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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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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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

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

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

During the train ride, Victoria's son Bertie, born in 1841, claims to be 57 years old. While the film begins in 1887, it continues through the following 14 years. See more »

Quotes

[as Queen Victoria reaches for her stamp, Abdul grabs it for her instead]
Queen Victoria: Thank you, Mr...
Abdul Karim: Abdul. Abdul Karim.
[Queen Victoria continues to write her letters]
Abdul Karim: I am always writing.
[Queen Victoria looks at him]
Abdul Karim: In India, I'm writing, a-all day, every day.
Queen Victoria: So in India, you are not a servant?
Abdul Karim: No. In India, I'm writing in my very big book.
Queen Victoria: You're writing a book?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Begins with text that says it is "Based on real events... mostly". See more »

Connections

Follows Mrs Brown (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

O'Sullivan's March
Traditional
Arranged & Conducted by J.A.C. Redford
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Victoria and Abdul - Largely Fact or Mostly Fiction?
14 January 2019 | by krocheavSee all my reviews

This movie is a treat for the eyes with gorgeous Scottish locations, stylishly detailed costumes, stately summer palaces, and consists of many professional performances. It's good to see Dame Dench give a strong performance following some by-the-numbers of late. It also holds the attention for most of its run time by offering a tell-tale story of a little known relationship between this long reigning Queen, with a randomly selected Indian - who was one of two 'local subjects' brought to England to present her with a specially minted gold coin - as token of appreciation from British ruled India. The close relationship that follows between her and one of the guest presenters tends to become perhaps a little too romanticised for the level of believability expected of its audience. Victoria's Burqa comments made at her first sight of Abdul's wife - seem far too 'fanciful' if not highly doubtful.

It's more like a case of this older woman maybe being mesmerized by the mystical East or the BBC perhaps, following a mandate to sell a political message of Muslim cleansing to the British populace and the world. Either way there's a feeling that, at its core, maybe lays a major thread of PC manipulation. If you can brush this aside you'll enjoy a well-made tale of highly unusual interracial fascination but, there remain other odd facts to overcome. As head of the Church of England this Queen is allowed to slowly die - without a representative of her church being in attendance - highly suspect if this is being claimed as true! The introductory credits tell us; "This story is based on real events...well, mostly". Make of that what you will.


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