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The Queen (2006)

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After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

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Stephen Frears

Writer:

Peter Morgan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... The Queen
James Cromwell ... Prince Philip
Alex Jennings ... Prince Charles
Roger Allam ... Robin Janvrin
Sylvia Syms ... Queen Mother
Tim McMullan Tim McMullan ... Stephen Lamport
Robin Soans ... Equerry
Lola Peploe Lola Peploe ... Janvrin's Secretary
Douglas Reith ... Lord Airlie
Joyce Henderson Joyce Henderson ... Balmoral Maid
Pat Laffan ... Head Ghillie
Amanda Hadingue Amanda Hadingue ... Queen's Dresser
John McGlynn ... Balmoral Head Ghillie
Gray O'Brien ... Charles' Valet
Dolina MacLennan Dolina MacLennan ... Balmoral Switchboard Operator
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Storyline

Diana, the "People's Princess" has died in a car accident in Paris. The Queen (Dame Helen Mirren) and her family decide that for the best, they should remain hidden behind the closed doors of Balmoral Castle. The heartbroken public do not understand and request that the Queen comforts her people. This also puts pressure on newly elected Tony Blair (Michael Sheen), who constantly tries to convince the monarchy to address the public. Written by Film_Fan

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Taglines:

Queen of a Nation. Queen of Hearts. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | France | Italy

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

17 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La reina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP9,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$122,014, 1 October 2006

Gross USA:

$56,441,711

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,384,128
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Large parts of this movie are real-life; it includes several of Diana's real press conferences, scenes from outside Buckingham Palace after her death (including those of flowers, and the hysterical population taking interviews), and scenes from her funeral. Therefore, many of the uncredited appearances are from Princess Diana, several broadcasters, and many celebrities from the funeral (including Sir Elton John, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, and so on). See more »

Goofs

The ending takes place two months after the funeral of Princess Diana, i.e. early November. Nobody, however, is wearing a Remembrance Day poppy - unthinkable in the UK at that time of year. See more »

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Reporter: After weeks of campaigning on the road, Tony Blair and his family finally strolled the few hundred yards to the polling station this election day morning. Amongst the Labour faithful up and down the country, there is an enormous sense of pride in Mr. Blair's achievements, and the confidence that he is about to become the youngest prime minister this century.
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Libera me
(from "Requiem")
Music by Giuseppe Verdi (as Verdi)
Performed by Lynne Dawson and BBC Singers (as The BBC Singers)
Licensed Courtesy of BBC Worldwide
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Paparazzi Kissed the Princess
9 October 2006 | by WriterDaveSee all my reviews

The paparazzi kissed the princess that fateful week in 1997, but all the English people wanted was their Queen. Stephen Frears' competent, well written, expertly cast and intimate look into the Royal Family and British government in the aftermath of Princess Diana's death is a straightforward, no-nonsense stunner.

Operating both as a comedy of manners where the newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair (an excellent Michael Sheen) must save the Royal Family from themselves before the Monarchy is tossed aside completely by an angry, guilt-ridden public desperately wanting a statement, a word of comfort, or at very least the presence in London of their Queen Elizabeth II (played masterfully by Helen Mirren, who is as cold and stubborn here as she was conflicted and passionate as Elizabeth I in the HBO miniseries of the same name earlier this year), and also as a surprisingly touching testament to the British people's love affair with Princess Diana and more importantly the Monarchy, "The Queen" succeeds splendidly on multiple levels.

Frears combines archival footage of a grieving public and newscasts with intertwining splices of historical recreations and fictionalized riffs on what it must've been like inside the Royal Chambers. The writers get the mannerisms of the Royals down perfect, as people with stiff upper lips who declare their outrage with words like "quite" and "that's not how it's done!" One miscalculation is when the writers try to create a connection between Blair's love for his deceased mother and his newfound sense of protectionism over Elizabeth. It's only surface level, and Freudian, and seems rather out of place in an otherwise totally British film. The rest of the Royals serve as a sideshow, with Prince Charles wimpy and ineffective in the presence of his mother, Prince Phillip (James Cromwell) a rowdy lout, and the Queen Mother (Sylvia Sims) providing equal parts comic relief and aristocratic wisdom to her daughter.

In the end, "The Queen" is a film that sneaks up on you, funnier and more touching than you imagined, and anchored by a classic turn from a consummate British actress as a Queen who desires to understand her people and do them proud while honoring the traditions of her lineage.


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