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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

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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Storyline

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 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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

8 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La joven Victoria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,016,053 (United Kingdom), 8 March 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$160,069, 20 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,001,272

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,409,889
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Company Credits

Production Co:

GK Films See more »
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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Just before the credits roll, the following text appears: "Victoria remains the longest reigning British Sovereign. To date." Queen Victoria was the longest reigning British sovereign as well as the longest reigning female sovereign until 2015. Queen Elizabeth II now claims both titles. See more »

Goofs

In the coronation scene around the middle of the film, Queen Victoria is seated on the throne receiving homage and holding nothing in her hands. In the next shot, she is seated on St. Edward's Chair, holding two scepters. See more »

Quotes

Princess Victoria: Do you ever feel like a chess piece yourself? In a game being played against your will.
Prince Albert: Do you?
Princess Victoria: Constantly. I see them leaning in and moving me around the board.
Prince Albert: The Duchess and Sir John?
Princess Victoria: Not just them. Uncle Leopold. The king. I'm sure half the politicians are ready to seize hold of my skirts and drag me from square to square.
Prince Albert: Then you had better master the rules of the game until you play it better than they can.
Princess Victoria: You don't recommend I find a husband to play it for me?
Prince Albert: I should find one to ...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Version of Victoria the Great (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Walzer à la Paganini
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss)
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Victorian Rebel without a Cause, but a Crown
8 February 2010 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Emily Blunt would have stolen The Devil Wears Prada if not for the queen of screen, Meryl Streep. Here she competes with no one and does a nice job of carrying the film based on the early years of Queen Victoria. If you are rusty on your British sovereign history, she ruled from 1837-1901.

For 20 of these years, she was married to her true love, Prince Albert (played well by Rupert Friend). While the two meet as youngsters, the bond between them comes from their letters ... an early precursor to eHarmony?? We know Victoria mostly from royal portraits, so it's nice to see her as a rebellious youngster trying to learn the tricks of the trade, even while being manipulated like a pawn by her mother (Miranda Richardson) and her lover (Mark Strong). We get to see her tenacity blossom as she matures and literally grows into the monarchy.

While Ms. Blunt's performance is strong, Julian Fellowes' writing is not at the level of his previous work in Gosford Park. We do get some of the same power plays, but it is missing the nuances of that much better film.


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