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Miss Potter (2006)

PG | | Biography, Drama | 9 March 2007 (USA)
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The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness, and success.

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Chris Noonan
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Zellweger ... Beatrix Potter
Ewan McGregor ... Norman Warne
Emily Watson ... Millie Warne
Barbara Flynn ... Helen Potter
Bill Paterson ... Rupert Potter
Matyelok Gibbs Matyelok Gibbs ... Miss Wiggin
Lloyd Owen ... William Heelis
Anton Lesser ... Harold Warne
David Bamber ... Fruing Warne
Phyllida Law ... Mrs. Warne
Patricia Kerrigan Patricia Kerrigan ... Fiona
Lucy Boynton ... Young Beatrix
Oliver Jenkins Oliver Jenkins ... Young Bertram
Justin McDonald ... Young Heelis
Judith Barker Judith Barker ... Hilda
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Storyline

In 1902, in London, spinster Beatrix Potter (Renée Zellweger) lives with her bourgeois parents. Her snobbish mother, Helen Potter (Barbara Flynn), had introduced several bachelors to Beatrix until she was twenty-years-old, but she had turned them all down. Beatrix Potter has been drawing animals and making up stories about them since she was a child, but her parents have never recognized her as an artist. One day, Miss Potter offers her stories to a print house, and a rookie publisher, Norman Warne (Ewan McGregor), who is delighted with her tales, publishes her first children's book. This success leads Norman to publish two other books, and Miss Potter meanwhile becomes the best friend of his single sister Millie Warne (Emily Watson). Soon Beatrix and Norman fall in love with each other, but Helen does not accept that her daughter would marry a "trader". However, Beatrix's father Rupert Potter (Bill Paterson) proposes that his daughter spend the summer with his wife and him in their ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The life of Beatrix Potter is the most enchanting tale of all. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA | Isle Of Man

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beatrix Potter - taiteilijaelämää See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,653, 31 December 2006

Gross USA:

$3,005,605

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,078,241
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor appeared in Down with Love (2003), in which they also played each other's love interests. See more »

Goofs

In the railway station scene filmed on the Bluebell Railway, the LNWR on the tank locomotive has been very visibly altered from LWSR. The N stuck over the W is a really bodged job for such a close up shot. See more »

Quotes

Beatrix Potter: Stories don't always end where their authors intended. But there is joy in following them, wherever they take us.
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Soundtracks

Let Me Teach You How to Dance
Music by Nigel Westlake
Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.
Performed by Ewan McGregor
Another Name Music (ASCAP)
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A Perfect film for the Oldest of Curmudgeon's
11 January 2007 | by simonapseySee all my reviews

If like me you are an old curmudgeon, who often makes Scrooge seem like Mother Theresa, then I strongly suggest you go watch this beautiful enchanting film on the life of Beatrix Potter.

It is extremely rare in these days of overblown special effects and "Written by Number Scripts" to come across a film that has intelligence, innocence, excellent acting, and beautiful music and cinematography.

I have seen other reviews that said Renee Zellwegger was wrong for the role of Potter, but I felt she had clearly understood the nature of the world in which Potter lived and the inner nature of a woman who had enormous talent, yet was determined to fight against the confinement's and mores of Victorian Society. There really was not one performance by any of the actors in the film that was out of place.

In these days when we educate our children with cynical reality shows, in which instant and short lived fame is more important that working hard to achieve your dreams, "Miss Potter" took me back to my childhood of innocence and imagination where simple but beautiful stories created so much warmth and good feeling.

This is a film for all age's, and all people. Absolutely beautiful from start to finish


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