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W.E. (2011)

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The affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson, and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wally Winthrop
... Wallis Simpson
... Edward
... Evgeni
... William Winthrop
... Ernest
... King George V
... Queen Mary
... Mohamed Al-Fayed
... Stanley Baldwin
... Elizabeth
... Bertie
... Lord Brownlow
... Lady Thelma
... Tenten
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Storyline

In 1998, an auction of the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor causes great excitement. For one woman, Wally Winthrop, it has much more meaning. Wally becomes obsessed by their historic love story. As she learns more about the sacrifices involved, Wally gains her own courage to find happiness. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some domestic violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El romance del siglo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,074, 5 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$583,455

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,042,203
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In "W.E." Wallis is shown horse(back)-riding with the Duke: she could ride but there's no record of her doing so while she was in the U.K.. See more »

Goofs

When Evgeni leaves to go find Wally, it is nighttime, but when he finds her, there is daylight coming through the windows of her room. See more »

Quotes

Edward: How do you find living in England Mrs Simpson?
Wallis Simpson: I'm always cold.
Edward: Maybe you need someone to keep you warm?
Wallis Simpson: Isn't that what husbands are for?
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Connections

Featured in Great Movie Mistakes IV (2012) See more »

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Pretty Vacant
Words and Music by Paul Cook (as Paul Thomas Cook), Steve Jones (as Stephen Philip Jones), Glen Matlock and John Lydon
Performed by The Sex Pistols
© 1977 Three Shadows Music (ASCAP)/ Warner Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI)/ Universal Music - Careers (BMI) Three Shadows Music administered by BMG Ruby Songs for the United States and Canada (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved Used by permission
© Warner/Chappell Music Ltd (PRS), Rotten Music Ltd (PRS) and Universal Music Publishing Limited (GB) (PRS) All Rights on behalf of itself and Rotten Music Ltd administered by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd All Rights Reserved
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd courtesy of Warner Bros Records by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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W.E. surprises in all the best ways
13 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

I am not exactly sure what I expected from Madonna's latest film as a director, but I convinced myself to go into it with an open mind. I ended up being impressed in every way. Madonna has a great vision. The film is visually stunning, and the performances are all convincing and powerful, though never over-the-top as might have been expected. Madonna has put together a great screenplay with just the right emotional highlights, and then she executes the overall picture in the best way possible. On the heels of the success of "The King's Speech," I think people will really love getting to see see the other side of the story. I truly hope people give this movie a chance. It is a diamond in the rough.


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