certainly was true 150 years ago. At that time the Queen of England, Victoria tragically becomes a widow. She is very lonely but eventually finds companionship. So begins Mrs. Brown, but sadly a new tragedy slowly unfolds because Victoria's companion is her servant, Mr. Brown. That he can never be anything else but her servant is understood but his heart takes much longer to learn.

Besides this powerful premise Mrs. Brown works because John Madden's direction and the editing keep things moving, with many beautiful images shown along the way. The acting by all the major characters is very good. Judi Dench is very subtle in showing many different moods. It is no surprise that she was nominated for a best actress Oscar.

A haunting musical score adds to the feeling of the film. It is an excellent accompaniment for what should have been a happy story of love which simply could never be. Mrs. Brown is not heavy handed with its message. It is a tale of the heart and in the end the center of the film is not the Mrs. but the Mr. Brown, for his patience, endurance and care.

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