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

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Trivia

The floppy mesh bonnet Emily Blunt wears in the garden is the same one Rosamund Pike wears in Meryton when she learns Mr. Bingley has returned to Netherfield in Pride & Prejudice (2005), Catherine Walker wears in the garden with Catherine in Northanger Abbey (2007), and an extra wears at church in Becoming Jane (2007). See more »

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The closing titles say "Victoria and Albert reigned" for a number of years. Only Queen Victoria reigned; Albert did not have this job description, as the "Thank you for reminding me..." speech shows. No husband and wife ever reigned over England together except William III and Mary II in the late 17th century. See more »

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Sir Robert Peel: She starts on your watch, Lord Melbourne. Guard her well and keep her safe from harm.
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In the on-screen credits, Heidi Miller and George Sayer are each listed twice as Costume Assistant. See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.101 (2012) See more »

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Zadok the Priest, HWV 258
Written by George Frideric Handel
Performed by the Royal Academy Consort
Courtesy of Naxos
by arrangement with Source/Q
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Emily Blunt Shines as Queen Victoria
11 May 2010 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Sometimes I'm glad that my grasp of English history is pathetically feeble. It makes movies like "The Young Victoria" much more suspenseful than they might otherwise be. I of course knew that Victoria reigned for a large part of the 19th century and that she died in 1901; I also knew that she was a renowned and powerful monarch. I didn't know much about her love life, and "The Young Victoria" filled that gap in my knowledge nicely.

Emily Blunt plays Victoria with a distinctly modern edge of feminism which may feel a bit anachronistic to picky historian purists but which also works. After all, women like Victoria WERE the feminists of their time, forced into making their mark in what was largely a man's world by a man's terms. I'm convinced that Blunt is one of the most promising of today's young actors. She has tremendous presence on screen; while she's on it, you don't want to look anywhere else. That presence is somewhat wasted in this movie, because her biggest competition comes not from any other actors but from the period sets and costumes. But she gives this rather light and inconsequential film some substance by virtue of simply being in it.

Rupert Friend plays Albert, the man Victoria eventually marries, while Paul Bettany plays her chief adviser and confidant, the man angling to get himself married to her for his own political gain. The cast of British regulars also includes Jim Broadbent, who gets crazier with every role he plays, Miranda Richardson, as Victoria's doormat of a mother, and, notable in a small role, Harriet Walter as Victoria's widowed aunt and the only person other than her eventual husband who gives her any advice that's worth a damn.

Grade: B+


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English | German

Release Date:

8 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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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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2.35 : 1
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