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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.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

Lee Hall (screenplay by), Shrabani Basu (based on the book by)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judi Dench ... Queen Victoria
Ali Fazal ... Abdul Karim
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Sir Henry Ponsonby
Eddie Izzard ... Bertie, Prince of Wales
Adeel Akhtar ... Mohammed
Michael Gambon ... Lord Salisbury
Paul Higgins ... Dr. Reid
Olivia Williams ... Lady Churchill
Fenella Woolgar ... Miss Phipps
Julian Wadham ... Alick Yorke
Robin Soans ... Arthur Bigge
Ruth McCabe ... Mrs. Tuck
Simon Callow ... Puccini
Sukh Ojla Sukh Ojla ... Mrs. Karim
Kemaal Deen-Ellis ... 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

Arabic | English | Urdu | Hindi

Release Date:

6 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Victoria y Abdul See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$158,845, 24 September 2017

Gross USA:

$22,245,070

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,421,267
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the visit to Balmoral, Dr. Reid says "I hate Scotland". Paul Higgins was born in Scotland. See more »

Goofs

At the first dinner, we can see the servers holding trays of soup standing behind the diners. Then the boy runs to the kitchen to announce they want the soup course. We see the waiters bringing trays of soup into the dining room then they cut to that same scene of the waiters standing behind the diners with the same trays of soup. See more »

Quotes

Sir Henry Ponsonby: To celebrate the completion of the Durbar Room, a little surprise, Your Majesty.
[Queen Victoria is presented with a mango in a box]
Queen Victoria: What is it?
Sir Henry Ponsonby: A mango, Your Majesty.
Abdul Karim: One moment, Your Majesty.
[Abdul looks at the mango and presses it, some juice sticking to his finger]
Abdul Karim: Uh, it-it's... off.
Queen Victoria: Sir Henry, this mango is off.
[servant closes the mango box and backs away]
Sir Henry Ponsonby: I-I'm terribly sorry, Your Majesty.
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The title doesn't appear until 16 minutes into the movie. See more »


Soundtracks

Whistle O'er the Lave O't
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Performed by Willie Cochrane
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Mixed feelings
27 March 2018 | by doctortv-23515See all my reviews

I feel this tried to be both a love story and a historical epic. It fell short trying to serve two masters. The costuming and sets were lovely. Dench is always strong and didn't disappoint. But it rather felt a bit like a made for TV film


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