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Victoria & Abdul (2017)

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Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

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Lord Salisbury
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Ahmed
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Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.

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An extraordinary tale of a queen and her new best friend. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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6 October 2017 (USA)  »

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Victoria y Abdul  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$158,845, 24 September 2017, Limited Release

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$22,245,070, 4 January 2018
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Judi Dench played Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love (1998) as well as Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown (1997) an this film. See more »

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Victoria said she was ruler of "nearly a billion people". The English language adopted this Americanism for 1000 million only in the 1990s. See more »

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Queen Victoria: I am 81 years of age. I've had nine children and 42 grandchildren, and have almost a billion citizens. I have rheumatism, a collapsed uterus, I'm morbidly obese and deaf in one ear. I have known 11 Prime Ministers and passed 2,347 pieces of legislation. I've been in office 62 years, 234 days. Thus, I am the longest-serving monarch in world history. I'm responsible for five households and a staff of over 3,000. I am cantankerous, boring, greedy, fat, ill-tempered, at times selfish and myopic, ...
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The title doesn't appear until 16 minutes into the movie. See more »

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Follows Mrs Brown (1997) See more »

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I'm Called Little Buttercup
Written by W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan
Arranged by Terry Davies
Performed by Judi Dench & Eddie Izzard
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That Dame can act!
15 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Some good performances to support another superb performance by Judy Dench. Izzard was a revelation.

Good pace, good camera work - More history well told than masterpiece, but a good night out.

More comedic lines than I was expecting. Is the racism at the core of the film as much about class as religion?


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