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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 184 wins & 330 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Willem Dalby ... Central Tory Booker
Edward Aczel Edward Aczel ... Earl of Stratford
Carolyn Saint-Pé 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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Trivia

Winston Churchill was born in the palace Queen Anne built for Sarah Churchill in 1874, 166 years after the movie takes place. The Churchill family continued to live in Blenheim Palace for 300 years. See more »

Goofs

An upper-class person is described as "posh." According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first recorded use of the word in that context was in 1914. 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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Crazy Credits

Both the Twentieth Century Fox and Film4 fanfares are played using the creaking and sounds of rabbits in their cages. See more »

Connections

Referenced in World's Greatest Palaces: Kensington Palace (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Fantasia in C Minor, BWV 562
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Peter Hurford
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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A charmingly quirky film
2 February 2019 | by n-kefalaSee all my reviews

Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are both brilliantly witty and Colman's performance is nothing less but sublime. The three leads are able to hold a fascinating performance that is difficult to achieve. Yorgos Lanthimos retains a pessimistic view of human nature but all goes down with a touch of British glam, as he pushes the idea of the capricious queen through the far reaches of comedy and almost into tragedy. With its brilliant and dramatic script, the sharp dialogues, the great performances, the wonderful production design contributions and a beautiful cinematography, may be for more open-minded audiences, but it's such a charmingly quirky film and is my front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar. nikisreviews.gr


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$422,410, 25 November 2018

Gross USA:

$34,366,783

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,918,706
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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