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The Queen

(DVD - 2005 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"In the wake of Diana's death, the very private and tradition-bound Queen Elizabeth II finds herself in conflict with the new Prime Minister, the slickly modern and image-conscious Tony Blair. The Queen takes you inside the private chambers of the Royal Family and the British government for a captivating look at a vulnerable human being in her darkest hour, as a nation grieving for its Peoples princess waits to see what its leaders will do"--Container.
Title: The Queen
[videorecording]
Publisher: [London] : Granada Screen Ltd. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, c2005, [2007]
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Miramax Films, Pathé Productions and Granada present in association with Pathé, Renn Production, BIM Distribuzione, France 3 Cinema and Canal+ ; a Granada production ; a Stephen Frears film ; directed by Stephen Frears ; written by Peter Morgan ; produced by Andy Harries, Christine Langan, Tracey Seaward
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 2006
Special features: The Making Of ... "The Queen" ; audio commentary by director Stephen Frears and writer Peter Morgan ; audio commentary by British historian and royal expert Robert Lacey, author of "Majesty"
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Contents: The picture of dignity
Prime Minister Tony
Diana
Upsetting news
The people's princess
A public funeral
Modern men
The royal standard
A quiet revolution
Captive beauty
A serious mistake
A day of mourning
Shared grief
The funeral
Two months later
End credits
Summary: "In the wake of Diana's death, the very private and tradition-bound Queen Elizabeth II finds herself in conflict with the new Prime Minister, the slickly modern and image-conscious Tony Blair. The Queen takes you inside the private chambers of the Royal Family and the British government for a captivating look at a vulnerable human being in her darkest hour, as a nation grieving for its Peoples princess waits to see what its leaders will do"--Container.
Awards & Distinctions: Golden Globes, 2006: Best Actress, Helen Mirren and Best Screenplay; Academy Awards, 2006: Best Actress, Helen Mirren
ISBN: 0788870815
9780788870811
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama QUEEN
Credits: Director of photography, Affonso Beato ; editor, Lucia Zucchetti ; music by Alexandre Desplat ; archive consultant, Adam Curtis.
Performers: Helen Mirren (HM Queen Elizabeth II), Michael Sheen (Tony Blair), James Cromwell (Prince Philip), Helen McCrory (Cherie Blair), Alex Jennings (Prince Charles), Roger Allam (Robin Janvrin), and Sylvia Syms (HM The Queen Mother).
System Details: DVD, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, Region 1, 1.85:1 widescreen presentation
Other Language: In English or Spanish; optional subtitles in English and Spanish
Subject Headings: Diana, Princess of Wales, 1961-1997 Death and burial Drama Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926- Drama Blair, Tony, 1953- Drama Great Britain History Elizabeth II, 1952- Drama Funeral rites and ceremonies England Drama Mourning customs England Drama Public relations and politics England Drama England Drama
Genre/Form: Biographical films
Feature films
Foreign films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Funeral rites and ceremonies
Mourning customs
Public relations and politics
Publisher No: 52081 Miramax Home Entertainment
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Sep 20, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good story, terrific acting, interesting social commentary.

Jun 05, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Helen Mirren has had a list of wonderful films, but for my money this is the best. First, this is the history of Queen Elizabeth. It makes her human and not the royal face she must keep up to the rest of the world. History buffs, fans of an inspiring story, you will all be pleased with The Queen!

Nov 29, 2013
  • SusannahElf rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I never thought that I would ever feel sympathy for the Queen! Helen Mirren is terrific and manages to suggest the vulnerable human underneath the funny hats and coiffed hair. It was also surprisingly suspenseful, given that anyone who was alive back then probably knows how it turns out. And I will watch Michael Sheen in anything.

Oct 30, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

the movie as a whole has a made-for-TV feel to it, but Helen Mirren's performance is extraordinary. Her talent and control elevate her character from being just a caricature. The movie raises the interesting issues of how to balance family, privacy and duty vs. public relations and opportunism.

Oct 12, 2013
  • deleuzerimbaud rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Horrible movie. The acting is cheap as is the set. At times the academy is not the best judge of quality. This whole movie seemed unbelievably false (and I mean faker than Transformers movies). Helen Mirren couldn't properly play a queen if she was born so. In fact the only praise I hear of this movie sounds like parroting of exact lines from characters in the movie. The true British Monarch is not so delicate as portrayed here. Downton Abbey's cast could have filmed this much better. I like my pretentious British media as much as the next person who does but this honestly was horrible (in my opinion). I should be given a refund for watching it for free, What's next a movie about Donald Trump where he's crying and reflecting every 15 minutes. The Queen could not be so soft.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best Actress Dame Helen Mirren delivers an extraordinary performance, and bears a remarkable resemblance to Queen Elizabeth II. I found this peek behind The Royal Family's prim and proper palatial walls captivating. It evoked a little empathy from me for The Queen's isolated and lonely position. A position she never asked for, has held for six decades (!) (as of 2012) through unimaginable world crises, admirably, "quietly, and with dignity". I had also forgotten somewhat what an attractive woman Princess Diana was. So sad. What an incredible tribute from her admirers. A terrific piece of work from screenwriter Peter Morgan. Nice job by Michael Sheen, as well. FIVE STARS.

Nov 01, 2012
  • ostwald rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I saw the movie and I had liked it
this is based on a true story not for children to watch

Great movie...excellent job Helen Mirren! Definatly worth seeing. I found it completely absorbing from start to finish.

Helen Mirren is always good. Interesting behind the scenes movie.

Feb 11, 2011
  • SnuggleB68 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This wasn't exactly what I thought it was. The focus was more on how the royal family handled Princess Di's death than about the Queen. I was disappointed.

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May 27, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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May 02, 2008
  • gailygirl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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May 27, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This movie follows the life of the Royal Family dealing with the personal struggles with the death of Princess Diana. Newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair struggles to reach a compromise with the Queen about what course of action to follow after the death.

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Aug 14, 2008
  • nadian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Moment of mature language

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(Opening Statement) "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown." Henry IV, Part II

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tony Blair: ...I believe the moment for statements has passed. I would suggest flying the flag at half-mast above Buckingham Palace... and... coming down to London at the earliest opportunity. It would be a great comfort to your people... and would help them with their grief. HM Queen Elizabeth II: THEIR grief? If you imagine I'm going to drop everything and come down to London before I attend to my grandchildren who've just lost their mother... then you're mistaken. I doubt there is anyone who knows the British people more than I do, Mr. Blair, nor who has greater faith in their wisdom and judgement. And it is my belief that they will any moment reject this... this "mood", which is being stirred up by the press, in favor of a period of restrained grief, and sober, private mourning. That's the way we do things in this country, quietly, with dignity. That's what the rest of the world has always admired us for.

May 27, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"It is my duty to serve my people first, then myself."

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