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A Royal Night Out (2015)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 4 December 2015 (USA)
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On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance.

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Julian Jarrold
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Gadon ... Elizabeth
Bel Powley ... Margaret
Emily Watson ... Queen
Rupert Everett ... King
Mark Hadfield ... Mickey
Jack Laskey ... Lieutenant Pryce
Jack Gordon ... Lieutenant Burridge
Tim Potter ... Duty Manager
Annabel Leventon Annabel Leventon ... Lady MacCloud
Geoffrey Streatfeild Geoffrey Streatfeild ... Jeffers
Jack Reynor ... Jack Hodges
Debra Penny ... Clippie
Ricky Champ ... Tough Soldier
Jack Brady ... Pub Landlord
Jessica Jay ... Girl at Trafalgar Square
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On VE Day in May 1945, as peace is declared across Europe and London is celebrating, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed to join the celebrations, against the Queen's wishes. The King, impressed by Elizabeth's pleading, asks her to report back on the people's feelings towards him and his midnight speech on the radio. Each girl, incognito, is chaperoned by a Royal Army officer with an itinerary to be back at Buckingham Palace by 1:00 a.m. Soon realizing the Queen's planned itinerary does not fulfill their expectations of fun and meeting the ordinary people, Margaret is the first to slip away from her escort, followed by Elizabeth. Both princesses are separated on two different buses and have their own night-long adventure. Margaret is befriended by a Royal Naval officer seeking to take advantage of what he believes is just an ordinary girl. Elizabeth meets and becomes acquainted with an airman who is AWOL (absent without leave). Margaret is led by her naval officer into a ... Written by Larry B.

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V-E Day, 1945. Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret escape the palace for...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief drug elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girls' Night Out See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,847, 6 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$197,973, 13 December 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bel Powley portrayed Daisy Millar on M.I.High (2007), who once had to impersonate Queen Elizabeth the Second during a telephone call. In this film, she portrays Queen Elizabeth's sister, Margaret. See more »

Goofs

Royal footmen didn't wear the gold and scarlet state coats during the war. On VE Day they would still have been wearing the blue battledress-type uniforms. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: Not a bloody word, alright?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits play over clips of stock-footage from the time-period, including a short clip of Winston Churchill giving a speech. See more »

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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) See more »

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American Patrol
Written by F.W. Meacham (uncredited)
Performed by Paul Englishby
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A jolly jape....what fun
16 May 2015 | by Figgy66-915-598470See all my reviews

16 May 2015 Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight - A Royal Night Out. On 8 May 1945 all of Britain was celebration Victory in Europe and behind the doors of Buckingham Palace two daughters were asking their parents if they might be allowed to join in. The two daughters were Princess Elizabeth, heir to the Throne and her sister Princess Margaret. This store is rumoured to be based partly on fact and I would very much like to have heard it was all true. With Rupert Everett starring as King George and Emily Watson playing his wife Queen Elizabeth this film is a rather jolly jape depicting what could have happened if the two princesses had been allowed out on the town for the whole night. Everett and Watson were uncanny as the King and Queen, and the girls bore more than a little resemblance to the Princesses ....although costume, deportment and hairstyle helped enormously. The plot was a little like I imagine that day to be, uproariously out of control but most joyful. My favourite line in the whole film was when Lilibet was asking Jack the airman to assist her to make the most of 'an opportunity to be ordinary on the most extraordinary day of her life'. I wonder if the Queen has seen this and if so, was she a little wistful.


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