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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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Based on an extraordinary true story. See more »


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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,245,070, 4 January 2018
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When filming began in September 2016, Judi Dench was one month older than Queen Victoria was when she died. See more »

Goofs

When Victoria takes her household and family to visit the Karim Family in their cottage at Osborne, the Queen introduces her granddaughter Sophie as the Queen of Greece. Sophie did not become Queen of Greece until 1913. See more »

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Sir Henry Ponsonby: Breakfast with the Royal Princes of Belgium. 11:00, an audience with the Sultan of Dubai, where Her Majesty will be presented with the Diamond of Oojay. Garden party where Her Majesty will receive Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, again, and Queen Liliuokalani.
Queen Victoria: Who on Earth is she?
Sir Henry Ponsonby: A monarch and, uh, sole Queen Regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Your Majesty. Uh, she has composed a song for you on the ukulele. Uh, but we have managed to put her off. Then you will eat with the Prime Minister ...
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Begins with text that says it is "Based on real events... mostly". See more »


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Sons of the Brave
Written by Thomas Bidgood
Arranged & Conducted by J.A.C. Redford
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Why are these two so important to each other?
6 November 2017 | by ScorchedgoatSee all my reviews

First, let me say that this movie was gorgeous. Secondly, I'll say that Dame Judy Dench and Eddie Izzard are great, and...well that's about it.

In my opinion, Dench and Fazal have absolutely no chemistry. The whole movie I kept waiting for something to connect these two in a way that would feel meaningful, and it never came.

I kept thinking, "Why would this woman care so much about this man?" He seems to relish her presence and her his...but why?

He treats his friend like absolute garbage and he just seemed like such a selfish individual, even with his childlike wonder about royalty, he just never seemed to "get it".

Go back and watch Mrs. Brown to see a better Queen Victoria story.


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