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.
When Victoria died, her oldest grandchild, The Kaiser, was wearing a German uniform. In those days he and most all royals went to great lengths to dress in honorary uniforms of the host country. He would have been in civilian clothes or a British uniform. See more »
[as Queen Victoria reaches for her stamp, Abdul grabs it for her instead]
Thank you, Mr...
Abdul. Abdul Karim.
[Queen Victoria continues to write her letters]
I am always writing.
[Queen Victoria looks at him]
In India, I'm writing, a-all day, every day.
So in India, you are not a servant?
No. In India, I'm writing in my very big book.
You're writing a book?
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The title doesn't appear until 16 minutes into the movie. See more »
My wife and I attended a preview screening last night with no preconceived ideas about the movie, not having even seen a trailer.
We were immediately drawn in and pleasantly surprised by the story, even though we thought it may have been a little far fetched. Until we found that it is a biography and mostly fact. That made the story even sweeter.
Dame Judy Dench's acting was peerless as usual, but by far the biggest revelation was Ali Fazal, who put in a wonderful performance from comedic through emotionally intense.
There was so much I didn't know about Queen Victoria's twilight years that this movie put into perspective, in a way that was consistently entertaining. We laughed and cried. Highly recommended.
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