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The Favourite (2018)

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In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

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Yorgos Lanthimos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Colman ... Queen Anne
Rachel Weisz ... Lady Sarah
Emma Delves Emma Delves ... Queen's Maid
Faye Daveney ... Sarah's Maid
Emma Stone ... Abigail
Paul Swaine Paul Swaine ... Wanking Man
Jennifer White Jennifer White ... Mrs Meg
Lilly-Rose Stevens Lilly-Rose Stevens ... Sally
Denise Mack Denise Mack ... Kitchen Servant
James Smith ... Godolphin
Mark Gatiss ... Lord Marlborough
Horatio Horatio ... Fastest Duck in the City
Willem Dalby ... Central Tory Booker
Edward Aczel Edward Aczel ... Earl of Stratford
Carolyn Saint-Pé ... Madam Tournee
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Storyline

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language. | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Favourite See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$422,410, 25 November 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,243,870, 11 April 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,544,448, 20 January 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough, is the direct ancestor of both Sir Winston Churchill and Princess Diana (born Diana Spencer). The former was born in Blenheim Palace, which is unfinished in the film, and was named after Sarah Churchill's father-in-law, the first Sir Winston Churchill. Before becoming prime minister, he wrote a biography of Sarah Churchill's husband, the first Duke of Marlborough. See more »

Goofs

Multiple closeup shots clearly show second and third holes in Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz's ear lobes. Multiple ear piercings were not common in the early 1700s, especially for English women at court. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Queen Anne: How was my speech?
Lady Sarah: You were brilliant.
Queen Anne: Did I lisp?
Lady Sarah: You don't lisp.
Queen Anne: I know. That was what was so troubling about it. The thought that I suddenly did.
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In the closing credits, all text is justified making the words hard to read. See more »

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Soundtracks

Skyline Pigeon (Harpsichord Version)
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
Published by Universal/Dick James Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Virgin EMI Records
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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No one to root for!
30 November 2018 | by sillysillymarymSee all my reviews

Interesting thing about this movie, is that there was no likable character at all. That would normally irritate me as I crave a purpose or something to relate to. It's impressive to have felt such a general disappointment in the nature of humanity (honestly shown as cruel, stubborn, helpless, and self-seeking), and still be very drawn in to the dynamics between these people, and some very unexpected moments. It was quirky and witty. Perhaps the most likable person was the dude Abigail marries (such a small part I can't even remember his name in movie)! He was cute and charming, poor guy. Despite having no character to "root" for or connect with (unless you take an exestential journey into the good and bad in all of us and question just how far you would go to get what you think you want out of life...), it was very entertaining, emotional, and captivating. It was clear early on, there is no real winner in this story, however it ends. And the final scene creates a monument to that effect. I really wanted Abigail to be sweet and innocent and her "goodness" to prevail, as a fairy tale... but actually the way it was is exactly right. I loved Sarah's line to Abigail saying something like "you really think you won? We are playing different games" (or something I know that's off). I just want to give that fickle queen some prozac and a hug!! Also, some great glimpses into royalty, higher class, decision making in war (influences), etc...


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