Miss PotterDirector: Chris Noonan
The true story of the woman who created some of the most beloved characters in children's literature comes to the screen in this drama leavened with elements of comedy and romance. Beatrix Potter (Renée Zellweger) is a imaginative but gently eccentric woman living in the socially and intellectually confining circumstances of Victorian England. Potter's wealthy parents are eager for her to marry a successful man and settle down, but she has ideas of her own, and has been writing and illustrating a series of stories for children centered around a character she calls Peter Rabbit. Potter's efforts to find a publisher for her stories prove difficult, but in time she finds a firm who agrees to give her book a chance, and Norman Warne (Ewan McGregor) is put in charge of the project. While Warne is new to the publishing game, he believes Potter has great talent and potential, and throws himself into the work with enthusiasm. A strong personal bond grows between Potter and Warne, and in time he asks her to marry him; however, Beatrix's parents do not approve of Norman, and she is forced to choose between her mother and father and the man she loves. Norman's sister Mille (Emily Watson) urges Beatrix to follow her heart, and she accepts Norman's proposal, but fate has other plans. Miss Potter was directed by Chris Noonan, who created an international sensation with his first feature film, Babe.
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- Weinstein Company
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- [Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|Renée Zellweger||Beatrix Potter|
|Ewan McGregor||Norman Warne|
|Emily Watson||Millie Warne|
|Barbara Flynn||Mrs. Potter|
|Bill Paterson||Rupert Potter|
|Matyelok Gibbs||Miss Wiggin|
|Lloyd Owen||William Heelis|
|Anton Lesser||Harold Warne|
|David Bamber||Fruing Warne|
|Phyllida Law||Mrs. Warne|
|Lucy Boynton||Young Beatrix|
|Grant Armstrong||Art Director|
|Martin Childs||Production Designer|
|Steve Christian||Executive Producer|
|Guy Heeley||Asst. Director|
|Peter Lindsay||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Louis Phillips||Executive Producer|
|Anthony Powell||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Maggie Rodford||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Colin Vaines||Executive Producer|
|Harvey Weinstein||Executive Producer|
|Bob Weinstein||Executive Producer|
|Nigel Westlake||Score Composer|
|Victoria Williams||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Nigel Wooll||Executive Producer|
|Renée Zellweger||Executive Producer|
1. Painting in Blue [3:22]
2. Life Is an Adventure [5:16]
3. Beatrix's Story [4:33]
4. The Bunny Chase [6:52]
5. Peter Rabbit [6:25]
6. Jemima Puddle-Duck [7:34]
7. Christmas Party [6:16]
8. New Feelings [5:55]
9. Social Climbers [7:06]
10. Happy Couple [7:46]
11. A Close Friend [8:56]
12. Hilltop Farm [7:50]
13. Auction [6:15]
14. Preserving the Land [3:49]
15. End Credits [4:44]
Feature Commentary With Director Chris Noonan: On
Feature Commentary With Director Chris Noonan: Off
The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter
The Making of a Real-Life Fairy Tale
Music Video: "When You Taught Me How to Dance" by Katie Melua
Captioning and Subtitles
English for the Hearing Impaired
Captioning and Subtitles: None
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MISS POTTER is a film that is beautiful to watch, is heartwarming, and shows how a minimal story line can give an inside picture of the life of a famous person without superimposing the brouhaha that Hollywood usually frosts biographies. England 1902 is the time we meet Beatrix Potter (Renée Zellweger), a spinster in her late twenties whose life is centered on her 'friends' - the little animal figures who grace her stories, friends like Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck, Jeremy Fisher, Tom Kitten, Hunca Munca etc - as she attempts to have her illustrated children's stories published. Her overbearing mother (Barbara Flynn) disapproves of Beatrix' preoccupation with matters other than proper marriage and her father (Bill Patterson) supports her art but knows his daughter is not a 'fine artist'. Yet on a fluke Beatrix wins over the publishing firm of the Warne Brothers: offering to publish her books is more to appease the youngest brother Norman (Ewan McGregor) who pleads for a project that will make him part of the family business than to lend credibility to Potter's output. Potter and Norman Warne connect over the simple beauty of the books and with Norman's sister Millie (Emily Watson) the three find success in a difficult industry - one especially onerous for female authors. The story of Norman and Beatrix's developing love, appalling to her parents, includes a period of parental imposed separation as Beatrix moves to the Lake Country to write and paint and continue her growing passion for Norman in delicate letters. Norman succumbs to an illness and his death devastates Beatrix and Millie. Beatrix manages to temper her mourning with a newfound passion in the Lake Country, and with the help of her old friend William Heelis (Lloyd Owen), she purchases her Lake Country home and as one of the first 'environmentalists' she buys the surrounding farms to prevent their destruction by corporate industrial greed. Beatrix Potter has become a wealthy woman through her own triumph as a writer and illustrator of children's books and finds restored happiness in securing the fairytale countryside where her 'friends' continue to help her weave tales that remain to this time some of the world's finest stories. The visuals of this film, from the opening sequences of watercolor preparation to the enchanting vistas of the Lake Country, are stunningly beautiful. The script by Richard Maltby, Jr. remains rather superficial, but director Chris Noonan makes the best of a thin storyline to create a warmly human view of Potter. Renée Zellweger as Beatrix inhabits the roles in all but her flawed British accent, a factor that unfortunately stretches credibility in the presence of the rest of the professional cast. But she captures Potter's determination and vulnerability and in the end she wins our hearts. This is a fine little film that pays homage to a great lady of the literary arts: it is as unfettered and simple as the durable classics Potter left as her legacy. Grady Harp
Touching yet whimsical, "Miss Potter" has depth, drive, literature, history, romance and a bit of tragedy along with triumph. I felt I had a true glimpse into the author's life and times.
Reading Peter Rabbit and company to children is one of life's simple pleasures, as was watching Chris Noonan's treatment of the middle years of author Beatrix Potter's life. Not content to become the wife of a "suitable" man to fulfill the expectations of Edwardian society, Miss Potter remained single until well into her forties. Truly a woman ahead of her time, she filled her rather solitary life with meaningful literary, artistic, and scientific pursuits, leaving a legacy that will endure long into the future. Beatrix Potter's remarkable spirit and character are well represented in this film, portrayed with admirable restraint by Rene Zellweger. The supporting cast was equally well chosen and talented. Part love story and part biography, this film captures time and place via stunning cinematography. Intelligent and quietly eloquent, it is a portrait of a life well and genuinely lived.
Historical love story with new age twists.
It is a sad and a cute story. I really loved it.
An absolutely marvelous movie!!!! Renee is superb!!!! I can watch it again & again!!!!
Wonderful portrayal of a feisty, extremely gifted author!
I adore this movie. Brilliant script matched with a genius direction. A true story told beautifully with an exceptional cast that takes you inside Beatrix Potter's world.
After having read Potter's stories growing up and re-reading them to my son when he was young, I must say that this movie brought to life the magic and imagination which was always in my mind when it came to her stories. This is sure to be a keeper in everyone's family movie collection. Loved it loved it!