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 ... 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...

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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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Sarah Gadon and Emily Watson previously starred together in the movie Belle. See more »

Goofs

A corporal would never be an air gunner in the RAF even though at one stage Jack says that he's had his stripes taken off him. Even if he had been a sergeant, the lowest aircrew rank, Jack would not have had the remnants of the upper stripe like portrayed. See more »

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King: This never happened. You were in the Ritz all night.
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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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In The Mood
Written by Wingy Manone (uncredited), Andy Razaf (uncredited) and Joe Garland (uncredited)
Performed by Paul Englishby
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A Pleasurable Historical Fantasy
8 March 2017 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

This period piece is about one magical night in the lives of Princesses Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and Margaret (Bel Powley). It is a fantasy that really captures the imagination. The two royals surely must have been overly protected---from danger, from scandal, from their own teenage whims. But "A Royal Night Out" imagines an adventure on VE Day, when all of London was celebrating and the girls might have yearned to be common enough to join in.

The era is certainly captured by costumes, manners and scenery, allowing the viewer to indulge freely in the illusion. The two young women are delightful. And the general tone of the scenes carries the emotions along, feeling exactly like the overwhelming release that came with victory after years of sacrifice, fear, and stiff upper lips. The scene when the king appears at Buckingham Palace is stirring.

Recommended for history buffs, fans of period pieces and those who might find romance in a childish fantasy that--though it is only about one night--is also a coming of age story. I saw this film before its general release with no knowledge of its subject, and I was pleasantly surprised.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Royal Night Out See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,847, 6 December 2015

Gross USA:

$228,136

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,779,170
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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