The Young Victoria

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Overview

Director Jean-Marc Vallée takes the helm for this look at the turbulent early years of Queen Victoria Emily Blunt, who was crowned at the age of 18, and whose ill-fated marriage to Prince Albert Rupert Friend would later prompt her into a life of mournful seclusion. Graham King and Martin Scorsese produce a film penned by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes.
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Overview

Director Jean-Marc Vallée takes the helm for this look at the turbulent early years of Queen Victoria Emily Blunt, who was crowned at the age of 18, and whose ill-fated marriage to Prince Albert Rupert Friend would later prompt her into a life of mournful seclusion. Graham King and Martin Scorsese produce a film penned by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes.
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Special Features

Deleted & Extended Scenes; Making of The Young Victoria Featurette; The Real Queen Victoria Featurette; The Coronation Featurette; The Wedding Featurette; Lavish History: A Look at the Costumes and Locations
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Handsomely mounted historical dramas about the great kings and queens in world history are about as durable and long-lasting a genre as filmmaking has ever known. And people who like that kind of thing will find The Young Victoria to be the kind of thing they like. The teenage Victoria Emily Blunt ascends to England's throne after the death of her uncle, King William Jim Broadbent. Because she is unmarried, her choice for a groom has international implications. She's inundated with a steady stream of advice from her mother Miranda Richardson, her closest political aide Paul Bettany, and from many other self-serving members of court. The young queen wants to think for herself, however, and even though she has no desire to marry, takes a shine to Prince Albert Rupert Friend and allows him to begin courting her from afar. Although her people celebrate her grandly at the beginning of her reign, Victoria begins to lose the goodwill of her subjects due to an amateur understanding of politics, and soon comes to believe that Albert may be the only person she can fully trust. Director Jean-Marc Vallée, with the help of outstanding costume design and art direction, serves up sumptuous visual splendor in just about every frame -- this is the kind of movie that deservingly wins a boatload of the coffee-table Oscars. However, if The Young Victoria were nothing more than a series of pretty postcards, it wouldn't be worth watching. Thankfully, Emily Blunt effortlessly and gracefully displays the charm required to make Victoria a heroine worth cheering -- she may be naïve, but she's never dumb. Her growth over the course of the movie is subtle -- this is not a character who undergoes a sweeping change, but rather one who slowly but surely figures out what she wants, and then goes about getting it. Granted, there are no surprises, per se, especially if you're familiar with the actual historical events that are being played out. But fans of well-acted, elaborately ornate movies about palace intrigue and romance will find much to enjoy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2010
  • UPC: 043396349933
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 4,870

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emily Blunt Queen Victoria
Rupert Friend Prince Albert
Paul Bettany Lord Melbourne
Miranda Richardson Duchess of Kent
Jim Broadbent King William
Thomas Kretschmann King Leopold,
Mark Strong Conroy, John Conroy, Sir John Conroy
Jesper Christensen Baron Stockmar
Julian Glover Wellington, Duke of Wellington
Harriet Walter Queen Adelaide
Jeanette Hain Baroness Lehzen
Michael Maloney Peel, Sir Robert Peel
Genevieve O'Reilly Flora, Lady Flora Hastings
Michiel Huisman Ernest
Rachael Stirling Duchess of Sutherland
Morven Christie Watson
Josef Altin Edward Oxford
Tom Brooke Lord Chamberlain
Michaela Brooks Young Victoria Age 11
Grace Smith Young Victoria Age 5
Sophie Roberts Lady Portman
Charlie Clarke The Newsboy
Robert Cambrinus Kammerrher Turner
Tom Fisher Lord Chamberlain
Sean Dingwall Footman
Alice Glover Duchess of Montrose
David Horovitch Sir James Clark
Jo Hartley Landlady
Bernard Lloyd Archbishop of Canterbury
Johnny Lyne-Perkis Earl of Derby
Iain Mitchell Speaker
David Robb Whig Member
Malcolm Sinclair Charles Kemble
Julia St. John Marchioness of Hastings
Thomas Michael Voss Dancing Master
Julie McDonnell Lady in Waiting
Liam Scott Duke of Sussex
Mark Beesley Opera Singer
Richard Quine Opera Singer
Nick Chopping Footman
Rowley Irlam Footman
Kelly Dent Cupid, Riding Double 'Victoria'
C.C. Smiff Riding Double 'Albert'
Mark Henson Falling Bishop
Chad Hobson Vocals
Celia Graham Vocals
Dominic Preece Officer of Escort
Peter White Apprehending Pedestrian
Lenny Woodcock Pedestrian
Technical Credits
Jean-Marc Vallée Director
Kate Benton Makeup
Jill Bilcock Editor
Hagen Bogdanski Cinematographer
Stuart Brisdon Special Effects Supervisor
Marc Cote Special Effects Supervisor
Maureen Crowe Musical Direction/Supervision
Ilan Eshkeri Score Composer
Julian Fellowes Screenwriter
Sarah Ferguson Producer
Susie Figgis Casting
Matt Garner Editor
Mandy Gold Makeup
Tim Headington Producer
Paul Jutras Editor
Julie Kendrick Makeup
Graham King Producer
Chris Lowe Art Director
Jack Murphy Choreography
Denis O'Sullivan Co-producer
Anita Overland Co-producer
Martin Pinsonnault Sound/Sound Designer
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Deborah Saban Asst. Director
Martin Scorsese Producer
Jenny Shircore Makeup
Colin Vaines Executive Producer
Patrice Vermette Production Designer
Alexandra Walker Art Director
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted December 23, 2010

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    CUTEST MOVIE EVAAAAH!

    Emily Blunt, bravo! I loved this movie and it also made me cry at the end when I saw that Albert--Queen Victoria's husband--died from typhoid fever. They were so cute together! Even though when you do some research, you find out...that Albert was...Victoria's cousin...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Simple but entertaining

    There honestly wasn't too much to this story, but it was still entertaining and sweet. It was about the early life of Queen Victoria. From the early days of her childhood with her mother and her mother's controlling man. To her coming of age and becoming Queen. Once crowned she soon discovers that she has few friends and that being a woman AND a Queen may work to her disadvantage, if she doesn't take control of her own life. Albert proves to be not only her love, but her best friend. A heart warming story. I love a a good period peice, I watched this early Sunday morning on my day off and couldn't have been happier. I will definitely buy it and watch it again on a rainy day :)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This movie was...

    I waited a long time to see this movie and I must say - it was worth the wait. The primary focus of the movie is Queen Victoria's journey and development from a young child to the longest reigning monarch in history. The love story between Victoria and Albert is quite cute and the chemistry between Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend is undeniable. Also, the costumes and setting designs are simpy quite beautiful and fantastic. I recommend this movie for those who enjoy a glimpse into the lives of royalty and this movie will force them to realize that privilege, riches, and power are often not enough to lead a satisfying and happy life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

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    A top notch film about the royals. The acting is superb. The ver

    A top notch film about the royals. The acting is superb. The very gifted Emily Blunt portays the young Queen Victoria as a very human, relate-able and complex young woman, struggling to transform herself into the stoic disciplined matriachal sovereign she later became. Rupert Friend does an excellent job portraying Prince Albert and manages to be likable, though the character's motives aren't always clear. Visually beautiful and very interesting.

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  • Posted December 23, 2010

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    Love iiiiiiiittttttttttttttttttttttt

    Omg!!!! Great Movie favorite queen EVER (OTHER THAN ELIZABETH THE 1ST)!!!!!!!!! The only thing that is bad about this thing is that Albert is her cousin (read that from izzie_likes_books) lol delisouis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Historical Drama is my favorite and this one is excellent.

    The costuming and the acting are superb.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Victoria Lives

    This is one of those beautiful period films that the British do better than anyone else. It is a visual treat to immerse yourself in the early Victorian world and experience the palaces, the gardens, the parties, the fashions of the day. At the heart of the film is the love story of Victoria (Emily Blunt) and Albert (Rupert Friend), depicted here as surprisingly sexy and quietly determined to win the hand of the Queen. Like a lot of other folks, I have this mental image of the middle aged to elderly, scowling, dour "We-are-not-amused" Victoria, and so it was refreshing to see her as she might have been, railing at the constraints placed upon her by those who wised to either manipulate her or "protect" her. The viewer gets the sense of just how very claustrophobic her existence must have been until taking the throne freed her from her mother's grip. I don't think there's a teenage girl alive today who can't relate to the drama depicted between Victoria and the Duchess of Kent. The love story itself is tender and sensitively portrayed, although I never thought I'd see the day when I'd be interested in watching a bed scene between Victoria and Albert. The film is a beautiful portrayal of the first part of their love story that never really ended despite Albert's premature death. There an idea here of just why they had so many children.

    As an aside, I was fortunate enough to see the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising exhibit of Academy Award nominated costumes earlier this year. Every bit of detail and craft that went into creating the authentic costumes was shared in creating all the visuals of the film. It's a pity that more detail could not have been seen of some of the gowns, including the wedding dress, which was copied from the original still in storage at Kensington Palace. This film is eye candy from start to finish, and a must for anyone with a love for Victoriana or beautiful art direction.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Victoria lives

    I think that most of us are familiar with the Victoria Regina of the "we are not amused" variety. The Widow of Windsor, a plump old woman dressed in black, dripping with diamonds and surrounded by grandchildren. This film humanized Victoria in a way that no other film I've watched has done. Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) makes a wonderful queen-in-waiting, chafing at the restrictions placed upon her by her mother, the Duchess of Kent (Miranda Richardson) and her mother's "private secretary," who seems to be using both women to attain his own goals. Jim Broadbent plays a small but pivotal role as the dying King William, who is ANGRY at not being given more access to his niece and heir in order to train her for the difficult job ahead of her. Rupert Friend is a surprisingly romantic and sexy Prince Albert, the strongest of the contenders for Victoria's hand. The earliest photos of the real Victoria and Albert were taken when the couple was well into parenthood and middle age, and there is nothing attractive or enticing about either of them, but perhaps it has to do with the primitive state of photography in the 1840's. This movie allows you to see them as emotional, loving young people who are very much attracted to each other, but also aware that they are both being manipulated by others who would very much like to control them. It's been a long time since a movie brought me to tears, but the tender romance depicted here did the trick.

    As an aside, I attended the exhibition of Academy Award nominated costumes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and saw a good number of the dresses that were used in this movie. The workmanship is incredible in person, and it's a pity that moviegoers could not have seen more of the wedding dress or some other details of some of the incredible costumes from the film. Every bit of attention to detail that I saw in the costumes was reflected on the screen when it came to hair, set decoration, props, locations, etc. You are very much immersed in the world of the early Victorian period, and it is a journey well worth taking time and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    If you enjoy movies like Pride and Prejudice, Becoming Jane, and The Duchess you will love The Young Victoria. Emily Blunt does a wonderful job of playing Queen Victoria, and you will keep watching the movie over and over again.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    What a beautiful lovestory!

    After seeing this movie in the theaters, we knew we would be purchasing the DVD. We only wish they had continued Albert and Victoria's life a bit further...we didn't want it to end.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    If you are an Anglophile, enjoy a love story, enjoy history, are into period pieces, well investigated costumery....then you will enjoy this film.

    I am all of the things I mention in the title, from Angliphile to history buff. I have enjoyed, since I was in HS, English history, particularly the Victorian period, as the children of Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (who was also her 1st cousin) populated most of the thrones of Europe until after WWI. We think of Victoria as; stodgy, old, unanimated, imperious, grieving and always dressed in black. Indeed, it is difficult to think of her as young. This is what this film allows us to see. This is not the first time we have seen this, as the BBC and A&E did a 2 part mini series of a younger Victoria and Albert, with an all star cast a decade ago. This film, though, brings it to us with more details to dress, etc...but does not bring the emotions that the mini series did. This is OK, though, as those who would go to see this, would already know the history of this woman who ruled through most of the 19th centurythe "Victorian Era"! Since her husband, crudely stated, as royal stud, produced about 9 children, (I believe, 8 or 9) and then died of typhoid, one could say he did his job as consort. Therefore, though, beyond knowing that Victoria's husband's name was Albert, most know little about him. Anyone who has been to London will know his name, Albert, as Victoria, after his untimely death at a young age, named so many things after him, from Royal Albert Hall to the V & A Museum. Anyway, this film gives us a peek into their lives, the resentments between "V" and her mother. Between "V" and Albert, as no one was sure of what his role was and she was often made to feel, pushed by others like her life long nanny, Lehzen, a German, that he was trying to upsurp her. Between her and one of PM's, Peel after he overthrew her 'father figure' Lord Melbourne. The folm shows a young girl of 18, so sheltered that she was not allowed to go up or down the stairs without another person taking her arm. Who was stopped, as most despised her German mother, and her mom reacted with not allowing her, Victoria, from attending court functions, as heir presumptive to the throne. Thusly, when she became queen at 18, just weeks after her majority, she ran with it and immediately detached form her mother and her mother's aide de camp, Conway, who wanted to remain as advisor to Victoria through her mother, as far as going to ministers telling them that she would be too young to rule at 18 and that her mom should be regent, with him pulling the strings, of course. He mistreated Victoria and her mother would not stand up to Conway, who was immediately gotten rid of after her taking the crown. I enjoyed the film, but there was nothing new in the information I was getting. Hard to think of the incredibly beautiful Emily Blunt as the stodgy Victoria, but she pulls it off, well. Rupert Friend, a very handsome and endearing young man, does well as Albert. Showing his insecuritues but need to be useful to his wife. Miranda Richardson did well as Mom, but Penelope Wilton, who did the same role for the BBC version, was more believeable and so easy to dislike. Huge parts of "V"s first years as queen, were so down sized which you will note ig you know the history. I loved it and if you know that period, you will, too. Very good job. Also so nice to see a story that is real, not made in front of green screens, but human interactions with human emotions, little to no violence. etc. That, alone,

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wonderful Romance

    I absolutely love this movie. Emily Blunt is absolutely wonderful as Queen Victoria. Mark Strong is a great villain and Rupert Friend is charming and handsome and looks exactly like Albert. The movie is romantic. Emily Blunt brings the Queen to life.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    God Save the Queen!!!

    I loved this movie. Emily Blunt was a wonderful Victoria, I cannot imagine anybody else playing this part but Emily. Rupert Friend was an excellent Albert. I wished this movie could have gone on longer, but you will not be disappointed.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Enthralling

    I loved this movie. beautifully acted, wonderful scenery and costumes.
    Emily Blunt is so beautiful I fell in love with her, if only I were able.
    Overall a beautiful movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    VICTORIA IS THE ONLY QUEEN FOR ME

    I LOVED THE MOVIE IN THE THEATRE AND CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL I RECEIVE THE MOVIE...!

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