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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Queen Victoria
... Abdul Karim
... Sir Henry Ponsonby
... Bertie, Prince of Wales
... Mohammed
... Lord Salisbury
... Dr. Reid
... Lady Churchill
... Miss Phipps
... Alick Yorke
... Arthur Bigge
... Mrs. Tuck
... Puccini
Sukh Ojla ... Mrs. Karim
... Ahmed
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Storyline

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

Gross USA:

$22,245,070, 4 January 2018
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Director Stephen Frears was awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the 74th Venice Film Festival (2017) just before a public screening of this film. Other cast members present at the screening included Dame Judi Dench, Ali Fazal and Eddie Izzard. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Major Bigge is introduced as a member of the royal house of Windsor. The Windsor name was not actually used until 1917. See more »

Quotes

Queen Victoria: Everyone I love has died and I just go on and on. What is the point?
Abdul Karim: Service, Your Majesty. We are here for a greater purpose.
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The title doesn't appear until 16 minutes into the movie. See more »

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Man from Glengarry
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Performed by Charlie Stewart
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Empty costume flick
12 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

For all the praise and glory this flick has received I must disagree!

Judi Dench is boorish as Victoria because it's just another Dench role she has perfected in previous movies. A strong willed hard nosed yet vulnerable woman. And Ali Fazal as Abdul comes across as more like a puppet than a person. The character development in both Victoria and Abdul is at a total loss.

I believe the other reviewers that speak so colorfully about this flick are overwhelmed by the magnificent production and photography and completely fail to see the thread bare script and transparent story line.

Four stars because it was pretty to watch.


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