DVD 103 mins IMDB 7.6
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
The Queen
Miramax (2006)
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(4/8/2007 )

John Wood
Biography, Comedy, Drama
UK  /  English

Helen Mirren HM Queen Elizabeth II
Michael Sheen Tony Blair
James Cromwell Prince Philip
Sylvia Syms HM The Queen Mother
Alex Jennings Prince Charles
Helen McCrory Cherie Blair
Roger Allam Robin Janvrin
Tim McMullan Stephen Lamport
Douglas Reith Lord Airlie
Robin Soans Equerry

Director Stephen Frears
Producer Andy Harries; François Ivernel; Tracey Seaward; Christine Langan
Writer Peter Morgan

Helen Mirren reigns supreme in The Queen, a witty and ingenious look at a moment that rocked the house of Windsor: the week that followed the sudden death of Princess Diana in 1997. Diana's death came at just the same time that Prime Minister Tony Blair (played by the bright Michael Sheen) was settling into his new government--and trying to figure out the delicate relationship between 10 Downing Street and Queen Elizabeth II (Mirren). A large portion of the British population was trying to figure out the Windsors that week, as Elizabeth remained stiff-upper-lip and largely mum about the death of the beloved princess. In Peter Morgan's skillful script, we watch as Blair grows increasingly impatient with the Royals, who are sequestered in their Scottish estate while the public demands some show of grief. Prince Philip (James Cromwell, in good form) clumsily decides to take Diana's sons hunting, while a sympathetically-treated Prince Charles (Alex Jennings) displays some frustration with his mother's eerie calm.

None of this conveys how funny the film is, or how deftly it flows from one scene to the next. Director Stephen Frears (Dirty Pretty Things) deserves great credit for that, and for the performances, and for the movie's marvelous sense of well-roundedness; you could see this movie and groan at the cluelessness of the Royals and their outmoded existence, or you might just sympathize with showing reserve in a world that values gross public displays of emotion. But either way, you'll marvel at Mirren, who makes the Queen far more alert and human than one might ever have imagined. --Robert Horton

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Edition Details
Barcode 786936712414
Region Region 1
Release Date 4/24/2007
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Purchase Date 4/8/2007
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
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