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The Queen (2006)

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After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

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Stephen Frears

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Peter Morgan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... The Queen
James Cromwell ... Prince Philip
Alex Jennings ... Prince Charles
Roger Allam ... Robin Janvrin
Sylvia Syms ... Queen Mother
Tim McMullan Tim McMullan ... Stephen Lamport
Robin Soans ... Equerry
Lola Peploe Lola Peploe ... Janvrin's Secretary
Douglas Reith ... Lord Airlie
Joyce Henderson Joyce Henderson ... Balmoral Maid
Pat Laffan ... Head Ghillie
Amanda Hadingue Amanda Hadingue ... Queen's Dresser
John McGlynn ... Balmoral Head Ghillie
Gray O'Brien ... Charles' Valet
Dolina MacLennan Dolina MacLennan ... Balmoral Switchboard Operator
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Storyline

Diana the 'People's Princess' has died in a car accident in Paris. The Queen and her family decide that for the best, they should remain hidden behind the closed doors of Balmoral Castle. The heartbroken public do not understand and request that the Queen comforts her people. This also puts pressure on newly elected Tony Blair, who constantly tries to convince the monarchy to address the public. Written by Film_Fan

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Tradition Prepared Her. Change Will Define Her. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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UK | USA | France | Italy

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

17 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La reina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£9,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£856,273 (United Kingdom), 17 September 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$122,014, 1 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$56,441,711

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,384,128
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When she was interviewing people who knew the Queen personally, Helen Mirren discovered that the Queen suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder. It was her idea to show the Queen putting pens in order on the table while talking to Tony Blair on speaker phone at Balmoral. Director Stephen Frears was not convinced at first, but thought it worked quite well with the finished film. See more »

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When Diana's coffin arrives at RAF Brize Norton, a Marconi S511 radar is visible in the background. RAF Brize Norton employs a (rival) Plessey Watchman radar. A more likely location for filming is Southend Airport, UK. See more »

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Reporter: After weeks of campaigning on the road, Tony Blair and his family finally strolled the few hundred yards to the polling station this election day morning. Amongst the Labour faithful up and down the country, there is an enormous sense of pride in Mr. Blair's achievements, and the confidence that he is about to become the youngest prime minister this century.
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Helen Mirren Creates Another Triumph!
25 October 2006 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

THE QUEEN seems like one of those biographical features that would be difficult to hold anyone's interest - on the surface, without the benefit of knowing much about the content. Queen Elizabeth II is not exactly a figure who generates anything but a response of boredom, so flat and uninteresting is her persona. But enter Helen Mirren, one of the finest actresses on the screen today, and this potentially boring potentate becomes a vibrantly detailed and fascinating portrait of a queen at odds with the times. It is a staggering achievement.

Director Stephen Frears, using a superb script by Peter Morgan, details the time from the election of Labor Party Prime Minister Tony Blair (a brilliant Michael Sheen) to that momentous international outpouring of grief and love that followed the tragic death of Princess Di in 1997, showing the bifurcation of response between the Royals and the People as represented by Blair. Instead of the insensitive cold figure that the world witnessed as QE II, Mirren shows us that the woman who is Queen actually had feelings for her grandchildren, a respect for her station as royalty, and was gradually responsive to the cry of the people via Blair's influence, allowing the world to pay proper tribute to a heroine. The ogres in the Balmoral Castle were in fact Prince Phillip (James Cromwell) and the Queen Mum (Sylvia Syms) abetted by the very proper Robin Janvrin (Roger Allam) and the wishy washy Prince Charles (Alex Jennings).

The entire production is beautifully filmed with the use of clips from Princess Di's life (and death) instead of creating an actress role to portray her - a very wise choice. The musical score by Alexandre Desplat is superb (with a little help from Verdi's 'Libera Me' as sung by Lynn Dawson and the BBC chorus for the funeral portion). But indeed the accolades go to Helen Mirren in an Oscar worthy performance - with the very strong counterbalance by Michael Sheen. An excellent film about a moment no one will ever forget. Grady Harp


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