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The Young Victoria (2009)

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A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

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Jean-Marc Vallée

Writer:

Julian Fellowes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Blunt ... Queen Victoria
Rupert Friend ... Prince Albert
Paul Bettany ... Lord Melbourne
Miranda Richardson ... Duchess of Kent
Jim Broadbent ... King William
Thomas Kretschmann ... King Leopold
Mark Strong ... Sir John Conroy
Jesper Christensen ... Baron Stockmar
Harriet Walter ... Queen Adelaide
Jeanette Hain ... Baroness Lehzen
Julian Glover ... Duke of Wellington
Michael Maloney ... Sir Robert Peel
Michiel Huisman ... Ernest
Genevieve O'Reilly ... Lady Flora Hastings
Rachael Stirling ... Duchess of Sutherland

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Dominated by her possessive mother and her bullying consort, Conroy, since childhood, teen-aged Victoria refuses to allow them the power of acting as her regent in the last days of her uncle William IV's rule. Her German cousin Albert is encouraged to court her for solely political motives, but, following her accession at age eighteen, finds he is falling for her and is dismayed at her reliance on trusty Prime Minister Melbourne. Victoria is impressed by Albert's philanthropy, which is akin to her own desire to help her subjects. However, her loyalty to Melbourne, perceived as a self-seeker, almost causes a constitutional crisis, and it is Albert who helps restore her self-confidence. She proposes and they marry, Albert proving himself not only a devoted spouse, prepared to take an assassin's bullet for her, but also an agent of much-needed reform, finally endorsed by an admiring Melbourne. Written by don @ minifie-1

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She was the queen of an empire, but her heart belonged to one man. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild sensuality, a scene of violence, and brief incidental language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This was Emily Blunt's first lead role. See more »

Goofs

Leopold I tells Stockmar "I am the youngest son of a penniless duke". Leopold's father, Francis, was the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and hardly penniless. He was also not the youngest son; Franz Maximilian Ludwig, who lived just 22 days, was born two years after Leopold. See more »

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[opening lines]
Princess Victoria: [voiceover] Some people are born more fortunate than others. Such was the case with me. But as a child I was convinced of quite the opposite. What little girl does not dream of growing up as a princess? But some palaces are not at all what you would think. Even a palace can be a prison. Mama never explained why she would have someone taste my food, why I couldn't attend school with other children or read popular books. When my father died, Mama and her advisor, Sir John Conroy, ...
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Crazy Credits

In the on-screen credits, Heidi Miller and George Sayer are each listed twice as Costume Assistant. See more »


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Serenade for Strings in E major
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorak)
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A great production
4 June 2009 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about the life of Queen Victoria during her youth and her first few years as the monarch of Great Britain.

"The Young Victoria" has amazing production. Every scene is designed and decorated to immaculate detail. The extravagant costumes, lavish locations and beautifully landscaped gardens all make "The Young Victoria" very impressive. I was the most amazed by the thoughtful cinematography. How every person is placed in relation to the background or foreground is well thought out, every scene is well composed. The scene that strikes me the most was when Victoria talks to Melbourne. Melbourne was positioned in the middle of the door frame from Victoria's angle, while from Melbourne's angle Victoria was situated between the space where Melbourne held his arm on his hips.

Story wise, it is far too compressed to be followed and understood by a person without historical knowledge of Queen Victoria. Many events are rushed through or not even explained. I expected a grand scene of the coronation, and disappointingly it only lasted for a few seconds.

Overall, "The Young Victoria" is a good film, and it would have been even better if it was longer, so that events could be properly explained without rush.


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Language:

English | German

Release Date:

8 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$260,591, 20 December 2009

Gross USA:

$11,001,272

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,196,409
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GK Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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