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Starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren, The Queen is an intimate behind-the-scenes glimpse at the interaction between HM Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair during their struggle, following the death of Diana, to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal family and the public''s demand for an overt display of mourning.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 204225843
UPC 786936712414
UPC 14 00786936712414
Format DVD
Release Date 12/26/2008
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Mirren,Helen
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Cast & Crew
Affonso Beato - Cinematographer
Alexandre Desplat - Original Music By
Christine Langan - Producer
Franck Schwarz - Art Director
Helen Mirren - Actor
James Cromwell - Actor
Lucia Zucchetti - Editor
Matthew Broderick - Art Director
Michael Sheen - Actor
Peter Morgan - Writer
Scott Rudin - Executive Producer
Stephen Frears - Director
Sylvia Syms - Actor
Winner (2007) British Academy Awards, Helen Mirren, Best Actress in a Leading Role,British Academy Awards, Tracey Seaward, et. al., Best Film,Golden Globe, Helen Mirren, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, Peter Morgan, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Oscar, Helen Mirren, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role,Screen Actors Guild, Helen Mirren, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Winner (2006) Venice Film Festival, Stephen Frears, FIPRESCI Prize - Competition,Venice Film Festival, Peter Morgan, Golden Osella - Best Screenplay,Venice Film Festival, Helen Mirren, Volpi Cup - Best Actress
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review With The Queen, Stephen Frears has at least two items on his agenda: to humanize the head of the British monarchy while at the same time indicating how far removed she has become from the concerns of her subjects. He also poses questions about the relevancy of the monarchy in today's society, but that's hardly a new issue and Frears doesn't press the matter. The Queen is an interesting character study...The film will inevitably have greater appeal in the United Kingdom, where the Queen is an integral part of life, than in the United States, where she is a distant (and somewhat curious) figurehead. Nevertheless, the movie is compelling enough to interest nearly anyone, even an anti-monarchist, and remind us that even the most glacial of icons contains a human heart.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Told in quiet scenes of proper behavior and guarded speech, "The Queen" is a spellbinding story of opposed passions -- of Elizabeth's icy resolve to keep the royal family separate and aloof from the death of the divorced Diana, who was legally no longer a royal, and of Blair's correct reading of the public mood...The screenplay is intense, focused, literate, observant. The dynamic between Elizabeth and Philip (James Cromwell), for example, is almost entirely defined by decades of what has not been said between them -- and what need not be said...Mirren is the key to it all in a performance sure to be nominated for an Oscar. She finds a way, even in a "behind the scenes" docudrama, to suggest that part of her character will always be behind the scenes. What a masterful performance, built on suggestion, implication and understatement.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
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Actor Mirren,Helen
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...the kind of thought-provoking, well-written and savvy film that discerning filmgoers long for but rarely get.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post ...[Mirren] delivers the performance of a lifetime...witty, touching and engrossing...
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times A sublimely nimble evisceration of that cult of celebrity known as the British royal family.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor ...Mirren gives the mostly subtly expressive performance based on a living historical figure that I've ever seen.
Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly Politically shrewd, unexpectedly funny yet immaculately tasteful docudrama.

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